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News Release

Cedar Rapids area nonprofits receive more than $33,000 from Alliant Energy Foundation
Gifts part of ongoing grant making

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – December 23, 2013 – Fourteen nonprofits in Cedar Rapids received community grants totaling $33,000 from the Alliant Energy Foundation as part of its winter grant making process.

Four Oaks received $10,000 for its Achievement Academy as part of its Total Child program.

African American Heritage Foundation received $5,000 for its “Behind the Beat” project, an effort to teach African American history through music in exhibits, interactive environments and outreach.

Horizons, a Family Service Alliance of Cedar Rapids received $3,000 for its Meals on Wheels program providing hot, fresh meals to older adults and people with disabilities in their homes.

Young Parents Network received $3,000 for its Broadway Maybies 2014 fundraising event to support vulnerable populations of high risk young parents and very young children.

Other nonprofits receiving funding include: HD Youth Center, Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Area Substance Abuse Council and Johnson School of the Arts PTA.

“We’re proud to support these organizations because of the incredible benefits they bring to our community.” said Tom Aller, president of the Alliant Energy Foundation. “These nonprofits contribute greatly to improving the quality of life and we’re pleased to support the greater Cedar Rapids area.”

The grants were made through the Alliant Energy Foundation’s Community Grant Program, which has awarded more than $240,000 in grants during its third-of-three grant cycles in 2013; more than $1 million was provided to 485 non-profit organizations across the Alliant Energy service area in 2013. The Foundation awards community grants to specific projects benefiting the community in the areas of arts, education, environment, and human and civic needs.

Media Contact: Annemarie Newman (608) 458-6250