The Mills County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that grants totaling $121,080 were awarded to Mills County nonprofit organizations and community projects as part of its spring grant cycle.

The following organizations were awarded grants by the Mills County Community Foundation Advisory Board:

  • City of Emerson – $2,451, Lighted Message Center Board
  • City of Glenwood – $11,000, New Picnic Tables for Park
  • Glenwood Public Library Foundation – $4,500, Furniture for Renovated Rooms
  • Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department – $6,000, New Ventilation Fan
  • Hastings Fire and First Responders – $8,000, Truck Hose and Drafting Supplies
  • Indian Creek Museum – $10,000, Indian Creek Blacksmith Building Upgrade
  • Kid’s Place – $3,119, Health and Safety for Education
  • Liberty Memorial Building Board – $6,500, Liberty Memorial Building Stairway Renovation
  • Malvern Volunteer Fire Department – $7,000, Pagers
  • Mills County Fair Association – $15,000, Water Main and Pit Replacement
  • Mills County Trails Board – $14,000, Glenwood Trail and Trailhead
  • NAMI Southwest Iowa – $500, Mills County NAMI Programs
  • Oak Township Fire and Rescue – $6,500, Training and Service Room
  • Silver City Ambulance – $3,000, LifePak Power Adapter
  • Silver City Library – $2,500, Technology Support
  • Silver City Volunteer Fire Department – $6,500, Communications Equipment
  • Wabash Trace Nature Trail – $14,000, Bridge Renovations and Corridor Enhancements
  • West Central Community Action – $510, Mills County Outreach Security Equipment

All grantees met the criteria as Mills County nonprofit agencies or organizations with charitable missions supporting community needs in the areas of civic engagement, culture, health, education, and social services. Only organizations providing services in Mills County were eligible to apply.

The Mills County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Omaha Community Foundation, which meets National Standards for Community Foundations, and is one of nine county members of the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa. It receives funds annually from the State of Iowa County Endowment Fund Program for endowment building and grantmaking throughout the county. Made possible through the County Endowment Fund Program, this cycle of grants was funded by a percentage of the state’s commercial gaming tax revenue, which is distributed annually to participating community foundations associated with counties without a state-issued gaming license.

Beyond the County Endowment Fund Program, the Mills County Community Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to create permanent and expendable funds that address changing, vital community needs and interests. To inquire about donating to the Mills County Community Foundation, please contact the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa staff or any board member listed below. Gifts to permanently endowed funds through the Mills County Community Foundation may be eligible to receive a 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit.

Board members of the Mills County Community Foundation are Chair, Richard Maaske of Malvern; Vice Chair, Chad McCollester of Silver City; Secretary/Treasurer, Liz Baldwin of Hastings; Jennifer Gee of Imogene; Keith Johnson of Mineola; and Kathy Reisner of Glenwood.

For information about donating or establishing an individual foundation/fund, please contact Stacey Goodman, Iowa Foundations Director, at 800-794-3458 or