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CEDAR FALLS — The Cedar Falls Public Library, Beau’s Blessings: A Place to Play Inclusive Park and the Cedar Falls Pickleball Club are among community projects that will receive grants totaling $211,000.

The announcement is being made by the Cedar Falls Community Foundation Board of Directors.

The Cedar Falls Public Library has received grants for $181,000 to support this year’s programming efforts, including the summer library program, children’s book festival, LitCon 2018 and Murder Mystery 2018. In addition, grants will allow for the purchase of new library furniture and service desk and e-materials for the collection, as well as support construction of the Co-Lab (Collaborative Laboratory) Makers Space.

“We are extremely grateful for these funds. The Cedar Falls Public Library Co-Lab will provide our community with opportunities for creativity and innovation through access to tools, machinery, software and space for teaching and learning. We are so pleased to move forward with this project,” said Erin Thompson, Co-Lab committee chair.

The building plan process officially began on Jan. 8 with assistance from the city of Cedar Falls.

Grants are being made from three funds that specifically support the library: the Robert & Shirley Berg Fund for the Cedar Falls Public Library, the Kathryn Ray Fund for the Cedar Falls Public Library and the Cedar Falls Public Library Building Endowment.

Additional grants were made from the Rownd Trust for Beau’s Blessings: A Place to Play Inclusive Park and the Cedar Falls Pickleball Club. Beau’s Blessing has received $10,000 for construction of a park where special needs children will have a safe, inclusive place to play. Approximately $5,000 was awarded to the pickleball club to assist in building eight pickleball courts. Since the Rownd Trust was established in 1967, more than $800,000 has been granted to community projects.

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation board also approved grants from the Bunger Family Foundation Fund to the Beyond Pink TEAM for $5,000, which will be used to provide financial assistant to individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment. The Bunger fund was established in memory of Kathy Bunger, who battled breast cancer while helping others in the midst of the same battle. In addition, $5,000 was granted to the Boys and Girls Club of the Cedar Valley for their capital campaign to build a new teen center and $5,000 for the Waterloo School Foundation to build the endowed Bunger Family Fund which will provide educational grants to Waterloo area students.

The foundation will honor donors at their September Community Builder Celebration. The Melendy Spirit award winner also will be named. Nominations are now being accepted. The Melendy Spirit Award is open to individuals, families, groups, or organizations who, as Cedar Falls residents have made outstanding community contributions that have enhanced, improved, or positively affected the overall quality of life in Cedar Falls, through philanthropic or other means.

Nominations may be made for honorees both living and deceased. Nominations are due April 20. For more information, visit

Anyone interested in establishing a Donor Advised Fund, should contact the Cedar Falls Community Foundation at or call 243-9170.

Applications to the Rownd Trust and the Diamond Community Enhancement Fund will be next accepted in June 2019. For more information, contact Cynthia Sweet, executive director, Cedar Falls Community Foundation at

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