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Grinnell College hosts first celebration honoring mini-grant recipients

Grinnell, Iowa - Grinnell College’s Community Mini-Grant Program was highlighted at a recent Mini-Grant Celebration hosted by the College at the Drake Community Library.

Grant recipients, along with members of the Grant Committee, gathered to hear updates about the projects funded by the program in 2014. In the past, grant recipients were asked to provide only a written report at the end of the project. Although the reports were beneficial, leaders of the Mini-Grant Program determined there was added value in asking grant recipients to share their project’s progress in this new way.

“We were pleased to host the first-ever Grinnell College Mini-Grant Celebration, said Monica Chavez-Silva, director of community enhancement and engagement for Grinnell College. “It was a great way to honor the 2014 recipients and hear more about the success of their projects. We were also pleased to see the number of connections being made between grant recipients.

“The value of the Mini-Grant Program is about more than just the financial capital that changes hands,” she added. “It's also about building social and human capital — the chance to create valuable connections that will have a lasting impact in the community."

Parks and Recreation Director for the city of Grinnell Kelly Rose praised the Mini-Grant Celebration at the event. “In the past I was not able to connect with other recipients who received the Mini-Grant funding and learn about their projects, she said. The recent Celebration allowed our groups to connect with each other on a more personal level.”

“Some in attendance gave personal testimonials about how these projects had impacted their families directly. We even made a connection between two groups, which was so good to see. I hope that a similar event can take place in the future to continue to connect these important projects with each other, and that members of the selection committee can personally see the impact these Mini-Grants have on our projects.”

Since its inception in 2002, the Community Mini-Grant program has directed more than $282,000 toward 133 community initiatives.

Mini-Grants, which range from $1,000 to $7,500, are intended to support promising initiatives that enhance the social and economic vitality of our community, including cultural, recreational and educational projects, as well as projects addressing human needs and enhancing the safety and beauty of the community.

Applications for 2015 Mini-Grants are due by Jan. 30, 2015. To download an application, visit www.grinnell.edu/sites/default/files/documents/MiniGrantApp2015Final Fillable.pdf. Recipients of the awards will be announced on March 13, 2015.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Leverage additional funds,
  • Demonstrate collaborative partnerships in the community,
  • Stimulate campus/community connections,
  • Are distinct among what already exists in Grinnell,
  • Improve over what has been done in the past and
  • Show promise that the desired result will be achieved.

For more information about the Mini-Grant Program, contact the College’s Community Enhancement and Engagement office at 641-269-3900.

About Grinnell College

Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.

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Kelly Rose, parks and recreation director for the city of Grinnell, speaks at the recent Mini-Grant Celebration.

Kelly Rose speaking to audience (full size)


Pioneer Bookshop aims to raise $2,000 to support Grinnell High School library

Grinnell, Iowa - Shopping at the Pioneer Bookshop throughout December helps support the Grinnell High School library. The bookshop is donating 10 percent of all sales this month to the GHS library.

Cassie Wherry, manager of the College Bookstore and Pioneer Bookshop, said she hopes this year's promotion will generate $2,000 for the GHS library. That's $280 more than the $1,720 the school library received through last year's promotion.

“We, at the Pioneer Bookshop, are delighted to be promoting reading at the high school level by providing funds to help expand the school library's collection through this annual promotion," Wherry added. 

"These funds have a great impact on our library and our students," said GHS librarian Chelsey Kolpin. "With the funds generated this year, I plan to continue to add to series that are popular with students and to expand our e-book and audiobook collections. There has been a significant increase in students' demand for these materials, both for class and for personal use."  

About Pioneer Bookshop

Located in downtown Grinnell at 823 Fourth Ave., the Pioneer Bookshop features current popular books, books with Iowa connections, children’s books and educational toys, Pioneer and Tiger apparel, and more. The Pioneer Bookshop now has extended holiday hours: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. On Christmas Eve, the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.