EHCF grants awarded

WILLIAMS – The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation awarded more than $73,000 in grants at its annual ceremony Tuesday night at the Williams Public Library.

Darcy Swon, Enhance Hamilton County Development Director, announced that the 22 grants awarded this year totaled $73,072.

“This is our favorite night of the year,” Swon told the assembly. “It is like Christmas and we get to play Santa Claus.”

Enhance Hamilton County was first organized in 2005 with the express purpose of improving life in Hamilton County, said Swon.

Over the years, the philanthropic organization has bestowed grants to individuals, families and businesses throughout Hamilton County, she said.

The recipients of the 2014 Enhance Hamilton County Foundation Grants are:

Youth in Philanthropy received two grants. The first grant totaled $500 and was given to the Clear Lake Sailors 4-H Club which will work on improvements at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The second grant totaled $500 and was awarded to All Cultures Equal, Inc. for the development of a

family garden space at The Outdoor Place.

The Randall Community Club received a grant for $5,000 which will be used to build a storage shed for the fire department.

Help Entertain and Restore Organization Inc., (HERO), received a grant of $10,000 which will be used to purchase digital projector equipment for the Webster City movie theatre.

Boy Scout Troop 511 received $140 which will be used to restore and repair tents.

Briggs Woods Golf Course received $7,000 which has been earmarked for phase two of the events expansion project which will transform the facility to a four season – 12 month center.

Hamilton County Conservation was awarded a grant of $8,477 which will be used to improve buildings at the center.

Stratford Elementary School was awarded $3,000 which will be used for Green Space development.

Webster City Community Theatre was given a grant of $3,385 which will be applied to phase three of the theatre’s restoration. Projects include developing a parking lot and installing entrance awnings.

The Stratford Early Learning Center was bestowed $2,720 which will be used purchase a Smart Board for Early Literacy and technology.

The Webster City Free Clinic received $3,000 which will be used for medication and diabetic supplies.

The E.W. Montgomery Trustee – Montgomery Memorial Library in Jewell was awarded $7,500 which will be used for roof replacement.

The Stanhope Development Group, Inc, was awarded $2,500 which will be used for the 2014 Stanhope Project for city improvements.

The Youth and Shelter Family Services Inc, was awarded $4,500 for its crisis counseling program.

Your Own United Resources Inc. – Webster City Head Start received $1,500 which will be used for technology updates.

Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce received $1,000 for its “Putting Hamilton County on the Map” project.

The Blairsburg Opera House Preservation Committee received $1,000 which will be used to purchase a commercial grade chair lift.

The Williams Public Library received $750 for its Early Reader Program and to develop a Maker’s Space for activities.

The City of Williams was awarded $1,500 for its Main Street Beautification project.

The City of Jewell received a grant of $6,000 which will used to purchase and install a public digital information marquee.

All Cultures Equal Inc. received a grant for $1,800 which will be used to develop the Outdoor Place.

The City of Kamrar received a grant for $1,300 which will be used for park improvements which include a sand volleyball court and picnic tables.