At its second annual grant celebration event, the Harrison County Community Foundation honored 29 nonprofit organizations and community projects that received grants throughout the past year. These honorees included grant recipients from both Spring and Fall 2022 grant cycles who were awarded a collective sum of $226,020.

Throughout 2022, the Foundation received a total of 47 grant applications from community organizations, with more than $480,000 requested.

“I would like to thank the Harrison County Community Foundation Advisory Board members that take this responsibility very seriously to invest grant dollars into our county’s nonprofit organizations’ visions and missions,” said Board Chair Jay Smith. “It’s common to have applicants requesting twice the amount of available funds for each grant cycle, and the Board members weigh many criteria from applications when making decisions.”

As a part of its two grant cycles, the Harrison County Community Foundation awarded $226,020 to 32 of the 47 applications.

“In 2022, we’ve been able to fund a wide array of projects and programs,” said Smith. “Grants were awarded to support construction and renovation, recreational opportunities, and many more projects that will have a positive effect on all of our community members. It has been a privilege to see the positive impact these grant dollars have made, and we’re glad to have this opportunity to celebrate the important work of these organizations throughout Harrison County.”

Each year, the Harrison County Community Foundation holds two grant cycles with the objective of funding projects that will have a lasting impact in the county.

“Since the Foundation was established in 1997, it has infused more than $3.9 million in grants and scholarships to support organizations and individuals across the county,” said Iowa Foundations Director Sunni Kamp. “This speaks to the generous, philanthropic spirit of our communities. With the support of our donors, charitable funds allocated through the community foundation, and our participation in the County Endowment Fund Program, we can continue to invest valuable resources back into projects and initiatives throughout Harrison County.”

The Harrison County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Omaha Community Foundation, which meets National Standards for Community Foundations, and is one of nine county members of the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa. Each year it receives funds from the State of Iowa County Endowment Fund Program for endowment building and grantmaking throughout the county. The spring cycle of grants is made possible through the County Endowment Fund Program and is funded by a percentage of the state’s commercial gaming tax revenue, which is distributed annually to participating community foundations associated with counties without a state-issued gaming license.

The Foundation’s fall grant cycle is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Harrison County Community Foundation. The Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to create permanent and expendable funds that address changing, vital community needs and interests. Gifts to permanently endowed funds through the Harrison County Community Foundation may be eligible to receive a 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit.

Board members of the Harrison County Community Foundation are Chair, Jay Smith of Missouri Valley; Vice Chair, Barbara Oliver of Logan; Secretary/Treasurer, Kerry Stueve of Missouri Valley; Gordon Fliehe of Logan; Todd Noah of Moorhead; Noel Sherer of Woodbine; and Lori Thomsen of Dunlap.


Spring 2022 Grant Recipients:

  • City of Persia – $6,200, Speed Radar Signs
  • City of Pisgah – $12,885, Clark Park Accessible Walking-Path
  • Dunlap Park Board – $22,464, Dunlap Community Pool Improvements
  • Dunlap Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department – $12,958, Fire Fighting Gear
  • Logan Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (LVFRA) – $24,019, Structural Firefighting Gear Replacement
  • Missouri Valley Chamber of Commerce – $2,280, Erie Street Concrete Planters
  • Missouri Valley Park Board – $12,500, Playground Rubber Mulch
  • Missouri Valley Youth Softball Association – $21,065, Softball Infield Improvements
  • Share My Smile – $3,000, Project Growth and Development
  • The Crew Center – $5,000, Crew Center Program Growth
  • West Central Community Action – $1,049, Food Pantry Freezer
  • Woodbine Main Street – $6,500, Amphitheater Sidewalk Connections
  • Woodbine Police Department – $3,600,  Officer Body-Worn Camera Upgrade

Fall 2022 Grant Recipients:

  • City of Logan – $10,000, Logan Milliman Park Improvements
  • City of Pisgah – $4,900, Litter Cleanup and Control
  • Dunlap Volunteer Fire and Rescue – $1,200, Vacuum Matts
  • Dunlap Wellness Center – $ 5,000, Dunlap Wellness Center Equipment Upgrade
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa – $1,000, Girl Scout Tree Promise – Harrison County
  • Harrison County Genealogical Society – $3,000, Merry Brook Entry Floor Rebuild
  • Harrison County Humane Society – $500, Security for New Building
  • Harrison County Landfill Commission – $7,900, Recycling Container Restoration
  • Harrison County Sheriff’s Department – $16,390, Body/Car Camera Server
  • IGNITE Pathways – $5,200, IP Early Childhood STEM Lab
  • Logan Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association – $2,600, Victim Rescue Safety
  • Missouri Valley Housing Corporation – $525, New Light-Weight Tables
  • Modale Public Library – $2,000, Technology Upgrade through Tablets
  • Persia Ball Association – $6,575, Persia Ballpark Grandstand Renovation Project
  • Rand Community Center – 5,825, Ice Machine
  • Trivium Life Services – $2,500, Fresh Start Fund
  • Woodbine Carnegie Public Library – $885, End Cap Book Displays and Signage
  • Woodbine Fire and Rescue Association – $15,000, Transport with Safety
  • Woodbine Saddle Club, Inc. – $1,500, Updating of Restrooms