The Dyersville Area Community Foundation recently awarded 17 grants to local nonprofits for community development, health and safety and supporting youth and families through education and basic necessities.

Grants are supported by donations to the Community Foundation’s endowment fund, which distributed almost $23,000 during this grant cycle.

In lieu of its annual grant award ceremony, the Foundation’s advisory board requested short videos from grantees describing their projects. The videos will be shared on the Foundation’s Facebook page, facebook.com/DyersvilleAreaCommunityFoundation.

In addition to supporting nonprofits through grantmaking, the Community Foundation also provides funding for the Dyersville Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the work of its coordinator, Jessica Pape, to ensure area students continue to meet important benchmarks in reading.

This year’s grant recipients and their projects are: City of Worthington, $1,500, playground equipment; MercyOne Dubuque Foundation, $1,000, 3D mammography equipment; Rural Community Food Pantry, $2,500, angel tree/Christmas; Dyersville Area Historical Society, $1,500, new copier; St. Francis Xavier School, $500, waffle blocks and river stones; Seton Catholic Schools, $500, LegoLeague Coding; Dyersville Area Chamber, $2,500, Imagine 2030; City of New Vienna, $1,000, picnic table; St. Elizabeth Pastorate, $750, live-stream Masses; Bi-County Ambulance, $2,600, patient transport; Worthington Fire Department, $2,000, six sets of fire bunker gear; Hills & Dales Child Development, $800 AutismHD clinic enhancement; Dyersville Fire Department, $2,000, new turn out gear; Beckman Catholic High School, $2,000, Laptop Computers; Farley Fire Department, $633, fire nozzles; Farley Area Historical Society, $588, printer/copier/scanner; New Vienna Historical Society, $625, St. Boniface School sign.

“We truly appreciate the donations made to the Dyersville Area Community Foundation endowment so we can continue to award grants to these great nonprofits that contribute so much to our neighborhoods,” said Michelle Grover, foundation coordinator. “In light of the pandemic, we focused on relevant needs of the nonprofits to help them survive these volatile times.”

Gifts to the Community Foundation endowment may be eligible for the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit. To make your impact on the Dyersville area, contact Michelle Grover at dacf@dbqfoundation.org or 319-269-6432.