O'Brien County foundation grants awarded

The Little Sioux Valley Conservation Association received a $10,000 grant from the O’Brien County Community Foundation to go toward a new Experience Trail at the Prairie Heritage Center southeast of Sutherland. The trail will start by the observation platform located on the recreational amenity property.

REGIONAL—The O’Brien County Community Foundation re­­cently distributed 28 grants totaling more than $106,000 to area nonprofit organizations and local government units in support of projects throughout the county.

Due to social distancing restrictions, a 2020 grant presentation was not held this year. Local advisory board members presented grant checks to the individual organizations and government units.

Since the first grants were handed out in 2006, more than $1.3 million in funding has been awarded to O’Brien County organizations and government units.

“These grants help support our emergency services, better our quality of life in O’Brien County and fund many other worthwhile projects and services,” said Charlene Elyea, chair of the community foundation advisory board. “Residents can see the benefits in a wide range of projects.”

The O’Brien County Community Foundation formally was 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 composed 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.

The O’Brien County Community Foundation welcomes gifts of any size to the endowment to help fund projects in the county.


  • Hartley Fire Department, $10,000 for purchasing self-contained breathing apparatuses, which include air packs, bottles and face masks.
  • Little Sioux Valley Conservation Association, $10,000 for purchasing and installing a bridge, nature play components and ice age animal pieces along the new Experience Trail at the Prairie Heritage Center southeast of Sutherland.
  • Wonderland Theater in Paullina, $9,500 for enlarging and remodeling the bathroom at the movie theater to make it handicapped-accessible and replacing a concession countertop and sink.
  • Archer Fire Department, $7,000 for purchasing five sets of bunker gear, boots, hoods, helmets and gloves.
  • Paullina Fire Department, $5,500 for purchasing a fire hose and foam stick nozzle.
  • City of Sheldon Recreation Department, $5,000 for purchasing outdoor batting cages for the Sheldon Joint Community Sports Complex.
  • Kids Express Daycare in Sanborn, $5,000 for purchasing materials for children’s bathroom repairs and concrete work for additional parking and placement of a garbage container.
  • Primghar Volunteer Fire & Rescue, $5,000 for assisting with replacing a 1995 grass/attack truck.
  • Saving Grace Daycare Center in Paullina, $5,000 for purchasing and installing two exterior doors, concrete to finish two sidewalks and ceiling tiles for fire code updates.
  • Sheldon Community Ambulance Team, $5,000 for purchasing and installing upgraded radios for three ambulances.
  • Sutherland Remembers When Society, $4,400 for purchasing and installing light-filtering cellular window shades and ultraviolet protection for the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church, future home of the Pear Tree House museum in Sutherland.
  • Calumet Girls Little League Softball, $3,000 for replacing lights for the ball diamond.
  • Granville Fire and EMS Association, $3,000 for purchasing vehicle stabilization rescue equipment.
  • Sanborn Fire Department, $3,000 for purchasing a self-contained breathing apparatus tank-filling station.
  • Cornerstone Senior Communities of Remsen, $2,500 for purchasing construction materials and installing a patio covering for part of an outdoor seating deck at the Willoway Complex in Sutherland.
  • Grant Township Board of Trustees, $2,500 for preserving and enhancing Covey Church east of Primghar.
  • Hartley Community Daycare, $2,500 for purchasing and having insulation and energy-efficient windows and doors installed in the attic.
  • Sanborn Ambulance, $2,500 for purchasing updated emergency medical services equipment for two ambulances and mobile radio for one ambulance.
  • Primghar Community Building, $2,300 for helping to offset the cost of installing handicapped-accessible buttons to automatically open the front doors.
  • Calumet Fire Department, $2,200 for purchasing gear for one firefighter, including coat, pants, suspenders, a high-temperature hood, a helmet, gloves and rubber boots.
  • Kids Kampus Inc. in Primghar, $2,200 for purchasing flooring and fixtures for remodeling two children’s bathrooms at the day-care center and assisting with construction and plumbing costs.
  • Love In the Name of Christ of Greater O’Brien County, $2,000 for purchasing clothing and school supplies for area students through the Shop with a Cop program.
  • O’Brien County Conservation Board, $1,990 for purchasing and installing water recreation launching systems at Mill Creek Park in Paullina and Dog Creek Park southeast of Sutherland.
  • O’Brien County Cemetery Preservation Association, $1,500 for purchasing and installing road signs and directories for O’Brien County’s pioneer cemeteries.
  • Hartley United Methodist Christian Community Preschool, $1,000 for replenishing the primary preschool classroom by purchasing educational and manipulative toys and games.
  • Senior Companion Program of Greater Siouxland, $1,000 for senior companion volunteer service support in O’Brien County.
  • Primghar Ambulance Team, $990 for purchasing ultraviolet sanitation equipment.
  • Foster Grandparent & Senior Companion Programs of Greater Siouxland, $500 for foster grandparent volunteer service support in O’Brien County.