Twenty-two grants totaling more than $93,000 were awarded to Lucas County non-profits by the South Central Iowa Community Foundation during a brief program late Monday at Pin Oak Lodge.
The Lucas County Historical Society was the grateful recipient of a $5,000 grant that will be matched by other funds and used to repair and reclad the north wall of the John L. Lewis Building, built in three phases beginning in 1976. Age and the wall's northern exposure have caused the siding there to deteriorate and contributed to damage from insects and other critters.
That's LCHS Board member Kylie Dittmer, above, accepting the check from Foundation board member Jim Wright. Kylie chairs the society's Grants Subcommittee, so is responsible for writing and administering grants that we receive to further the work of the society.
Last year, South Central Iowa Community Foundation grants helped us replace the air conditioning condensers that serve the Lewis Building and undertake repairs to and repainting of wooden trim on the masonry A.J. Stephens House.
Coincidentally, workers from Bingham Construction arrived at the museum on Monday to begin work on the Lewis Building repair project.
Here's a list of the grants and approximate amounts awarded Monday afternoon, in the order they were presented. As a rule, these grants will be matched by funding from other sources in order to complete the designated projects.
Van Allen School, $3,500 for kitchen equipment; Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street, $306 for Dazzlefest costumes; Chariton Volunteer Fire Department, $10,000 for air packs; Lucas County Health Center Volunteer Services, $1,200 for two specialty wheelchairs; Lucas County Preservation Alliance, $10,000 for finishing work on the lower level of the Hotel Charitone.
South Central Iowa Community Action Program, $1,270 for parent education programs; Russell Volunteer Fire Department, $2,800 for equipment; Lucas County Fair Association, $3,268 for a new food stand cooler; Lucas County Humane Society, $2,300 to replace hollow-core doors with steel at the shelter; and Lucas County Emergency Medical Services, $2,500 for CPR training mannequins.
Kids Life Discovery Center, $905 for floor mats; Lucas County Interchurch Council, $3,600 for automatic doors at Ministry Center/Food Pantry; Friends of the Chariton Airport, $4,000 for work on terminal building; Chariton 4th of July Committee, $1,423 to upgrade sound system; and Lucas County Genealogical Society, $3,400 to purchase new microfilm reader/printer.
Chariton Community High School, $7,000 for track meet timing system; Lucas County Historical Society, $5,000 for Lewis Building repairs; City of Chariton, $10,000 for new Community Center gymnasium floor; City of Russell, $4,805 for new Community Center roof; Lucas County Health Center, $1,840 for conference room technology; Chariton Community High School, $8,170 for shop class equipment; and Chariton Community High School, $5,000 for new gymnasium sound system.
And here's a photo of representatives of all the organizations awarded funds on Monday: