2021 community impact grants

Community Impact Grants are available to organizations whose innovative and meaningful work align with Pottawattamie County Community Foundation's mission to improve the lives of all county residents. 

American Midwest Ballet
Season 12 Education and Community Engagement | $1,000

American Midwest Ballet received a $1,000 Community Impact Grant from PCCF to support access to the arts for residents of southwest Iowa. Funds provided free admission to public performances for people in need, and offset the cost of producing and presenting student matinees. 

Avoca Main Street
Holidays on Main 2021 - Santa's Ho Ho Hoedown | $1,000

Avoca, Iowa Holidays On Main received a $1,000 Community Impact Grant from Pottawattamie County Community Foundation for their 2021 Holiday Ho Ho Hoedown on Saturday, November 27!

PCCF grant funds were used to help with marketing and advertising needs, such as flyers, postcards, table tents, and newsletters.

Annually, this family-friendly event kicks-off the holiday season and attracts over 500 children and adults from all over southwest Iowa! Between the hours of 3pm to 7pm, everyone of all ages can enjoy the festivities -- crafts, shopping, entertainment and more -- on the 3-block span of Avoca Main Street!

Bethany Lutheran Health Services
Safe, Functional and Ergonomically Correct Furniture for Current and Future Residents | $1,000.00

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
MentorU in Council Bluffs | $1,000.00

Birthright of Council Bluffs
Formula Vouchers | $750

Book Trust
Book Trust in Council Bluffs: Providing Access to Books for Low-Income Students | $500.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Summer Brain Gain for Iowa Youth | $1,500.00

Carson Business Club and City of Carson, Iowa
Carson Community Christmas | $2,500.00

Carter Lake City Hall
Carter Lake Village Winter Festival Lighting Ceremony |  $600.00

PCCF supported Carter Lake City Hall's third annual "Winter Festival" with a $600 Community Impact Grant.

More than 175 children stopped to take photographs with Santa and the Grinch. PCCF funds helped Carter Lake City Hall to provide gifts for children, take home craft kits from the workshop, and hot chocolate.

"On behalf of our Winter Festival Committee, we would like to thank you for your very generous donation to our event. The smiles on the children's faces told it all, and we couldn't have done it all without your support!" - Winter Festival Committee Members, Dianna and Jackie

Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus
Back to School Extravaganza | $1,500

CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs
Basic Health Needs Assistance Program | $1,000

Children's Square U.S.A.
Aftercare Initiative for Young People ages 18-21 Who Have Aged Out of Foster Care | $2,500.00

Entering adulthood is a pivotal point in every young person's life. For children who are aging out of the foster care system, they are one situation away from not having a place to call home. They are at risk for dropping out of school, incarceration, addiction, and mental health issues, and are at significantly higher risk for human trafficking. Programs like Children's Square provide the guidance and support to help them with their education, employment, housing, life skills, and health, and can build lasting-relationships with adults who can be a lifelong support system.

"Children's Square is grateful to PCCF for recognizing these young adults have dreams and aspirations, and need caring connections who believe in them, challenge them to reach their potential, and encourage them to persevere," said Debbie Orduna, Children's Square President and CEO. "The young adults we are working with through Aftercare Services go on to be high school and college graduates, wonderful employees, caring neighbors, and an important part of our community. They know their past doesn't define their future when they build the vision, courage, and will to succeed." 

City of Avoca
Entertainment, Education, and Customer Engagement on Avoca Main Street | $900

City of Minden
Playground/Park Revitalization | $2,500.00

City of Treynor
Keeping Treynor Active | $1,000.00

Family Crisis Centers
Family Crisis Centers' Awareness Project | $1,000.00

First Responders Foundation
First Responders Support Team - Behavioral Health Training and Crisis Support for Pottawattamie County | $2,000

Golden Hills RC&D
8th Annual Southwest Iowa Art Tour | $1,000

Golden Hills RC&D
Promoting Pottawattamie County’s Museums Through Videos | $2,500.00

Habitat for Humanity of Council Bluffs
Homeownership Program Build | $1,000.00

Heartland Family Service
InSHAPE® Program | $1,000.00

Historic General Dodge House
July 4th Community Celebration | $1,000

Inter-Faith Response
Emergency Assistance Fund | $2,000

Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital Foundation
Caring for Our Communities Program| $1,000

Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska DBA Immigrant
Legal Center
Pottawattamie County Immigration Legal Services | $1,000

League of Human Dignity
Medical Equipment Loan and Rental Program | $1,500

Minden Little League
Minden Little League Field Pitching Mound | $3,790

New Visions Homeless Services
MOHMS Place Community Meal Site | $1,000

Omaha/Council Bluffs Bridges Out of Poverty
Southwest Iowa Poverty Alleviation Initiative | $2,000

Omaha Conservatory of Music
Pottawattamie County String Sprouts | $1,000

Omaha Symphony
2021-22 Mission Imagination at Iowa Western | $1,000

Phoenix House Family Services
Completely Kids | $1,000

Pottawattamie Arts Culture & Entertainment (PACE)
PACE Music in the Park | $1,500

Southwest Iowa Fish Team Inc
Fish Habitat Conservation Project | $1,500

Underwood Optimist Club
Underwood Optimist Ballfield Improvements | $2,000

Vision Treynor Group
The Treynor Family Recreation Complex: Phase Two | $4,000

Visiting Nurse Association Pottawattamie County
VNA Bridging Healthcare for the Vulnerable (BHV) Program | $1,000

Vocational Development Center, Inc. (VODEC)
Equipment to Enhance the Health and Safety of Developmentally and Intellectually Disabled Youth and Adults | $1,000

Walnut Community Center Foundation, Inc.
Walnut Community Center - ADA Accessibility | $5,000