The Cherokee County Legacy Foundation would like all non-profit organizations in Cherokee County to know that they will be awarding just over $91,000 in grants in 2010.
Applications are available at the Cherokee County Extension Office in Cherokee and on-line at www.cherokeeia.com.
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 total 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 and endowment for the future of the county.
Since its establishment in 2004, the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation has awarded over $200,000 in grants to Cherokee County organizations and charities. The CCLF has also partnered with local businesses to bring on-going projects to the area, such as the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
"We have the best job in Cherokee County," said Vernon Winterhof, Cherokee County Legacy Foundation Chairman. "These funds do a lot of good for a lot of people here in our home communities."
Applications will be due in to the Cherokee County ISU extension by February 1, 2010.
Questions related to contributions, gifts and grant-making can be directed to the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation, in care of ISU Extension, Cherokee County office, 712-225-6196 or by contacting any of the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation board members: Vernon Winterhof, Tom Bindner, Kyle Pingrey, Penny Pingrey, Karen Bentsen, Chuck Clark, Belinda Leavitt, Ann Drefke, and Alayda Ladenthin.