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Representatives from the thirty-nine organizations who received grants at the Community Foundation Granting Ceremony held at the Kent Corporation headquarters.

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine awarded more than $200,000 in grants to thirty-nine different nonprofit organizations throughout Muscatine and Louisa County during their 2018 Fall Grant Awards Ceremony.
The Kent Nutrition Group hosted the event at the new Kent Corporation Headquarters with over eighty community members in attendance.
“The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine has really picked up momentum with several of the initiatives we provide services for over the last twenty years.” Kelly Rushford, Manager of Programs and Services for the Community Foundation says. “We are excited to be able to present this amount of granting to our community and look forward to the growth of impact giving for Muscatine and Louisa Counties for many years to come.”
Six identified areas received focused grants:
KNG Gives Granting Fund – Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) gave grants through the KNG Gives initiative directed at area youth nutrition initiatives.  According to the Iowa State Extension and Outreach Office, in 2016 sixteen percent of Muscatine County residents faced food insecurity, and stretched budgets often lead to nutrition voids. The KNG Gives grants benefiting groups in both Muscatine and Louisa counties who address these nutrition issues in our communities.
Muscatine Health Support Granting Fund -The Muscatine Health Support Granting Fund gave grants in efforts to support Muscatine and its surrounding area’s healthcare systems.  After thirty-three years and $5,000,000 in grants, the Muscatine Health Support Foundation chose to partner with the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine in 2018 to continue with its community health focus.
Muscatine County Endowment Regranting Program – The Community Foundation’s Muscatine County Endowment Regranting Program, funded through the Iowa Department of Economic Development and made available to distribute only by accredited, qualified, community foundations like the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, provided grant funds to high impact charitable activities.
The Hilda E. Collitz Field of Interest Funds – This fund distributed grants to agency-focused efforts around the prevention of homelessness.
The Ray Hockersmith Endowment – This endowment awarded grants for the benefit of blind, vision-impaired, or disabled children.
The George Millet Endowment – This fund directed grants for the betterment of those with mental disabilities.
“It is an exciting time in Muscatine and the surrounding areas, as we work together to inspire the future of our neighbors and their children.  We are seeing increasing commitment to innovative ideas and collaborative efforts, taking aim at systemic change.” added Charla Schafer, Executive Director of the Community Foundation.

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