The Mills County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that grants totaling $152,575 were awarded to Mills County nonprofit organizations and community projects. With these grants, the Mills County Community Foundation has distributed over $5.3 million in grants and scholarships over the last 23 years.

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

  • City of Malvern – $10,000, Boehner Pond Trail Extension
  • Emerson Volunteer Fire/Rescue Association, Inc. – $6,180, Pagers for Dispatch Communication
  • Glenwood Park and Rec – $2,250, Snow Blade for Gator
  • Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department – $3,500, Thermal Imaging Camera
  • Hastings Fire and First Responders – $6,200, Hose Lay Cover and Pagers
  • Malvern Area Betterment Association – $20,000, Phase II City Entrance Beautification
  • Malvern Park Board – $30,500, Boehner Pond Campground Extension
  • Malvern Volunteer Fire Department – $25,335, Upgrade Rescue and Fire Equipment
  • Malvern Volunteer Rescue, Inc. – $11,850, New Pagers
  • Mills County Conservation – $750, Display Case
  • Mills County Fair Association – $23,135, Fairground Fencing
  • Mills County Historical Society – $2,000, Lights and Ceiling Tile Replacement
  • Nishna Productions, Inc. – $800, Community Employment Discovery Materials
  • Oak Township Fire and Rescue – $3,875, Emergency Communications Equipment
  • Silver City Ambulance – $4,200, Automatic Chain Systems
  • Silver City Volunteer Fire Department – $2,000, Fire Engine 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