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OSAGE | On Thursday, Nov. 1, the Foundation for the Enhancement of Mitchell County (FEMC) awarded $126,924 in grant funds to 26 different non-profit organizations/projects in Mitchell County.

Funded this year by the FEMC including organization, amount and project were as follows:

Life Learning

Nissen Public Library, $660.76, STEM Learning, Osage Public Library, $1,000 Technology Purchase, Bridges Mentoring Program, $1,000 Bridges & Cedar Summer Stock Theatre, Foster Grandparent Program, $100, Uniforms for Foster Grandparents, Saints Legacy Fund, $10,000, St. Ansgar Schools Greenhouse.

Community Development

First Freedom, Inc., $3,094, Circulation Desk Workstation, Mitchell County EDC, $2,400, Come Join Us Digital/Video Marketing Package, St. Ansgar Historic School Project, $4,340, South Square Heating Efficiency Project Phase 1, St. Ansgar Parks, Beautification & Rec, $9,000, Restrooms/Concessions – Walking Trail & Sports Complex, Stacyville Fire Department, $6,000, Personal Protective Gear, Osage Community Daycare, $10,000, Furnishing the Future, Osage Education Foundation, $10,000, Lincoln Elementary Preschool Playground, St. Ansgar Police Department, $4,124.25, Solar-Mobile Radar Speed Signs, Stacyville Community Club, $9,000, Stacyville Community Center Restrooms

Environmental Quality

Riceville First Foundation, $5,000, Outside Digital Sign, Mitchell County Conservation Board, $9,000, Nikolas Family Wildlife Area Acquisition, Osage Conservation Club, $2,407, Protect Our Youth, Stacyville Public Library, $1,984, Light Up The Library – LED Conversion, Stacyville Kids Care, $7,712.50, Ground Level Entrance & Energy Efficient Lighting, Riceville Community Daycare, $3,865.62, Infant/Toddler Transition Room Project.

Health and Fitness

Stacyville Community Nursing Home, $9,000, Walk-In Cooler/Freezer, Elderbridge Agency on Aging, $3,000, North Iowa Vehicle Project, Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail Association, $1,574, Finishing Bailey Station Project, Riceville Family Care & Therapy Center, $4,113, Stay Fit – NuStep, Wee Saints Daycare, $6,100, Playground Improvements & Classroom Supplied/Equipment, Cedar River Complex, $2,000, CRC Swim Team.

The total cost of the above funded projects is $762,533. The FEMC grants will leverage $635,609 in other funds to bring these projects to reality in Mitchell County.

Over the last 13 years the FEMC Board of Directors has awarded over $1.36 million in grant funding to 358 Mitchell County projects and/or non-profit organizations. The total cost for these funded projects exceeds $7 million and leveraged more than $5.64 million in other funding to make these projects happen.

The FEMC Board of Directors expects to launch their next grant making cycle in July 2019. Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations and 170(b) units of government organizations.

The FEMC looks to fund projects that address significant community issues; present innovative, creative, and practical proposals which build on community strengths; develop the leadership potential of the community; involve the people served in the planning and implementation of the program, provide a plan for sustainability beyond the funding period, capital projects that impact a significant number of Mitchell county residents.

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