Business in brief: Sept. 20

Posted on Sep 20, 2014


Volunteers plant new trees as part of energy effort

Volunteers and community leaders are planting trees in Cambridge to provide more shade and save energy, according to a press release.

The effort is part of the statewide Trees Forever and Alliant Energy’s Branching Out program. This fall, Branching Out will award more than $ 100,000 in grants to assist 23 Iowa communities and groups with tree-planting projects, with Cambridge receiving $ 9,240.

To volunteer to help plant and care for the trees in Cambridge, contact Dan Mortensen at (515) 263-3208.


Grant applications are due Sept. 30

Applications for the latest round of Story County Community Foundation grants are due Sept. 30.

Nonprofit, charitable organizations in Story County are eligible for grants of up to $ 6,000. Last year, 16 projects were funded.

Additional information and application forms are available at

Ames Community

Grant applications are due Oct. 17

The Ames Community Grant Program is currently accepting applications to fund qualifying 2015 projects and events. Established by the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau as an opportunity for the local hospitality industry to invest in the community, the Ames Community Grant Program will mark its ninth year in 2015.

Since its start, the program has awarded more than $ 418,000 in grants to more than 170 cultural, educational, athletic, environmental and artistic events and projects that benefit the community and make Ames a better place to live and visit.

For more information and to download an application, go to

Completed applications are due by noon on Friday, Oct. 17 and may be sent to Angela Davidson at, or dropped off at the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1601 Golden Aspen Drive, Suite 110.

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