Area business and organization representatives gathered at the Country Junction Oct. 2 to receive grants from the Dyersville Area Community Foundation.

22 non-profit organizations had applied for these grants with the hope that they would be selected. In total, over $20,000 in grants were awarded.

“There are a lot of good things that come from these community grants,” Lisa Maiers, member of the DACF board of directors, said.

Of the 22 applicants, 10 were chosen to receive grants: Beckman Catholic High School, James Kennedy Public Library, City of Worthington, Dyersville Fire Department, Dyersville Health Foundation, Dyersville Industries, Farley Fire Department, Hills and Dales, Seton Catholic School and St. Francis Xavier School were all beneficiaries of the grants.

The money will be used for various area projects. Beckman will be using the money for new doorways into the competition gymnasium, Worthington will be putting up new restrooms at the city’s baseball diamond. The Farley Fire Department will be replacing the nozzles on their hoses.

“I want to thank the committee,” Adam Kafer, member of the Farley Fire Department said, “because this would not be possible without them.”

The goal of these grants is to help benefit area not-for-profit organizations that could use financial help to make needed projects happen.

“This kind of vision and passion is going to affect so many people,” Karla Thompson, member of the board of directors, said.

The recipients of these grants are eligible for the 25% Endow Iowa tax credit. The finances from these grants come from local donors who want to help with causes that they are close to. The funds range from education to health care to athletics.

The communities that are part of the DACF are eligible to apply are Dyersville, Earlville, Farley, New Vienna, Luxemburg, Worthington and Petersburg. The application process is open during June and July with the winners being announced in September.

For more information about Dyersville Area Community Foundation Grants, email dacf@dbqfoundation.org or call 563-590-9988.