The board of eirectors at the Community Foundation of Dunn County recently awarded mor3 5hqn $35,000 in grants to 14 local charitable organizations in areas such as basic human needs, the environment, health and education in its second and final competitive grant cycle for 2017.

These grants are provided by CFDC funds created by local families, philanthropists, corporations and private foundations for the charitable investment in our community: The Elizabeth Fenton Fund for Health, the Clarence Heckle Fund, the Betty Gesche Fund, the Theodore E. and Emma-Lou "Rod" Wiehe Fund, the Healthy Futures Fund, and the Common Good Fund.

The recipients of this competitive grant cycle include:

  • Boyceville Community Ambulance District: Safety equipment: helmets, ANSI jackets and Vvests - $3,857
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley: Summer member scholarships - $5,000
  • Children's Museum of Eau Claire: Sky Stories: Planetarium outreach program - $1,000
  • Colfax Railroad Museum, Inc.: Colfax heritage events site development - $2,000
  • Dunn County Dementia Coalition: Dunn County Communities Becoming Dementia Friendly - $4,984
  • Dunn County Humane Society: Pets for Seniors and Vets - $625
  • Girl Scouts of the NW Great Lakes, Inc.: Leadership experience STEM program - $2,175
  • Indianhead Enterprises Inc: Vocational equipment for individuals with disabilities - $3,091
  • Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts: Children's series 2017-2018 - $1,000
  • Reach Out And Read – Mayo Clinic Red Cedar: Pediatric literacy program - $2,200
  • Ridgeland Area Library: Basement remodel for expanded programming - $2,500
  • The Arc of Dunn County, Inc.: Life-skills program meeting space - $2,925
  • The Bridge To Hope: Comfort and safety for shelter victims - $4,191

A $4,000 grant was also awarded to Stepping Stones of Dunn County for Food Pantry support through the Tuesday’s Table Fund of the CFDC through this cycle.

Grant highlights

The Dunn County Dementia Coalition recently formed in an effort to help create an educated and supportive community for those living with dementia. It is estimated that more than 700 Dunn County residents are living with some type of dementia according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Symptoms such as memory loss, confusion, and agitation can create uncomfortable and unsafe situations in the community when people are unprepared to appropriately respond and support someone experiencing these symptoms.

The coalition received grant funding to provide short training sessions to interested businesses and organizations to help educate the community on the symptoms of dementia to, as a community, better serve and support those affected. Training aims to help people identify dementia symptoms early, inform participants on the community resources available, and ensure an overall improved experience for both the persons experiencing dementia symptoms and the community members interacting with them.

Businesses or groups interested in participating in the training can contact the Dunn County Aging & Disability Resource Center for more information.

The Colfax Railroad Museum received funding to help establish a Heritage Festival event in Colfax to attract local and regional visitors to the museum and to the community. The grant was awarded specifically to lay train tracks and prepare the grounds to install a small, fully operational train with cars and tracks to give patrons train rides as part of the event and as a continuing attraction for the Railroad Museum, which families can use for gatherings, birthday parties, field trips and other events.

The next Community Foundation grant deadline is Feb. 1, 2018. Complete details and forms can be found online at www.cfdunncounty.org.

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Dunn County News reporter

Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at laura.giammattei@lee.net or (715) 279-6721.

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