FD Community Foundation and United Way wins award

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa College of Public Health and its Business Leadership Network announced seven award recipients under the fourth annual round of the Community Grant Program.

The recipients of the fourth round of funding are: Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, Mason City; Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way, Fort Dodge; Lee County Health Department, Fort Madison; Living Proof Exhibit, Davenport; Muscatine Center for Social Action, Muscatine; North Fayette Valley Community Coalition, Inc., Elgin; and Siouxland District Health Department, Sioux City. The organizations received cash grant awards of up to $3,000.

The grant program funds, in conjunction with an equal cash match from other organizations or businesses, will be used for public health-related initiatives and projects in the recipient communities.

The Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way will provide beds and cribs for children living in poverty in Fort Dodge. Good sleep is critical for a child’s health, well-being, and ability to learn. A partnership with local schools, health care providers, the Webster County Health Department and nonprofits will help identify children who need beds.

“These projects strengthen community health at the local level and make an impact where people live, work, and play,” said Edith Parker, dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health. “This grant program demonstrates the college’s commitment to partnering with communities and businesses to enhance well-being across Iowa.”