The Gilchrist Foundation Helps Make Miracles

There’s no better way to cap off the end of summer than with America’s pastime. On September 6 – 8, 2019, the Miracle League of Sioux City hosted more than 100 athletes from around the world for the second-annual Miracle League All-Star Celebration, which was injected with some Iowa pride thanks to the Gilchrist Foundation.

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From Concrete to Green Space, The Gilchrist Foundation Helps Renovate Olson Cultural Event Center

Last fall, work began to turn Le Mars’ Olson Cultural Event Center from a sea of cement to an inviting, open, green space in downtown Le Mars, with some help from the Gilchrist Foundation.

The Le Mars Area Betterment Foundation was awarded $25,000 in 2018 to renovate the downtown attraction. Used for outdoor concerts, church services and summer events like the Grill ‘n’ Chill Rib Rally, Kid Kar Racing and Madonarri Chalk Art Festival, the event center is a favorite spot for Le Mars’ residents.

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Sioux County Nature Center Closer to Opening

Residents of Sioux County will soon have a new spot to relax, explore, touch and learn about the area’s wildlife. The Sioux County Nature Center is currently being built on the county’s western edge in Oak Grove Park in Hawarden, Iowa. The $4.8 million project is spearheaded by the Sioux County Conservation Foundation, which has made huge strides to raise the total funds needed; it reached the $4.2 million mark in July. The Sioux County Nature Center will feature a two-story, 12,000-square-foot facility that will be used for school field trips, summer camps, nursing home visits, civic groups and families.

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Gilchrist Foundation Supports Saturday in the Park

Since 1991, the Saturday in the Park outdoor music festival has brought free, live music to Sioux City. It is held annually on the Saturday closest to the Fourth of July in Sioux City’s Grandview Park Municipal Bandshell, attracting about 25,000 people from across the Midwest each year. In 2018, the Gilchrist Foundation awarded the festival $50,000 in special project funds to help cover the costs to bring in the musical acts.

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From Across the State Directly to Your Living Room

More than two million viewers tune in each month for programming that is supported in part by the Gilchrist Foundation. In 2018, the Gilchrist Foundation awarded Iowa Public Television Foundation $55,000 to help fund several programs including “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow … Together – IPTV’s 50th Anniversary,” the “High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase,” “The Best of Living in Iowa,” “Iowa Outdoors” and “Iowa State Fair Highlights.”

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Gilchrist Foundation Pledges $100,000 for Spring Flooding Relief

In early March 2019, a storm system released torrential rainfall over existing snowpack across Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and other Midwest states. The rain flash-melted huge quantities of water, overwhelming dams and levees. Groundwater bubbled up into many homes across Siouxland, but those located along rivers, including the Elk Horn River in Nebraska and Big Sioux, Little Sioux and Floyd rivers in Iowa, faced dire flooding conditions.

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Saving Brinton: Helping To Preserve The Past

The Gilchrist Foundation was proud to lend support to this project both with production and the marketing of the theatrical release. In 2018, the foundation awarded a $5,000 micro-grant to FilmScene for further marketing and publicity of the theatrical release of Saving Brinton. FilmScene is an Iowa City theater that shows feature films but also hosts filmmaker dialogues, panel discussions and community events. It is a member-supported, mission-driven theater. A micro-grant was also awarded in 2016 to help produce the movie.

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Micro-Grants Help Fund Small Projects

The Gilchrist Foundation’s capital campaigns, endowments and project grants help fund existing programs, ongoing projects, renovations and expansions that support the arts and public broadcasting, wildlife and conservation and disaster relief across Siouxland. The foundation pledges tens of thousands of dollars each year to help support these types of projects but also understands there are times when just a little help is needed. That’s where the foundation’s micro-grants come in.

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Gilchrist Foundation Supports UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s

The Gilchrist Foundation is proud to support the arts in Siouxland and we love being there when the completed projects - that our grants helped fund - are officially unveiled. UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s, located in Sioux City, recently unveiled two completed projects that were supported by our grants, the Pierce Street Project and the newly renovated pediatric playroom.

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The Gilchrist Foundation Awards for 2018

Each year the Gilchrist Foundation invites Siouxland nonprofits with ties to the arts and public broadcasting, wildlife and conservation and disaster relief to submit applications for its endowment and capital campaign grants and project grants. The annual grant cycle begins in April and ends in mid-July.

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Gilchrist Learning Center Is Now Open

The wait is over. One of the Gilchrist Foundation’s biggest campaign projects is now officially a reality. The Gilchrist Learning Center, the Sioux City Art Center’s new 11,000-square-foot addition, opened for classes on September 24.

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The Gilchrist Foundation Supports Arts Education In Siouxland

Fall is synonymous with back to school and some of the most beloved classes involve the arts. Instilling a passion for the arts early, helps transform students into adults who love the arts and continue to support its programs throughout their lives. That’s why the Gilchrist Foundation is proud to support area schools and colleges that put a priority on art education.

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When Disaster Hits, The Gilchrist Foundation Is There

Summer is full of fun outdoor activities like festivals, food trucks, boating and baseball. Yet, this exciting time of the year is also one of the most dangerous due to severe weather. May through September is prime time for tornadoes, floods and hurricanes and the impact these natural disasters have on us is devastating

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Camp High Hopes Provides Summer Fun For All

The Gilchrist Foundation has a passion for supporting the arts, creative dramatics and nature education for all Siouxlanders. That’s why we’ve pledged a matching endowment fund grant of $100,000 to Camp High Hopes. That means every dollar the camp raises; we will match it dollar-for-dollar.


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Deadlines For Grant Applications Coming Soon

Mark your calendars, the deadline for 2018 grant applications is June 29, 2018. If you’ve been invited to apply for funding, make sure to get your applications to us by then. If you’re interested in applying for one of our grants, there are a couple things you should know.

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2017 Grant Recipients

The Gilchrist Foundation is proud to annually award grants to organizations whose projects align with our mission to promote wildlife and conservation, the arts and public broadcasting, and disaster relief. 

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