Team Run Free


This is Kevin Hircock of Team Run Free and T.J. Denham.

The Dallas County Foundation awarded Team Run Free grant funds which allowed them to purchase a custom made running cart to allow for bigger people to run with them.

“TJ has been very busy. We have caregivers now, and there are a couple who are his age. When they are here, we don’t see much of them because they are on the go. It has been so good for him. He has also started participating in 5Ks, much to my surprise. I did not think he would enjoy that, but he wants to go every time there is an opportunity. He runs with a nonprofit team called Team Run Free whose runners push special needs in carts. It has been a wonderful, fun thing for him to do. They purchased another bigger cart for him because he is so long. I call it Big Red. I attached a picture of the Boy Scout race out in Waukee a couple of weeks ago.” – Kelly Denham


Kevin Hircock with T.J. Denham at the Boy Scout Race in Waukee.

Dallas County Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

Dallas County FoundationThe Dallas County Foundation, in conjunction with Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation, is pleased to announce that $133, 347.81 has been awarded to 29 Dallas County organizations for 2017 community betterment projects. 

Those receiving funds are charitable organizations with a tax designation of 501(c)3, 5, 6 or a 170(b) unit of government.

Since 2006 DCF has awarded over $965,347 to nearly 189 projects in Dallas County.  Those projects are listed at:

This is the second year for Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation to grant funds to county foundations immediately surrounding Greene County. 

Grow Greene County intends to grant funds to these counties each year.

The Dallas County Foundation received $42,130.47 this year from GGCGC.

The next grant cycle will be announced in December 2017.

Dallas County Foundation is an affiliate of Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

DCF/GGC 2017 Grant Recipients are:

1. Adel – Adel Oakdale Pride – $2,500
Oakdale Cemetery Improvements

2. Adel – Adel Home Care Services – $2,500
Food proofer cabinet, upgrade floor

3. Adel – Team Run Free – $2,000 
Special needs run cart

4. Adel – Good Samaritan Food Pantry – $4,233
Air conditioning, office equipment

5. Adel Public Library – $2,800 
Community room flooring

6. Bouton – Veteran’s Memorial – $5,000 
Reconstruct memorial

7. Dallas County Food Bank of Iowa – $7,000
Dual axle delivery truck

8. Dallas County Habitat for Humanity – $5,000 
Storage trailer

9. Dallas County Brenton Arboretum – $2,000 
Color copier

10. Dallas Center – Spurgeon Manor – $3,000 
Rehab equipment

11. DeSoto AHeinz57 – $14,000 
New surgical equipment, bldg.

12. DeSoto Public Library – $1,017 – Laptops

13. Granger Hawks Dug Out Club – $5,600
Baseball bullpen fencing

14. Granger Parks and Rec – $3,500
Lighting for Centennial Park

15. Granger Police Department – $1,882 
In-car and body cameras

16. Minburn Comm. Betterment – $2,500
Parking lot improvements

17. Minburn Fire and Rescue – $800
Gas detection equipment

18. Minburn, City of – $9,000 
City Hall/library roof

19. Perry Historic Preservation – $1,500 
Veteran Mem repairs Violet Hill

20. Perry – Nu Alpha Gamma Chapter – $3,630.47
One room school house Forest Park

21. Dallas Co. Conservation – $20,000
Raccoon River Valley Bike Trail

22. Perry – New Hope Bargain Shoppe – $1,300
Display racks, point of sale iPad

23. Perry – Performing Arts HS – $2,500 
Theatre equipment

24. Perry – Paces Program – $2,500
Student program equipment

25. Perry – Industrial Tech – $5,000
Mobile welding carts

26. Perry – Lutheran Home – $5,585.34
Intergenerational day care

27. Perry – Public Library – $2,000 – Chairs

28. Perry – Art on the Prairie – $5,000 – Metal sculpture

29. Waukee – Public Library Friends – $10,000
Children’s Library Updates

Perry Public Library

perry-public-libraryPerry Public Library was the recipient of grant that they used to purchase new LED lighting.

According to Mary Murphy, they “had two goals: 1) to decrease the library’s electrical usage and subsequently, its electric bill and 2) to make the library more “green” in its electrical usage. This benefits our community by using less taxpayer resources and less energy resources.

An additional benefit of switching from fluorescent to LED light buls was that our patrons enjoy more illumination than before—similar to sunlight outdoors.”


Adm Soccer Club

ADM-SoccerClubThe number of soccer players had exceeded the ADM Soccer Club’s capacity for space and goals, so the extra goals they purchased with the grant funds allowed them to criss-cross the fields and make multiple fields utilizing the same space.

They were able to expand their fall tournament to allow more teams than previous years. Coaches and parents were pleased that they could accommodate more practice times!

Grant Writing Workshop

Free Grant Writing Workshop

January 9, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Adel Public Library
303 South 10th Street
Adel, IA 50003

Catered Lunch

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