The Daily Iowegian
---- — Andy DeJong, a Fontanelle Hybrids dealer, recently presented the Appanoose County Fair a $3,000 Fontanelle Hybrids F.O.C.U.S. grant to rebuild the pavilion.
"The program, Fontanelle Offering Communities Understanding Support, provides funding for local projects and programs that will benefit communities where Fontanelle Hybrids customers and dealers live and serve," Steve Pike, Fontanelle Hybrids general manager, said. "We are a company built on serving the needs of local farmers, and we believe it's important to give back in kind the support we've received over the years."
Fontanelle has a sales footprint that includes Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, and surrounding states.
The Appanoose County Fair is one of 70 organizations being presented with a grant from Fontanelle Hybrids in 2013. The focus of these special grants is to fund projects and programs that will benefit entire communities. This year, Fontanelle Hybrids is giving away almost $250,000 in donations. The Appanoose County Fair was nominated by DeJong.
The Fontanelle Hybrids FOCUS Grant program was established in 2010, and over the last three years 214 grants have been given to local community organizations, totaling $700,000.
This year, the F.O.C.U.S. grants ranged from school organizations to community projects to volunteer fire and rescue departments. Fontanelle Hybrids stalk holder dealers nominate the organizations and the project for a grant after researching the potential impact the project would have on the community served.
Organizations were eligible for up to $5,000 in grant money. A total of 171 organizations were nominated this year. A management team at Fontanelle Hybrids selects the winning organizations.