Cedar Falls Community Foundation Grants Made to Local Organizations
August 11, 2020
The Cedar Falls Community Foundation Board of Directors has approved grants to five area nonprofits totaling $33,250.00. Applications were accepted April through June to the Rownd Trust and the Diamond Arts and History Fund, through the Community Foundation’s online application portal at www.cf-communityfoundation.org
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra will receive $2,500 from the Diamond Arts and History Fund to sponsor the Principal Clarinet Chair. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra is located in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony is one of the foundational organizations providing fine arts performances in the Cedar Valley,and has been for the past 90 years. In addition to serving adult audiences with performances, the Symphony’s Education Program connects over 8,000 northeastern Iowa K-12 students with classical music each year. These Education Program performances include Lollipop Concerts and Instrument Petting Zoos for children in grades pre-school through third grade, Youth Concerts for fourth through sixth grade students and the annual Young Artist Concerto Competition. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony has a strong national reputation as a presenter of multi-media concerts. Several of these concerts were in collaboration with local visual artist Gary Kelley.
The James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts will receive $4,750 from the Diamond Arts and History Fund for the preparation and publication of Ferner Nuhn’s Memoir of Marjorie Nuhn. The James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts is located at 304 W. Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls. The Hearst Center works to empower artists and promote arts and culture in our community.
As part of their ongoing efforts to draw attention to Cedar Falls artist Marjorie Ann Nuhn (1898-1988), the Hearst is working with community partners to develop a small published volume containing introductory texts, high quality artwork reproductions, and the formal memoir of Marjorie’s life written in 1985 by her brother, author and literary critic Ferner Nuhn. A grant from the Diamond Arts and History Fund will make publication possible.
The publishing project, together with an exhibition of Marjorie Nuhn’s work slated for September, will be the culminating project within the larger framework of working to make Marjorie’s life and artwork more visible.
The Cedar Falls Woman’s Club will receive $8,500 from the Rownd Trust to repair equipment. The Cedar Falls Woman’s Club is located at 304 Clay Street, Cedar Falls. The Woman’s Club provides opportunities for members to learn and serve through volunteer work and participation in civic events. The Woman’s Club will use their grant for parts and labor to repair their freezer compressor, thereby extending the life of their equipment. The Cedar Falls Woman’s Club plays an important role as a wedding and event venue in Cedar Falls.
North Star Community Services will receive $7,500 from the Rownd Trust for ongoing facility maintenance. North Star Community Services is located at 3420 University Ave., Waterloo. North Star is a local, private non-profit rehabilitative services agency providing adult day services and supported community living services so individuals with disabilities are better able to live enriched, meaningful, productive and independent lives. They will use a grant from the Rownd Trust to perform necessary building maintenance and repairs.
The Cedar Valley Preschool and Childcare Center will receive $10,000 from the Rownd Trust for playground equipment. The Cedar Valley Preschool and Child Care Center is located at 724 Lantz Ave., Cedar Falls. Their mission is to provide a structured curriculum of developmentally appropriate activities which aim at the positive growth and development of each individual child, socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Their inclusive learning environment welcomes children ages 18 months to 11 years of age, serving 100 children annually. Their curriculum with both indoor and outdoor environments, engages and inspires children. The Rownd Trust grant of $10,000 will replace deteriorating climbing and sliding equipment used by all ages. The Cedar Valley Preschool’s playground is the only Nature Explore Certified Outdoor Classroom in Black Hawk County. For more information, visit www.cvpccc.com
The Cedar Falls Community Foundation (CFCF) is a nationally accredited community foundation working with donors to make a difference in Cedar Falls. The Cedar Falls Community Foundation is located inside Farmers State Bank, 6th and Main Street, Cedar Falls, and is accessible by appointment, phone 319.243.9170, email: CFCF@cfu.net, and website: www.cf-communityfoundation.org.