The Shelby County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that grants totaling $35,825 were awarded to Shelby County nonprofit agencies. With these grants, the Shelby County Community Foundation has distributed over $3 million in grants and scholarships over the last 22 years.

The following organizations were awarded grants by the Shelby County Community Foundation Advisory Board at a November 19th check presentation, pictured above:

  • Concerned, Inc. – $250, Circles and Life Horizons Program
  • Country Care Center Corporation – $500, Water Heating Equipment
  • Earling Fire and Rescue Department – $10,000, Battery Operated Jaws of Life
  • Elk Horn Fire Department – $4,800, SCBA Bottle Replacement
  • Elk Horn Public Library – $1,500, Landscaping on West Side of Library
  • Harlan Community Library – $2,000, Atrium Lighting
  • Irwin Fire and Rescue Association – $8,404, Low Pressure Fire Hose
  • Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom – $500, Agriculture to Connect Core Learning for Students
  • Shelby Fire and Rescue – $7,356, Rapid Rescue Extrication
  • West Central Community Action – $515, Shelby County Outreach Clothing Room Racks

All grantees met the criteria as Shelby 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 Shelby County were eligible to apply.

These grant funds were made possible by the generosity of donors to the Shelby County Community Foundation and the following charitable funds through the community foundation: Endow Harlan Fund; Grandparents Gifts Foundation for Shelby Endowed Fund; and Thelma Petersen Endowed Fund.

The Shelby 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 Shelby 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 Shelby County Community Foundation may be eligible to receive a 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit.

Board members of the Shelby County Community Foundation are Chair, Jim Zimmerman of Harlan; Vice Chair, Kathi Kilworth of Elk Horn; Secretary/Treasurer, Rhonda Powers of Defiance; Brock Darling of Irwin; Kristy Hansen of Harlan; and Michael Riley of Harlan.

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