The Refresh Manning Trust Fund awarded $4,750 in grants to four Manning organizations for projects ranging from a video projector to a child care center dish sanitizer.
The Manning Public Library, Trestle Park, Leet/Hassler Farmstead at Manning’s Hausbarn-Heritage Park and Manning Child Care Center all received grants Friday from the fund.
The Refresh Manning Trust Fund is a perpetual fund, created in 2012, set up to spend no more than 5 percent of its total funds each year in support of Manning organizations and projects. Long term, its founders hope to eventually raise $1 million for the fund to allow it to function similarly to the Warren H. Timmerman Trust Fund.
This year, the fund awarded the following grants:
— $595 to the Manning Public Library for a portable video projector and screen that will be available for the public to check out and use.
— $655 to help create an “outdoor learning environment” at Trestle Park, a space for both organized activities such as through Girl Scouts or schools and “unguided learning” by visitors. The funds will go toward the $16,000 cost of engineering and design from JEO Consulting.
— $1,500 to the Leet/Hassler Farmstead at Manning’s Hausbarn-Heritage Park to help buy a furnace to maintain the temperature-controlled environment needed to protect the home and its contents. The farmstead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
— $2,000 to the Manning Child Care Center to help buy a new dish sanitizer. The center’s current sanitizer doesn’t function properly, requiring employees to manually wash and sanitize dishes in line with state requirements.
Past recipients of Refresh Manning Trust Fund grants include the Historic Preservation Commission, the IKM-Manning School District, the Manning Child Care Center, the Manning Public Library, the Manning Recreation Center, the Manning youth wrestling team and Trestle Park.
Donors to the Refresh Manning Trust Fund receive a 25 percent State of Iowa tax credit, and donations are eligible as a deduction on federal taxes, according to a news release. Those interested in donating to the trust fund can contact the Main Street Manning office at 712-655-6246.