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The Wellmark Foundation awards more than $575,000 in Small MATCH grants

November 18, 2020

Des Moines, IA — The Wellmark Foundation has provided 28 Iowa organizations with their Small Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grant awards. These organizations were notified in August of their pending awards and had 12 weeks to secure the required matching funds. Small MATCH grant recipients were able to use a combination of in-kind donations, services and cash in order to receive their award from The Wellmark Foundation. All the funded projects will help individuals, families and communities achieve better health through built environment initiatives that encourage physical activity or access to and consumption of nutritious foods.

"The Wellmark Foundation is proud to award a total of $575,608 to these 28 Iowa organizations," said Mary Lawyer, The Wellmark Foundation executive director. "The projects these organizations are implementing will enhance the quality of life and the overall well-being of citizens in their communities for several generations."

The 28 Iowa organizations awarded a Wellmark Foundation 2020 Small MATCH grant include:

Boone County Conservation, $25,000
High Trestle Trail to City of Boone Connection

Butler County, $6,934.17
Heery Woods Nature Center Trail Expansion and Renovation

City of Bloomfield, $25,000
Outdoor Recreational Area

City of Churdan, $20,000
Park Improvements

City of Coralville, $25,000
Trailhead Plaza at Creekside Park

City of Fort Dodge, $11,725
Food Distribution Study

City of La Porte City, $25,000
Lions Park Ball Diamond Renovation

City of Lenox, $25,000
Main Street Pocket Park

City of Malvern, $25,000
Boehner Pond Enhancement: Wabash Trace Connectivity

City of Murray, $25,000
Murray Recreational Complex

City of Sigourney, $25,000
Pickleball/Shuffleboard Courts

City of Van Meter, $14,000
Johnson Park Playground Equipment

City of Victor, $17,365.89
Water Works Park

Clear Creek Amana Community School District, $13,583
Middle School Outdoor Classroom

ConnectCR, Inc., $25,000

Dayton Community Club, $10,000
Cadwell Park Courts

Durant PTO, $24,000
Inclusive Playground Update

Friends of Rock Creek State Park, $25,000
New Playground at Rock Creek State Park

Greenfield Chamber/Main Street & Development, $25,000
Greenfield Park Improvement Project

Iowa Western Community College, $10,000
Treasure Cove Disc Golf Course Improvements

Kellans Kingdom, $25,000
Western Iowa Miracle Field

Madison County Foundation for Environmental Education, $25,000
Madison County Environmental Learning Center

Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation, $21,000
Trail Corridor

Pleasant Valley Community School District, $15,000
Junior High FitCore Extreme

River Action Inc., $25,000
First Bridge

Three Rivers Conservation Foundation, $12,000
Pollmiller Playground Project

Washington County, $25,000
Kewash Trail Paving and Enhancements

Woodbine Community Foundation, $25,000
Park & Rec Complex Trailhead, Pedestrian Route and Community Orchard Loop

Learn more about these projects. Since its inception in 1991, The Wellmark Foundation has provided more than $36 million in grant funding to communities across Iowa and South Dakota.