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Guest speaker at the August 1st Kiwanis meeting was Emily Babinat who represented the Tama County Community Foundation. Over the years, this foundation has provided over a million dollars to cities and organizations throughout Tama County. In order to receive a grant from the foundation, groups must apply online. Also, a recent change is that the foundation would prefer to handle grant requests that are over $1,000. Groups applying must also be very accurate on their group’s budgets. Two considerations that affect the foundation's decision to award a grant are that they prefer to give grant money to groups that have requested funds elsewhere and who have not received a foundation grant for a few years. Last year, the 16 committee members awarded 47 grants out of the 56 grant requests. The foundation is funded from gambling money. It has provided money for such diverse requests as playground equipment, building repair, Government Day, pagers, school security system, and Camp Creamery. President Fletcher thanked Donna Smith for greeting, Joanna Hofer for leading the song and pledge, and Anne Michael giving the prayer.



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