The Cherokee County Legacy Foundation has been notified it will soon be receiving a $131,604 state award to advance community-based philanthropy throughout Cherokee County.
The award comes by way of the County Endowment Fund, which was established by HF 2302 in the 2004 Legislative Session. The purpose of this legislation was to provide financial support to encourage the creation and development of community foundations throughout Iowa.
Under terms of the legislation the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation will direct 75% of the award to foundation grant-making activities and 25% will be placed in the Foundation's permanent endowment. This allocation ratio provides the opportunity to assist local projects immediately as well as help build an endowment for the future of the county.
Since its establishment in 2005. the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation has awarded over $150,000 in grants to several county organizations, charities, and community projects.
Grant applications will be accepted at the ISU Extension Office, Cherokee County in Cherokee from December 1, 2008 to February 1, 2009. Blank applications may also be downloaded from www.cherokeeia.com, www.cherokeecountyiowa.com, and www.cherokeeiowa.net.
For more information, contact any of the CCLF Board members: Vernon Winterhof, Chairman; Tom Bindner, Vice Chair; Kyle Pingrey, Treasurer; Penny Pingrey, Secretary; Karen Bentsen; Alayda Ladenthin; Chuck Clark; Belinda Leavitt; Ann Drefke; or the ISU Extension Office 225-6196.