Applications are now being requested for projects that significantly improve or affect the lives of those living in Story County communities. Community grants of up to $6,000 are awarded on a competitive basis by the Story County Community Foundation.

Grant applications are accepted from nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies. Please see the SCCF website at for the application requirements and guidelines. The application deadline for electronic submission to is 5 p.m. on Sept. 30.

Past grants have funded projects in community betterment, human services, health, education, arts and environment across Story County. Community grants awarded in 2016 included:

· Story City/Lafayette Township Fire Department — Extrication air bags and equipment

· All Aboard for Kids — Summer enrichment program for children with autism spectrum disorder

· Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS) — Grief support for victims of crime

· Boys & Girls Club of Story County — Storage expansion

· Children & Families of Iowa — Emergency care equipment for children

· City of Collins — Main Street amphitheater

· Emergency Residence Project — Emergency rental and utility assistance

· Gilbert-Franklin Township Fire and Rescue Agency — Personal protective equipment

· Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance — Healthy Food Voucher program

· Healthiest Ames — Bicycle helmets for Ames third graders

· Legal Aid Society of Story County — Legal services for mentally ill residents

· Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) — Commercial refrigerator for food pantry

· Raising Readers in Story County — Expanded tutoring for children in Colo-NESCO, Nevada and Ames school districts

· Roland Public Library Foundation — Library expansion

· Slater Public Library — Technology upgrades for children’s services

· The Arc of Story County — Special Olympics T-shirts

· YSS — Technology upgrade for Telehealth psychiatric services

The SCCF allocations committee will consider requests in October and award grants in November.

“Since 2005, the SCCF has awarded grants totaling more than $1 million to Story County charitable organizations,” said Jennifer Garst, executive director.

The grants are made possible by donations to SCCF and an Iowa legislative initiative that allocates a percentage of the state’s gaming revenues to community foundations in counties without state-chartered casinos. Contact the SCCF office at 515-232-9200 with questions or for more information.