Sioux County foundation gives out grants

Three-year-olds Kambrie Schelling and Makenzie Graves of Hawarden play at Hawarden City Park. The city of Hawarden received a $10,000 Sioux County Community Foundation grant to update park and playground equipment throughout the community.

ORANGE CITY—The Sioux County Community Foundation presented 15 grants on May 13 totaling $108,900 to area nonprofit organizations and local government units in support of projects throughout the county.

The 2019 funding was presented during an awards ceremony at the Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City. This brings the total grants awarded to more than $1.2 million since the first ones were distributed in 2006.

The Sioux County Community Foundation was formally established in 2005 through affiliation with the Siouxland Community Foundation based in Sioux City.

A 12-person advisory board governs the Sioux County Community Foundation.

Board members represent each incorporated community in the county: Alton, Boyden, Granville, Hawarden, Hospers, Hull, Ireton, Matlock, Maurice, Orange City, Rock Valley and Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Community Foundation’s mission is to encourage and provide opportunities for charitable giving, to manage and distribute funds in a responsible manner and to enhance the quality of life for the people who call the county home.


The following projects were funded by the Sioux County Community Foundation for 2019:

  • City of Hawarden, $10,000 for upgrading park and playground equipment in the city.
  • City of Hull, $10,000 to raze old restroom facilities at Hubbling Park and construct new modern bathroom building.
  • Hunger Free Kids of Sioux County, $10,000 to provide funding for supplies to Sack Pack programs.
  • Rock Valley Recreation, $10,000 for new awnings at city’s baseball and softball diamonds that will provide spectators shade and protection from foul balls at Rock Valley Sports Complex.
  • Alton Fire & Ambulance Department, $7,500 to replace more than 15-year-old automated external defibrillator with new AED capable of transmitting data directly to hospitals.
  • Granville Ambulance, $7,500 to help fund and purchase new power cot and loading system.
  • Granville Fire and Emergency Medical Services Association, $7,500 to help fund purchase of used brush truck.
  • Hull Fire Department, $7,500 to help purchase three pieces of battery-powered extrication equipment — hydraulic spreader, hydraulic cutter and hydraulic ram.
  • Ireton Area Historical Society, $7,400 for materials and labor to put new shingles on roof of Ireton Historical House.
  • Family Crisis Centers of Sioux Center, $6,500 to help support addition of advanced security system at its new facility and development of its children’s center.
  • Siouxland Adaptive Sports of Sioux Center, $6,500 to help purchase variety of adaptive sports equipment.
  • City of Hospers, $6,000 to help purchase new aluminum picnic tables for inside of community’s new South Side Park shelter house.
  • Seasons Center for Behavioral Health of Spencer, $5,000 to help purchase used minivan for nonprofit organization’s office location in Sioux Center.
  • Sioux County Conservation Foundation, $5,000 for exhibits at new nature center being built at Oak Grove Park near Hawarden.
  • City of Orange City, $2,500 to help purchase three AEDs for its recreation department.