Wayne FFA Chapter Advisor Dan May is pictured above with FFA students Jaide Harvey and Amber Kelly after being presented a grant in the amount of $17,932.38 from Tyler Wilson, member of the Wayne Community Foundation on May 22.

On May 22, members of the Wayne Community Foundation were present to award grants to charitable projects and programs within the county. Meeting in the conference room at the Wayne County Courthouse, a total of $99,373.69 was distributed.

The grants are made possible through the County Endowment Fund (HF2302) legislated by the State of Iowa. This program was created in 2004 being funded by .8 percent of the state’s gaming tax revenue. Each year these funds are distributed to participating community foundations and affiliate community foundations associated with the 84 counties without a state-issued gaming license.

This program is administered by the Iowa Economic Department Authority, which works closely with the Iowa Council of Foundations in coordinating the program and determining the community foundation recipients of the funding.

The County Endowment Fund Program stipulates that the countywide community foundations that participate in the program distribute 75 percent of the annually allocated funds to charitable projects or programs within their counties. The remaining 25 percent is used to build the foundation’s unrestricted endowment fund for the county to provide future grant support.

This year’s allocation to Wayne Community Foundation was divided equally with half granted towards focus grants and the remaining half for basic grants. This year’s focus was Education, Arts and Culture and these awards were larger to make a greater impact. A total of $224,874.73 was requested this year.

Receiving a focus grant was the City of Humeston for the Humeston Golf Course. They received $45,759.62 to construct a new clubhouse at the golf course.

The Wayne Community School along with the FFA Alumni received $17,932.38. This money will go towards construction of a new FFA building.

Receiving a basic grant of $6,800 was the Corydon Volunteer Fire Department to help purchase Wildland fire gear. The Humeston Volunteer Fire Department also received a basic grant of $6,000 to help purchase nozzles, radios and other tools.

The Wayne County Conservation received a $6,948 grant to build an ADA parking area and sidewalk. Receiving $3,621.63 to purchase ceiling fans, tables, chairs and artwork for the Seymour Community Center was the City of Seymour.

The City of Corydon received $3,000 for the purchase of 10 metal picnic frames for Walden Park. The Mormon Trail Community Services Corporation received $3,199.20 for the purchase of 16 pool chairs.

The Wayne County Senior Citizens Center, Incorporated received $2,125 to repair the roof on their meal site. The City of Corydon received $1,591.95 for the LeCompte Memorial Library to purchase computers, monitors and a laptop.

The City of Humeston for the Mormon Trail Chamber received $1,569.90 for a sand volleyball court, two basketball backboards and 10 belt swings. They also received $826 for the purchase of billboard supplies.

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