The Cherokee County Legacy Foundation has received a $63,600 state award for countywide grant making and endowment building.
Of this amount, 75 percent will be available for granting to qualified organizations in Cherokee County. The payment is a result of legislation (House File 2302) passed in 2004 by the Iowa General Assembly.
The legislation which was part of several incentives to promote the formation and development of county foundations in Iowa, provided that one half of one percent of the gross receipts of gambling be targeted to non-gambling counties in Iowa that will be splitting over $5.4 million to jump start local philanthropic activities in their county.
The Cherokee County Legacy Foundation has been working diligently to organize and prepare for the state funds and for other local gifts that will help advance charitable and philanthropic activity in the county. The foundation hopes to announce its grant making procedures and timetable by April 1.
Individuals and nonprofit charitable organizations interested in making gifts to and receiving grants from the foundation should contact: Don Avis, ISU Extension Cherokee County at 225-6196 or any of the following CCLF Board members: Vernon Winterhof; Karen Bentsen; Chuck Clark; Penny Pingrey; Belinda Leavitt; Ann Drefke; Lee Foresman; Tom Bindner; or Kyle Pingrey.