Cedar Falls Community Foundation Announces Grants

February 17, 2015



Attached: photo, Cedar Falls Historical Society Victorian House




The Cedar Falls Community Foundation Board of Directors approved grants totaling $40,080.00 at its January 29, 2015 meeting.  Grants to the Cedar Falls Public Library were approved from three funds, including the Kathryn Ray Fund for the Cedar Falls Public Library; the Cedar Falls Public Library Building Fund; and the Robert and Shirley Berg Fund for the Cedar Falls Public Library.  These grants will fund diverse activities including author visits, activities in partnership with the wcfSymphony, a bus trip, STEAM & craft activities, and a murder mystery.   Cedar Falls Community Foundation President Russ Curtis noted that, “The Foundation has a partnership of long standing with the Cedar Falls Public Library and we are delighted to support their diverse educational community programs.”

A grant request from the Cedar Falls Historical Society in the amount of $13,580 was approved from the Ella Rownd Trust.  Executive Director Cyndi Sweet commented, “The Ella Rownd Trust plays an important role among the Foundation’s funds, funding capital projects in significant amounts.  The Cedar Falls Historical Society’s restoration of the exterior of the Victorian Home is an opportunity for the Foundation to support the careful stewardship the Historical Society offers this community, not only of its historical structures, but also the significant objects and archives housed there.”

Karen Smith, Executive Director of the Cedar Falls Historical Society, mentioned that the Victorian Home welcomes thousands of visitors each year to learn more about local history and heritage.  Smith said, “The $13,580 grant will allow us to complete a careful restoration of the soffits, fascia, brackets, and columns that define the Italianate style of the home and make it a distinctive landmark and destination.  We know that this project will continue to inspire others to value historic preservation and to make their own investments in such work.  The support of the Cedar Falls Community Foundation over many years has been essential to the success of our organization.  We thank the Foundation for all they do to support our community and to help us “keep our heritage alive.”

The Foundation is also announcing that it has approved a $25,000 grant from the Ella Rownd Trust to the Western Home Foundation to support the construction of a wellness/community center on the Western Home’s south campus.  According to Sweet, “With this significant gift, the Cedar Falls Community Foundation has demonstrated once again their support of the quality of life amenities offered in Cedar Falls.  The Foundation is especially pleased that their contribution will allow the exercise room within the fitness space to be named in honor of the Cedar Falls Community Foundation.”

Mary Taylor, Development Director for the Western Home Foundation, said, “We’re very thankful the Cedar Falls Community Foundation saw the need and the value in our wellness/community center. When complete, it will be the hub for all types of wellness for our residents and others 55-plus in the community, from social to physical to intellectual wellness. It’s also fitting that these funds come from the Rownd Trust, given that our south campus site encompasses much of the Rownd family farm from a century ago. I hope they’re pleased with the legacy that continues here today.”

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation serves as the leading philanthropic organization in Cedar Falls, Iowa, using the resources entrusted to its stewardship to support projects that enhance the community’s quality of life through cultural, scholarly, recreational, literary, and artistic endeavors.  The Cedar Falls Community Foundation encourages community philanthropy and collaboration.  For more information about the Cedar Falls Community Foundation, please visit www.cf-communityfoundation.org  or contact 319.243.9170 or cfcf@cfu.net.