Grinnell College's Community Mini-Grant Program recently awarded grants totaling more than $18,000 to seven nonprofit community organizations during the second cycle of grant funding for 2017–18.

Grant recipients included:

  • Crisis Intervention Services, a $4,500 grant to conduct a two-day training session for the organization’s leadership about how to promote recovery from traumatic stress. The training is designed to build capacity for successful crisis intervention over the long term.
  • Genesis Development, a $1,202 grant to acquire CPR equipment and training.
  • Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool, a $2,400 grant to provide fitness equipment needed to expand the gymnastics program.
  • Grinnell Children’s Choir, a $5,900 grant to support current and future fundraising efforts for long-term organizational sustainability.  
  • Lynnville Public Library, a $500 grant allowing librarians to select award-winning books, increasing the library’s offerings.  
  • Montezuma Lions Club, a $1,000 grant for outdoor musical instruments to be installed at a playground. This community playground will enhance the recreational activities available to children with and without disabilities throughout Poweshiek County.
  • Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (PALS), a $2,500 grant for facility upgrades and security equipment.

The grants demonstrate the College's long-standing commitment to activism and partnership efforts that help Grinnell become an even better place to live, work, and learn. Since 2002, the Mini-Grant Program has directed more than $400,000 toward 187 community initiatives.

"We are delighted to help support so many wonderful projects that enhance our quality of life in Grinnell,” says Sarah Smith, program manager for Community Enhancement and Engagement at the College.

About the Community Mini-Grant Program

The Mini-Grant Program provides catalyst funding from $1,000 to $7,500 for small-scale to midscale projects that focus on promising initiatives that address issues of importance to the campus community and the community at large, including cultural, recreational, and educational projects; those addressing human needs; and those enhancing the safety and beauty of Grinnell.

For more information:

Email Sarah Smith or call 641-269-3900.

See Community Investments for additional information about the College's community contributions.

Applications for the first cycle of grants for 2018–19 will be due Sept. 28, 2018.

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