The Mills County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that grants totaling $135,350 were awarded to Mills County nonprofit agencies and local municipalities. With these grants, the Mills County Community Foundation has distributed over $4.9 million in grants and scholarships over the last 22 years.

The following organizations were awarded grants by the Mills County Community Foundation Advisory Board at a November 4th check presentation, pictured above:

  • City of Emerson – $2,300, Trash Pump for Water and Sewer
  • Emerson Public Library – $400, Computer Printer
  • Kid’s Place – $2,000, Safety Equipment and Appliances
  • Liberty Memorial Building Board – $29,629, Phase 6 – Liberty Memorial Building Renovation
  • Malvern Volunteer Fire Department – $70,000, Tender Truck
  • Mills County Conservation Board – $7,500, Enclosed Storage Trailer for Canoes and Kayaks
  • Mills County Fair Association – $3,500, Dehumidifier for Lakin Community Building
  • Mills County Historical Museum – $6,507, Lighting for the Future
  • Mills County YMCA – $1,820, Active Older Adults
  • Nishna Productions, Inc. – $1,764, Emergency Preparedness Items
  • Oak Township Fire and Rescue – $5,000, Vehicular Stabilization Equipment
  • Silver City Ambulance – $1,100, Ambient Noise Reduction Stethoscopes
  • Silver City Public Library – $1,200, Tall Storage Cabinet with Drawers
  • Silver City Volunteer Fire Department – $2,000, Ventilation Saw
  • West Central Community Action – $630, Mills County Outreach Storage 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.

These grant funds were made possible by the generosity of donors to the Mills County Community Foundation and the following charitable fund through the community foundation: William L. Costello Endowed Fund.

The Mills County Community Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to create permanent and expendable funds—such as those above—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

Learn more about grant guidelines and how to apply