Kent Claiborne, Chair of the Fremont County Community Foundation, is pleased to announce today that grants totaling $117,594 were awarded to Fremont County nonprofit agencies.
The following nonprofit organizations, which submitted applications to the Fremont County Community Foundation by the Feb. 1 deadline, were awarded grants by the Fremont County Board of Directors:

Organization, project, award
City of Imogene, Street Lighting & Beautification, $4,099.04
City of Randolph, City Park toddler structure, $12,000
City of Riverton, Parks & Recreation improvements, $7,500
Farragut Community Hometown Pride, City Park playground update, $9,000
Farragut Fire & Rescue, SCBA bottles and dump tank, $7,500
Fremont County Board of Supervisors, County Conservation Park project, $8,250
George C. Grape Community Hospital, Technology, $8,250
Hamburg Hometown Pride, Wrought iron fence around Freedom Rock, $5,000
Hamburg Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Equipment, $10,000
Percival Hometown Pride, Percival Park improvement,$10,000
Riverton Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Equipment, $10,000
Sidney Hometown Pride #1, Paint recycle Bin, $1,960
Sidney Hometown Pride #2, Boot Project foundation and sidewalk, $4,500
Sidney Public Library, Equipment for public library, $1,435
Sidney Volunteer Fire Dept, New turnout gear, $5,600
Tabor Hometown Pride, Street lights, $10,000
Thurman Hometown Pride, Main Street banners, $2,500
All grantees met the criteria as Fremont County nonprofit agencies or organizations with charitable missions in the areas of civic, cultural, health, education and social services. Only organizations providing services in Fremont County were eligible.
Fremont County agency representatives received their checks on April 11.  
During brief check distribution activities, Claiborne commended the nonprofit agencies for their individual efforts to provide a better quality of life for the residents of Fremont County.
“Our Advisory Board is pleased to direct $117,594 in grants to these important community efforts in Fremont County,” Claiborne explained.  “The Fremont County Community Foundation is one of nine counties that are collectively known as the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa and meets or exceeds the Standards for Community Foundations as established by the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C.”  
The Fremont County Community Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create permanent funds that address the changing, vital community needs and interests.  Donating to a permanently endowed fund helps your neighbors today AND you help build a stronger community tomorrow.   Not only that, you’ll be eligible to receive a 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit for each donation, in addition to any Federal tax benefits for which you may qualify.
The Fremont County Community Foundation invests and administers these funds and distributes grants to deserving, qualified nonprofit organizations.  “This has grown from an annual event to twice a year, with one grant cycle in the spring and another in the fall,” said Claiborne.  
Board members of the Fremont County Community Foundation are:  Chair, Kent Claiborne of Hamburg; Vice Chair, Steve Lorimor of Farragut; Secretary/Treasurer, Erika Graham of Sidney; Jonna Loewe of Sidney; Lindsey Carter of Randolph; and Kirk Shearer of Farragut.
For information about donating or establishing an individual foundation/fund, please contact any of the Board Members, or call Stacey Goodman, Iowa Foundations Director, at 800-794-3458.