Thursday, Mar. 4, 2010 12:30 pm

GRINNELL, IA— Nine Grinnell area organizations will benefit from $25,000 in grant support from the Grinnell College Mini-Grant Program for community, educational, and arts initiatives.

Monica Chavez-Silva, director of community enhancement and engagement at the college, said that the program received 20 grant requests totaling more than $73,000. Nine projects were selected to receive full or partial funding for small-to-mid-scale projects intended to enhance quality of life in and around Grinnell. Applications were reviewed by a volunteer committee of Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students, including Karen Edwards, Christopher Hunter, Cecilia Knight, Emma O’Polka, Alexandra Peitz, Vicki Wade, and Chavez-Silva.

The following projects will receive mini-grants this spring: Galaxy, Inc., for KidTRAX security software; Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation for website redesign to better serve affiliate organizations; Grinnell Area Arts Council to help establish the Arts Academy Afterschool Program; Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce to purchase materials for the Main Street retail façade makeover pilot program; Grinnell Community Day Care and Preschool for field trips; Grinnell Police Department for reserve officer body armor; Grinnell Fire Department for equipment to outfit a new grass fire truck; PALS animal shelter for cat housing; and Poweshiek County Barn Quilt Committee for a barn quilt calendar fundraiser.

For more information about the program, contact Community Enhancement and Engagement.

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