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Community Foundation awards over $50,000 to local organizations and prepares for next grant cycle

The Community Foundation of Dunn County (CFDC) has awarded grants totaling more than $50,000 to local organizations.  Each year CFDC awards tens of thousands of dollars to non-profit organizations and community groups through a competitive application and review process. Organizations and community groups that provide a charitable service in the areas of education, health, recreation, the environment, arts and culture, preserving our heritage, and basic needs are eligible.

These grants are provided by two CFDC funds created by local families, philanthropist, corporations and private foundations for the charitable investment in our community: The Healthy Futures Fund and the Common Good Fund. These funds were created to meet the most pressing needs in our community. These grants  provide the essential assistance to many local nonprofits.

The nonprofit organizations who received funds are:

• Arbor Place, Inc.: Community Room Furnishings and Equipment, $7,000.00

• Boyceville Community Ambulance District: Purchase of an Ambulance Cot, $12,500.00

• Boyceville Community School District: Science Technology Equipment Grant, $4,000.00

• Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley: Boys and Girls Club Membership Equipment, $1,965.00

• The Bridge To Hope: Replacement of furnace and front storm door, $4,072.00

• Dunn County Historical Society: Museum Computer Upgrades, $900.00

• Dunn County Sheriff’s Department: Diabetic Kits for Dunn County EMS Responders, $1,113.00

• Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts: To support a school performance of Continental Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker on Dec. 18, 2014: $2,500.00

• Menomonie Area Mountain Bike Association: MAMBA Menomin Park Trail Mower, $2,500.00

• Menomonie Police Department: Police Explorer Program, $1,000.00

• Oaklawn Harmony Center: LED Lights in Parking Lot, $7,500.00

• University of Wisconsin – Stout: Funding for STEPS for Girls Summer Camp in 2015, $5,000.00

• Fierce Freedom: Educating students of Human Trafficking, $600.00

• Stepping Stones of Dunn County: Share a Meal -a weekend kids meal backpack program, $1,800.00

• Arbor Place, Inc.: Children’s Lobby Furniture, $529.94

Three projects that stood out this year are the Fierce Freedom, the Mabel Tainter, and Stepping Stones’ Project Share a Meal’s requests. Fierce Freedom is able to use their funds to educate students on the reality of human trafficking in our county. “According to the U.S. Department of State human trafficking is the fastest growing crime on the planet. Our goal is to educate staff and students about the realities of human sex trafficking in Dunn County,” stated Fierce Freedom Executive Director Jenny Almquist.  Dunn County’s close proximity to the Twin Cities and Interstate 90 has brought human trafficking to our home towns. Fierce Freedom aims to educate youth of the dangers, as well as the warning signs of human trafficking.

CFDC also supported the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts to fund a performance of Continental Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker for local elementary school children. According to Amy Reise, “Some area schools have recently faced budget cuts to arts education. Tight budget restrictions have also made field trips difficult for some area school.” This performance will provide a chance for approximately 250 local school children, who otherwise would not have access to the arts, the experience seeing a live ballet performance.

This year CFDC was also able to assist Stepping Stones’ Share a Meal program. The Share a Meal (SAM) program provides weekend meals in backpacks to children at risk of hunger when school meals are not available.  Nationally 1 in 5 children are at risk for hunger. Stepping Stones’ Project SAM is working to alleviate child hunger. Every Friday afternoon students who sign up for the program receive a bag at school full of enough food for two breakfasts and two lunches. Through this program children are getting the nutrition they need to maintain healthy lives and perform better in school.

“It’s wonderful that the Community Foundation is able to fund such a broad spectrum, from basic needs, to art, to innovative pilot programs” says Georgina Tegart, Executive Director of CFDC. Any nonprofits interested in applying for the next grant cycle can do so before the next deadline of February 1st, 2015.

For more information or to learn how you can get involved visit their website at www.cfdunncounty.org