Five nonprofits that work with issues involving children and education, medical research and family support, or honoring heroes have the opportunity to receive a $5,000 grant from the Storey Kenworthy Foundation.
Storey Kenworthy, an Iowa-based supplier of office supplies and commercial interiors, has an office in Des Moines. For more than 80 years it has supported engagement with Iowa communities, with programs including paid time off for employees to perform volunteer service, donations of used furniture and other inventory, sponsoring and/or making one-time donations to local events and fundraising efforts, and dispensing thousands of dollars to nonprofits that serve residents of the state.
The deadline to apply for this year’s awards, which will be announced in late November, is Aug. 31. Lincoln Dix, vice president of sales for Storey Kenworthy’s sales division, told the West Des Moines Guide in an email interview that so far the foundation has received only 10 applications; it expects more as the deadline nears.
To be eligible for a grant, the organization should have a physical presence in Iowa, address one of the foundation’s main areas of interest and benefit more than a single individual or family. Applications must come from someone directly associated with the certified 501c3 nonprofit organization, and the nonprofit must be able to document how it helps communities.
Last year the foundation awarded $5,000 each to Everybody Wins, Iowa, a reading mentorship program provides volunteers who read one-on-one with children; and The Chrysalis Foundation, which provides services designed to empower, educate and improve the safety of girls who live in difficult situations in the Greater Des Moines area in the Children and Education category.
In the Medical Research and Support category, winners were the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Alzheimer's Association, both organizations that raise funds for research into causes and cures of diseases and provide support for patients, their families and their caregivers.
In the Honoring Heroes category, grants were awarded to Paralyzed Veterans of America, which offers support to veterans and their families, including help with employment, legal issues, obtaining medical care, wheelchair and adaptive athletics, and more; and supporting research into spinal cord injuries and other causes of associated disabilities.
For more information or to apply for a grant, visit the foundation’s website.