Keep Iowa Beautiful and Iowa tool manufacturer Yeoman & Company have announced the awards for the Yo-Ho Tools for a More Beautiful Iowa grant program. This is the first year of the program for community groups and organizations to receive grants of up to $200 in Yo-Ho quality tools to assist volunteers in clean up and beautification projects in their communities.

"Governor Branstad has declared April as Keep Iowa Beautiful month and we are pleased to make these Yo-Ho Tools awards to 15 community projects," said Tom Yeoman, President & CEO of Monticello based Yeoman & Company. "Our partnership with Keep Iowa Beautiful will help improve the economic vitality and cultural climate of our Iowa communities."

"This partnership with Yo-Ho Tools shows the interest Iowa companies have in supporting KIB's efforts to build stronger communities and a cleaner more beautiful state," said Gerry Schnepf, Executive Director of KIB. "More information and how to apply can be found at www.keepiowabeautiful.com and the deadline for the next round of applications is March 13, 2015."

Complete listing of grant awards follows.

Yo-Ho Tools have been manufactured by Yeoman & Company in Monticello, Iowa for over 85 years. William F. Yeoman founded the company in 1929 and his grandson, Tom Yeoman, President & CEO, now leads the company that manufactures nearly 400 standard and custom quality tools. More information is available at www.yo-ho.com 

Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods, communities and regions in improving the quality, beauty and cleanliness of our State. KIB empowers Iowan's to have a greater commitment in building pride and respect in the places we live. Please check out our web page at www.keepiowabeautiful.com


Community/Organization; Type of Project; Name of Contact

Farragut/Iowa Community Club; Softball/baseball field landscaping; Becki Sickman

Fonda/Fonda Garden Club, Inc.; Park, gardens & signage landscaping; Wanda Krier

Fonda/Hometown Pride Committee; Community garden; Twyla Armstrong

Ford Dodge/Pride in Community Appearance; Landscaping for parks, public buildings & welcome signs; Jan Wilson

Iowa County/Iowa County Master Gardners; Plantings for Gateway Arboretum and Lake Iowa Nature Center; Lynn Rush

Lee & Van Buren Counties/Friends of Shimet Forest & Trails; Equestrian trails and campgrounds; Ann Bennett

McGregor/Clan Lions Club; Park and gardens landscaping; Lynette Sander

Montrose/Montrose Riverfront Inc.; Planters, flower beds & entry signs (Great River Road); Mary Sue Chatfield

Nevada/Central Elementary School; Student garden (Noah's Garden); Jamie Hughet

Percival/Hometown Pride Committee; City park improvements; Angela Sheldon

Pocahontas/Pocahontas Garden Club; Courthouse flower bed & main street planters; Barb Tuttle

Riverton/Riverton Betterment Club; Park beautification project; Carol Jennings

Rolfe/Hometown Pride Committee; Main Street Planters; Gloria Gunderson

Story City/Story City Chamber Connection; Park & entrance to downtown; Dwayne Fiihr

Villisca/Front Door/Villisca Visioning along Lovers Lane Trail; Planting native Iowa Shrubs; Rex Galloway