The Mills County Community Foundation awarded $163,150 to Mills County nonprofit organizations and community projects during its Fall 2021 Grant Cycle. With these grants, the Mills County Community Foundation has distributed over $5.6 million in grants and scholarships over the last 24 years.

The following organizations are Fall 2021 Grant Recipients:

  • City of Henderson – $7,500, All-Inclusive Playground
  • Friends of the Malvern Public Library – $11,451, Library Renovations
  • Glenwood Baseball Softball Club – $5,000, City Field Renovation
  • Glenwood Volunteer Fire Association – $9,310 , Video Laryngoscopes Updates
  • Hastings Fire and First Responders – $3,065 , Renovation of Fire Station
  • Liberty Memorial Building Board – $9,427, Liberty Memorial Renovation: Phase 7
  • Malvern Volunteer Fire Department – $7,150, Fire Equipment
  • Malvern Volunteer Rescue Inc. – $75,000, Ambulance Replacement
  • Mills County Fair Association – $20,000, Fair Office/Bathrooms Renovation
  • Mills County Love Tree, Inc – $1,000, Laptop Replacement
  • Mineola Community Center and Historical Society – $2,000, Patio Safety Rail
  • Nishna Productions, Inc. – $1,374, Residential Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Oak Township Fire and Rescue – $1,400, Fire-Hose Bed Protective Covering
  • Silver City Ambulance – $5,300 , Patient Care Enhancement Projects
  • Silver City Volunteer Fire Department – $2,500, Fire Apparatus Monitor Base Stand
  • West Central Community Action– $1,673 , Emergency Clothing Room Storage Containers

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.

The Mills County Community Foundation Advisory Board Members are Chair, Chad McCollester of Silver City; Vice Chair, Liz Baldwin of Hastings; Secretary/Treasurer, Kathy Reisner of Glenwood; Jennifer Gee of Imogene; Keith Johnson of Mineola; and Kate McGann of Malvern.

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