Mills County Community Foundation Spring Grant Program Now Open

The Mills County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being
accepted from organizations providing charitable services in Mills County. As part of this spring grant
cycle, approximately $130,000 is available to support Mills County nonprofit organizations and
community projects. The deadline to apply for funds through the online application process is February
1, 2023.
Beginning December 15, application details, a fact sheet, and a link to the application form can be
found online by selecting Mills County under County Listing at
Applications will only be accepted through the online system.
Made possible through the State of Iowa County Endowment Fund Program, this cycle of grants is
funded by a percentage of the state’s commercial gaming tax revenue, which is distributed annually to
participating community foundations associated with counties without a state-issued gaming license.
Only organizations providing services in Mills County are eligible to apply. They must be able to
demonstrate broad community/county support and be an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charity, a local
municipality, or a fiscally sponsored project.
The Mills County Community Foundation aims to improve the quality of life in Mills County by
supporting community needs in the areas of civic engagement, culture, health, education, and social
services. The objective of the grant program is to fund projects that will have a lasting impact in Mills
County. The Mills County Community Foundation will entertain requests for capital and program
support. Requests for general operating support will not be considered.
Please contact Sunni Kamp ( or Sydney Calcagno
( at 800-794-3458 with application-related questions. All completed
grant applications will be considered at the March board meeting, with applicants being notified of
funding decisions by the end of March.
Advisory board members of the Mills County Community Foundation are Chair, Chad McCollester of
Silver City; Vice Chair, Liz Baldwin of Hastings; Secretary/Treasurer, Kathy Reisner of Glenwood;
Jennifer Gee of Imogene; Keith Johnson of Mineola; and Kate McGann of Malvern.

Sunni Kamp has been named Director of the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa. The Foundations are affiliates of the Omaha Community Foundation, serving Audubon, Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page and Shelby Counties.

“Sunni is a dynamic, proven leader with a true passion for serving the people of Iowa. Her previous experience leading the Story County Community Foundation will help us evolve the work in the nine counties we serve. Her experience working on our Donor Services team translates well for the focus needed to build relationships and make community connections,” said Donna Kush, President and CEO of the Omaha Community Foundation.

In her new role, Kamp will lead the Foundations’ grantmaking and fundraising efforts as well as manage each county’s State of Iowa County Endowment Fund Program. The Foundations manage more than $26.5 million in assets, including approximately $24.9 million in endowed assets. They have granted more than $2.1 million so far in 2022.

“As an Iowa native, I am humbled to be assuming this position and excited to expand on the outstanding work the Foundations have done in our affiliate counties,” Kamp said. “Working with and serving communities in Southwest Iowa excites me, and I look forward to building upon the success and philanthropic impact these communities have made.”

Kamp, who joined the Omaha Community Foundation in 2021, holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s Degree from Drake University.

She is taking over the Director role from Stacey Goodman, who is leaving at the end of the year for an opportunity outside the organization.

About the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa

The Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa serve to benefit the communities and residents of nine counties in Southwest Iowa: Audubon, Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page and Shelby Counties. With generous donations from fundholders, they support organizations working to improve the quality of life in each county.

The Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa receive funds each year from the State of Iowa County Endowment Fund Program. These funds are distributed via grants to support the needs and opportunities in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and historic preservation.