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Floyd County Community Foundation distributes more than $104,000 to local organizations

Floyd County Community Foundation distributes more than $104,000 to local organizations
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The Floyd County Community Foundation has granted more than $104,000 to help fund 20 projects by organizations in the county.

In an awards ceremony presented by online video because of COVID-19 concerns, Charley Newman, chair of the foundation governing committee, introduced a listing of each of the grant recipients, many with photos representing their groups.

“Each year, the Floyd County Community Foundation awards grants to various nonprofits working to carry out effective and transformative projects,” Newman said. “While we typically host an in-person celebration and are unable to do that this year, we are proud to support these nonprofits and the impacts they are making throughout Floyd County communities.”

The grants totaled $104,104.94, were made in six different categories, and went to the following projects and organizations:

Art and Culture

  • Floyd County Fair Society, Stunt Dog Productions show, $7,500.
  • Floyd County ISU Extension and Outreach, Floyd County Fair foodstand building, $10,000.
  • National 19th Amendment Society, website redesign – Catching up to 21st Century Demands, $3,500.

Community Betterment

  • Charles City Civic Foundation, Community Revitalization Main Street flowerpots, $1,000.
  • City of Marble Rock, Park Board – new bathrooms, $5,000.
  • City of Marble Rock, WFBMR community center lighting, $5,000.
  • City of Rockford, street light project, $5,329.94.


  • City of Charles City, Floyd County Foster Grandparents virtual in-services, $3,000.
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, Show Love Campaign, $2,000.


  • Floyd County Medical Center, Dietary Services Department – commercial reach-in refrigerator, $3,930.

Historic Preservation

  • Floyd County Historical Society and Museum, roof replacement and chimney removal, $8,500.

Human Service

  • 43 North Iowa, Expanding Services through Technology, $1,845.
  • Comprehensive Systems, aging whirlpool replacement, $5,000.
  • Elderbridge Agency on Aging, client assistance, $5,000.
  • Grow Rockford Together Association, Rockford B/ASKids (Before/After School Kids)/SOAR (School’s Out at Rockford), $4,000.
  • Jordan River, Messiah’s Food Pantry, $10,000.
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa, Families Together in Floyd County, $3,500.
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Floyd County BackPack Program, $5,000.
  • The Learning Center (TLC), The North Grand Action Plan, $10,000.
  • Trinity United Methodist Church, Our Brother’s Keeper, $5,000.

The video highlighting the 2020 grant recipients and their projects can be found at

Decisions on grant awards are determined by a local committee, which consists of volunteers from Floyd County. Committee members are Sue Bortz, Jim Erb, Lisa Garden, Kurt Hoeft, Sheila Koudelka, Jane Larson, Tracy Merfeld, Charlie Newman (chair), Rod Nordeng, Amy Staudt, Teresa Stevens-Marth and Erika Troyna.

Grants are awarded through Floyd County Community Foundation’s competitive grant process to projects in the program areas of art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service.

Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization or government entity serving Floyd County in order to be considered for funding.

The 2021 grant cycle opens Aug. 15 with an application deadline of Sept. 30. The grant guidelines and application can be found at