The Montgomery County Community Foundation, working in partnership with the Red Oak Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce that grants totaling $121,110 were awarded to Montgomery County nonprofit organizations and community projects as part of its spring grant cycle.

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

  • City of Stanton – $12,000, Stanton Downtown Façade Program
  • Elliott Community Club – $10,000, Elliott Community Building Update
  • Grant Fire Department – $5,000, New Air-Pack Bottles
  • Montgomery County Family YMCA – $23,000, Aquatic Center Air Quality Project
  • Red Oak Child Development Center – $15,000, Infant and Toddler Room Furnishings
  • Red Oak Grand Theatre, Inc. – $13,860, Theatre Equipment (Popcorn Machine, Drink Cooler, and Digital Projector)
  • Red Oak Public Library – $1,250, Library Concrete Pad
  • Red Oak Rotary Club – $8,000, Electronic Red Oak Community Sign
  • Southwest Valley Early Childhood Education Center – $10,000, West Campus Furnishings and Supplies
  • Stanton Historical Society – $4,000, Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center Repairs
  • Stanton PTSO – $5,000, New Elementary Playground
  • Sunshine ‘N Rainbows Childcare Center – $8,000, Flooring Renovation
  • Villisca Public Library – $6,000, Tuckpointing and Concrete Repair

All grantees met the criteria as Montgomery 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 Montgomery County were eligible to apply.

The Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery County Community Foundation may be eligible to receive a 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit.

Board members of the Montgomery County Community Foundation are Chair, Dennis D. Bloom, Esq. of Red Oak; Vice Chair, Bruce Swanson, Esq. of Red Oak; Secretary/Treasurer, Marty Barnett of Red Oak; Mickey Anderson of Stanton; Christine Johnson of Red Oak; James Norris of Red Oak; Barbara Reisinger of Red Oak; Donna Robinson of Villisca; and John Tischer of Elliott.

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