2016 Grant Recipients

Koats4Kids – Purchases winter wear for low-income elementary-age students ($2,500).

Northstar – Provides adults with disabilities an opportunity to showcase their talents in a performance of “Pinocchio” at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center ($5,000).

Black Hawk Children’s Theatre – Exposes elementary-age students to live performances by offering daytime performances for $1 per child ($5,000).

Quota International of Waterloo – Promotes literacy through the purchase of books distributed to youth by Waterloo Police officers ($5,000).

Northeast Iowa Food Bank – Allows purchase of food products from local producers for the Cedar Valley Food Pantry ($3,500).

2017 Grant Recipients

Silos and Smokestacks – Promotes value of agri-tourism and its positive impact on the local economy. Promotion efforts will include a kiosk at the Waterloo Regional Airport, 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 program to all middle school students and 10th graders ($5,000).

Waterloo Leisure Services – Enhances Lincoln Park, a highly-used downtown park with lighting, signage, walkway and landscape improvements, in partnership with the R.J. McElroy Trust ($1,000).

Boys and Girls Club – Provides safe spaces for youth to be empowered, achieve more, dream higher, and stay connected. ($1,000).