OSAGE | The Foundation for the Enhancement of Mitchell County (FEMC) wrapped up their 2017 grant making cycle by awarding $112,277 in grant funds to 22 different non- profit organizations/projects in Mitchell County.

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.

The FEMC offers grants in the following areas: Health & Fitness; Environmental Quality; Community Development; and Life Learning.

Projects funded this year by the FEMC include:


Saints Legacy Fund, $10,000 Virtual Welder; Riceville Public Library, $2,000 Children’s Literacy Initiatives Enhancement; Osage Education Foundation, $5,000, Teacher Grants; Bridges Mentoring Program, $1,000, National Mentoring Month; and Cedar River Complex, $2,129, Aquatics for All.


St. Ansgar Historical School Project, $3,770, South Square Gym Acoustics; Stacyville American Legion, $9,750, Kitchen Remodel; Wee Saints Daycare, $6,800, Daycare Security System; Stacyville Community Nursing Home, $9,500, Windows Phase 3; Riceville Care & Therapy Center, $6,500, End of Life/Hospice Room; Mitchell County Economic Development, $4,500, Growing Mitchell County: Economic Development Website Marketing; American Legion Post #278, $5,828, Remodeling Project; First Freedom, $4,220, Storage Building.


Osage Public Library, $1,800, Teen Seating; Mitchell County Concert Association, $3,200, Lighting Project; Riceville Community Daycare, $7,365, Electrical & Technical Enhancements; Evergreen Independent Living, $5,000, Landscaping Update: South & East Sides; Osage Senior Citizens, $2,563, Our Little Islands.


Riceville First Foundation, $9,250, Gym Divider Curtain; City of Osage Park & Rec, $5,000, Sand Volleyball Courts; Osage Community Daycare, $2,900, Moving To Health.

The total cost of the funded projects is $195,045. The Foundation for the Enhancement of Mitchell County grants will leverage $82,775 in other funds to bring these projects to reality in Mitchell County.

Over the last 11 years, the FEMC Board of Directors has awarded over $1.2 million in grant funding to 332 Mitchell County projects and/or non-profit organizations. The total cost for these funded projects exceeds $6.2 million and leveraged more than $4.5 million in other funding to make these projects happen

The FEMC Board of Directors expects to launch their next grant making cycle in July 2018. Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations and 170(b) units of government organizations.