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Waterville Community Foundation Grants

The Waterville Community Foundation is a local organization making grant investments to organizations that create a stronger and more vibrant quality of life in the Waterville area and helps people establish permanent funds for the causes thay care about in their community.  The Waterville Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, a nonprofit committed to creating long-term impact in 19 counties in northeast Iowa.  For more information contact 319-287-9106 or visit


Applications will again be accepted late this summer to the Waterville Community Foundation 2017 grant cycle.  The deadline to submit applications will be announced later this year. Grants are awarded to projects in the following areas: Art and Culture, Community Betterment, Education, Enviroment, Health, Historic Preservation and Human service.

The online grant applications will be available on the Community Foundations web site at  Grant recipients will be announced in December of this year.

First time grant applicants should contact dotti thompson, Program Manager at 319-287-9106 ext 18 prior to submitting an application.  Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) disignated organization or government entity serving Waterville area.




Photo: left to right: Mayor Dave Monserud, Waterville; Richard Leiran WCF committee member; Virgil Thorstenson, WCF committee chair; Amanda Streeper, WCF committee member.

Front row: left to right: Joan Leiran, WCF committee member; Sandra Bresnahan, WCF committee member; Bonnie Jones and Gloria Payne, American Legion Auxiliary for Harpers Ferry Legion.

              Waterville Community Foundation grant helps give kids opportunity to learn important skill


A grant from the Waterville Community Foundation made the lives of area children safer and more fun in the summer of 2014.  The $500 grant helped send children in Waterville, Harpers and adjacent rural areas to the Waukon Aquatic Center for 90-minute swin lessons each day for a week through the swim bus for youth initiative.


"People in our communities feel the swim bus is a community need and that every child should be given the chance to learn to swim," said Bonnie Jones who submitted the grant application. "Parents express gratitude for the program, and many households have both parents working and cannot make the commute to Waukon for lessons every day for a week or two weeks. Having a swim bus is more economical to transport the youth to Waukon for lessons than having a community swimming pool."


Funds from the grant were used toward the bus fees incurred for the program.  In 2014, the bus fee was $1,817.00


"The community foundation was excited to be able to fund this opportunity for the you in our community who may not otherwise have been able to participate in this program," said Virgil Thorstenson, chair of WCF. "We are only able to provide these types of grants through the support of caring community members.  The Waterville Community Foundation looks forward to supporting more of these types of important community initiatives in the future as we grow."



Photo: Left to right

Mayor Dave Monserud, Curt Rathbun WCF member

Bonnie Jones American Legion Auxillary of the Harpers Ferry Legion, Lisa VanderKolk, Waterville Elementry School, Cindy Gibbs Waterville Public Liabray Board Seated: Sandy Bresnahan WCF member, Marlys Leiran WCF member, Diane Rathbun WCF member.

2016 Grant Awards from the Waterville Communty Foundation

The continued commitment to the Waterville area, with these grant awards, has been amazing with the short time that this organization has been in existance.  It has shown all of us who work with these various community orginizations how valuable this has the potential to be for our community in the future.  The projects that we have been able to fund for the City of Waterville, and the Waterville Public Liabrary, with recent grant awards have proven to enhance community pride and helped expand the educational oportunities through our library, for not only our area youth, but also special projects and educational seminars for all ages in this community.

Dave Monserud, Mayor

To Learn more about the Waterville Community Foundation or to see how you make a gift, go to

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