The Mills County Community Foundation awarded $171,400 to Mills County nonprofit organizations and community projects during its Fall 2022 Grant Cycle. With these grants, the Mills County Community Foundation has distributed more than $6.1 million in grants and scholarships over the last 25 years.

The following organizations are Fall 2022 Grant Recipients:

  • City of Emerson – $8,000, Sidewalk in Evans Park
  • City of Malvern – $50,000, Wolverine Trail-Safe Route to School
  • Friends of the Malvern Public Library – $6,150, Art Restorations
  • Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department – $8,000, Technology Grant
  • Hastings Fire and First Responders – $3,000, Old Fire Station Remodel
  • Malvern Park Board – $10,000, Malvern Swimming Pool Accessibility Improvements
  • Malvern Volunteer Fire Department – $15,000, Heavy Rescue Truck
  • Malvern Volunteer Rescue, Inc. – $40,000, Hydraulic Patient Loading System Acquisition
  • Mills County Conservation – $300, Trail Signage for Parks
  • Mills County Historical Museum – $2,120, Winterizing Building Number Two
  • Mills Masquers Community Theater – $4,700, Heating and Air Conditioning Replacement
  • Nishna Productions, Inc. – $10,456, Residential Shower Replacements
  • Oak Township Fire and Rescue – $4,500, Drainage and Entrance Installation
  • Silver City Ambulance – $3,000, Training Materials and Respirator
  • Silver City Historical Society – 2,120, Renovation of New Museum Buildings
  • Silver City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department – $3,000, Firefighting Hose Nozzles
  • West Central Community Action – $1,054, Updated Food Pantry Freezers

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 advisory 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.

Advisory board members of the Mills County Community Foundation 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