O'Brien County foundation hands out grants

The Primghar Community Building received $10,000 from the O’Brien County Community Foundation for lighting and bathroom upgrades. More than $103,000 was distributed by the foundation.

PRIMGHAR—The O’Brien County Community Foundation recently distributed 23 grants totaling more than $103,000 to area nonprofit organizations and local government units in support of projects that benefit the county.

The 2019 funding was presented on Tuesday, June 11, during an awards ceremony at the Primghar Community Building. Since the first grants were distributed in 2006, 343 grants totaling more than $1.2 million have been awarded to O’Brien County organizations.

“Every year, the community foundation is excited to award grants that will impact O’Brien County,” said Charlene Elyea, chair of the community foundation advisory board.

“These grants help support our emergency services, better our quality of life in O’Brien County and fund many other worthwhile projects and services,” she said.

The O’Brien County Community Foundation was formally established in 2005 through affiliation with the Siouxland Community Foundation, which is based in Sioux City.

The local community foundation is governed by an advisory board made up of representatives from each of the incorporated communities in O’Brien County — Archer, Calumet, Hartley, Paullina, Primghar, Sanborn, Sheldon and Sutherland — as well as one county-at-large member.

The advisory board determines the O’Brien County Community Foundation’s grant recipients each year.

The mission of the community foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the communities served by encouraging permanent charitable giving to meet the needs of present and future generations.


  • Paullina Fire Department, $10,000 to help purchase new self-contained breathing apparatuses.
  • Primghar Community Building, $10,000 for lighting and bathroom upgrades.
  • Sutherland Fire & Ambulance Department, $8,770 to help purchase new air tanks.
  • City of Calumet, $8,000 to help purchase and install commercial-grade rubber tile inside Calumet Community Building.
  • Cornerstone Senior Communities of Remsen, $7,815 for swimming pool area renovations and updates at Willoway Complex in Sutherland.
  • O’Brien County Conservation Board, $7,500 to help purchase and install two new pieces of inclusive playground equipment at Mill Creek Park in Paullina.
  • Granville Ambulance, $5,000 to help fund and purchase new power cot and loading system.
  • Hartley Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000 to help purchase and install UniMac washing machine for cleaning protective bunker gear.
  • Kids Express Daycare of Sanborn, $5,000 to help purchase and install fire suppression range hood about facility’s stove.
  • Prairie Arts Council of Sheldon, $5,000 for purchase of items toward kitchen project inside historical Sears, Roebuck and Co. mail-order catalog house that is home to Wansink Gallery.
  • O’Brien County Livestock Show & Ag Association/O’Brien County Fair, $4,300 for wiring and lighting of new covered stage area and horse arena area at fairgrounds in Primghar.
  • Sanborn Fire & Rescue Department, $4,091.44 for purchase of new firefighter helmets.
  • Little Sioux Valley Conservation Association, $4,000 to help construct new observation tower at Prairie Heritage Center near Sutherland.
  • City of Primghar, $3,000 to help offset cost of installation of automatic handicapped-accessible openers for Primghar City Hall’s front doors.
  • Primghar Public Library, $3,000 to help purchase new shelves.
  • Sanborn Emergency Medical Services, $3,000 for purchase of training equipment and supplies.
  • Hartley Emergency Ambulance Rescue Team, $2,000 for MG70 multi-network Wi-Fi router to transmit information faster to cardiologists in Sioux City or Sioux Falls, SD, while taking care of cardiac patients en route to hospitals.
  • Primghar Ambulance Team, $1,937.85 to help purchase replacement batteries for equipment frequently used on ambulance calls.
  • Sheldon Fire Co., $1,918.80 for purchase of training smoke machine, along with wireless remote and smoke fluid.
  • Gen. N.B. Baker Library, $1,600 for computer technology upgrades and access at Sutherland’s public library.
  • Sutherland-based O’Brien County Cemetery Preservation Association, $1,246 to help offset costs of members attending educational hands-on seminar.
  • Camp High Hopes of Sioux City, $500 to help offset costs for three O’Brien County campers and their families who have signed up to attend 2019 Summer Sleep Away Camp.
  • Foster Grandparent & Senior Companion Programs of Greater Siouxland, $500 to help reimburse the program.