The Hardin County Community Endowment Foundation (HCCEF) is pleased to announce support of 26 projects in Hardin County totaling $231,019 through The Hardin County Arts & Culture Endowment and the Eleanor & Evelyn Schiller Fund.

Funding for these two accounts has been provided by generous donors in our communities. The Hardin County Arts & Culture Endowment was established in September 2010 with proceeds from the Simon Estes “Roots and Wings” tour donated to the fund plus a sizable donation from Jerry & Sue Welden to continue the endowment.  Since then, the fund has been used to bring live entertainment acts to Hardin County.  Starting this year, grants were submitted to the HCCEF Affiliate Advisory Board for consideration of the funds. 

The Eleanor & Evelyn Schiller Fund was established in November 2016.  Eleanor & Evelyn’s purpose is to help non-profits in the Iowa Falls-Alden Community School District communities of Alden, Buckeye and Iowa Falls. Their trust named several area non-profits to receive funding after their passing and the remainder of the trust bestowed to the Hardin County Community Endowment Foundation for future grants.

HCCEF is honored to be the stewards of these charitable dollars for our communities. Congratulations to the organizations receiving grants this year!


The Hardin County Arts & Culture Endowment 4 grants – $8,700

Big Green

Hubbard Arboretum Music Concert


Camp Pine Lake

The Show Must Go On! Hardin County Youth Theatre Day Camp

Eldora and New Providence

Hubbard Care Center

Music equals Smiles – Music Therapy & Concerts @ Center 


The Eldora Community Garden

Soundscaping the Children’s Sensory Garden – Adding Sound Instruments to the Garden


The Evelyn and Eleanor Schiller Fund 22 grants – $222,219

Alden Elementary

Play to Learn

Add Sensory Materials for Kindergarten classes

Alden Fire Department

Alden Fire & Rescue Bay Addition

Addition to Fire Station

Alden Horizons Group

Alden Park Lighting for Safety

Additional Lighting to Alden Park-Campgrounds

Buckeye Fire Department

Fire Department Bays Addition

Addition to Fire Station

Dr. Grace O. Doane Alden Public Library Foundation

Alden Public Library Storywalk

Add Outdoor Storywalk from Library to Park 

Ellsworth College Foundation

Ellsworth Heritage Museum

Support Museum Project on Ellsworth Campus

Friends of Calkins Nature Area

Calkins Nature Playscape

Construction of an outdoor nature playscape at Calkins Area 

Friends of the Alden Public Library

Alden Public Library – Library Literacy

Provide reading books to school aged students

Friends of the Pat Clark Art Collection

Artwork Appraisal

Appraise part of Pat Clark Art Collection 

Friends of the Pat Clark Art Collection

Carnegie Ellsworth Gallery Upgrades

Update Art Collection Gallery Displays 

Hardin County Conservation Board

Bessman-Kemp Shelterhouse

Construct Outdoor Shelter at Bessman-Kemp Campgrounds

Iowa Falls, City of

Carnegie Ellsworth Library Updates

Support Building Improvements

Landyn Lewey-Iowa Falls Boy Scout Troop 316

Landyn Lewey Eagle Scout Project-Rain Garden at Calkins Nature Area

Support Rain Garden Project 

Iowa Falls-Alden High School Ag Department

IFA Ag Metal Working Equipment

Provide new welding equipment for students to learn skills

Iowa Falls-Alden High School Music Department

Ensemble Cultural Diversity Project

Provide additional musical instruments to music department

Iowa Falls-Alden High School Music Department

Live Music Again!

Support live music concert for community 

Iowa Falls-Alden Community School District

Youth Confidence & Coping Skills Growth

Support purchase of confidence growing equipment for students

Iowa Falls Lions Club

Iowa Falls Lions Eye Glass Project

Support eyeglasses project for students of IF-A school district

Iowa Falls Rotary Club

Foster Park Disc Golf Kiosk

Construction of informational kiosk at Disc Golf Park 

Ladies Social Gathering Union Cemetery Board

Union Cemetery Road Paving & Repair

Support resurfacing of roads in cemetery

Salt & Light Outreach Ministries

Restaurant internship program

Provide afterschool program to assist students to enter the restaurant workforce

Scenic City Tree Keepers

North Park Arboretum Restoration

Replace tree identification signs and planting of additional trees at Arboretum