The county Endowment Fund program began in 2005 through a percentage of the commercial gaming tax revenues given to the counties that do not have gaming revenues. Since 2005, the CCLF has given out almost $500,000 to over 100 organizations throughout Cherokee county.
This year, the foundation received 41 applications, topping the previous high by almost 50%. The amount available to distribute was $88,500, down from $95,000 last year.
The CCLF Board was pleased with the worthwhile projects submitted and disappointed that more grants could not be awarded. Organizations which were not granted funds this year are encouraged to reapply next year.
This year, all county fire departments submitted and received grants. It has been a consistent privilege of the foundation to support and assist these men and women with equipment, facility improvement, and training.
The CCLF Board also acknowledged the service of two departing board member, Tom Bindner and Chuck Clark, who have both served on the Board since its inception. They have been significant contributors to the success of the foundation, and will be missed.
The Board was pleased to announce the addition of two new members, Tammy Johnson and Bruce Jones. Tammy is the manager of First Co-op Elevator and is also on the Farm Service Agency board, and Bruce has been with Farm Bureau for over 20 years and is active with 4-H and the Iowa State Fair beef show. Both of these new members bring knowledge and committed interest in the betterment of our county.
A brief overview of the distribution of the funds by location is as follows:
*The city of Cherokee had 18 applications, with 12 grants approved, for a total of almost $32,000.
*The city of Marcus had seven applications, with four grants approved ,for almost $15,000.
*The city of Aurelia had four applications, which were all approved, for over $13,000.
*The city of Quimby had three applications, with two grants approved for $9,000.
*The ciy of Larrabee had two applications with one grant approved for $8,000.
Meriden and Cleghorn had four applications, with three grants approved, for over $7,000.
*The city of Washta had one application, and it was approved for a grant of $4,000.
The CCLF Board wishes to thank each organization that submitted applications, and felt that all projects were worthwhile and professionally presented. Applications for next year's granting cycle will be available on December 1, 2012 at the Iowa State Extension office.