Waterloo – The Waterloo Community Foundation (WCF) is pleased to announce their 2017 grant awards to local non-profits. Each grant will benefit residents in Waterloo during 2018 in one of these areas: health and human services; arts and culture; education or economic development.

Fall 2017 recipients include:

Silos and Smokestacks – promotes the value of agri-tourism and its positive impact on the local economy. Promotion efforts will include a kiosk at the Waterloo Regional Airpot, updates to mobile site and production of short videos that promote local historic sites in Waterloo — $5,000.

Youth Art Team – encourages youth to develop their creative potential, empowering both personal and social change through art. Youth-led art projects result in youth seeing themselves as leaders and agents of change in their community — $5,000.

Eye of the Needle – assists those struggling to meet basic needs such as clothing, transportation and household essentials. Serves and connects economically or mentally challenged, the elderly, families, incarcerated, immigrants or anyone needing access to a community resource through its motto: “Mobility, Mobility, Increases My Abilities” — $5,000.

Together for Youth — prevents teen pregnancies and strengthens young families by partnering with the Waterloo Schools in presenting an evidenced-based sexual health education programming to all middle school students and reaching 10th graders through health educaton classes — $5,000.

Grants Committee Chair Joe Vich stated, “that we were pleased to receive 50 grant applications, that represented a wide depth and breadth of our community. We are overwhelmed by the community need, expressed in each application. It tells us that we have lots of work to do and that we are on the right tract in establishing a foundation that focuses solely on Waterloo and vicinity.”

A formal awards ceremony will be held after the first of the year.