The Montgomery County Community Foundation, working in partnership with the Red Oak Heritage Foundation, awarded $34,200 to Montgomery County nonprofit organizations and community projects during its Fall 2022 Grant Cycle. Including these most recent grants, the Montgomery County Community Foundation has distributed more than $2.4 million in grants and scholarships over the last 24 years.

The following organizations are Fall 2022 Grant Recipients:

  • Animal Alliance Rescue – $2,000, Animal Alliance Rescue Critical Care
  • City of Villisca – $1,200, Tables – Villisca Community Building
  • Friends of Viking Lake State Park Inc. – $375, Outdoor Movie Entertainment Equipment
  • Montgomery County Child Development Association – $2,500, Educational Materials
  • Montgomery County Conservation Foundation – $1,000, Interpretive Signage Updates
  • Montgomery County Family YMCA – $5,225, Commercial Water Softener
  • Nishna Productions, Inc. – $2,000, Raizer LiftUp Chair
  • Optimist Club of Red Oak – $2,000, Red Oak Optimist Sign Project
  • Red Oak Grand Theatre, Inc. – $3,800, Commercial Sump Pump Backup & Ice Machine
  • Red Oak Soccer Inc. – $3,375, Red Oak Soccer Inc. Equipment
  • Restored Burlington Northern Depot & World War II Museum – $2,000, Attic Insulation and Bat Abatement
  • Southwest Valley Early Childhood Education Center – $2,500, Tables, Supplies and Learning Tools
  • Southwest Valley Middle School – $1,650, Sound Equipment for Sports Facilities
  • Stanton Public Library – $1,150, New Children’s Computer
  • Wellmark Healthy Hometown – Stanton – 1,000, Outdoor Physical Activity/Recreation Equipment
  • Wilson Performing Arts Center – $2,425, LED Lighting Upgrade to Facility

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