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Dodge Trust accepting applications for 2020 distribution

Dodge Trust accepting applications for 2020 distribution

Dodge Trust

At right, Bob Sheehan, New Visions Homeless Services CEO, accepts a $14,000 donation from the Dodge Trust, presented by Jay Meldrum, left, president of the Dodge Trust Board of Trustees, during a 2019 at the Council Bluffs Public Library. Area charitable organizations this year once again have the opportunity to benefit from the trust.

Area charitable organizations again have a chance to receive grant funding from the Dodge Trust.

The City of Council Bluffs announced it will be accepting applications for the 2020 distribution from the trust until 5 p.m. on Nov. 20.

The purpose of the Dodge Trust is to provide funding to charitable organizations or agencies that provide services to the residents of Council Bluffs, the city said in a release.

Since its inception in 1989 when the city received one-third of the residuary estate of General Grenville Dodge, the Dodge Trust board has overseen the trust’s assets, watching it grow from $900,000 to in excess of $2.8 million and has distributed in excess of $2 million in grants.

The trust has already doled out $25,000 to the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund. The board intends to distribute an additional $100,000 this year, the city said.

The Dodge Trust is managed by its Board of Trustees, which is appointed by the mayor with the concurrence of the City Council. Kelly Douglas-Jones is the board chair of Michael Sciortino is vice chair.

The 2020 applications can be obtained online at the city’s website,, by contacting the City Attorney’s Office at 712-890-5317 or requesting an application via email (

Applications should be completed and submitted to the Council Bluffs City Attorney’s Office, located on the third floor of City Hall, 209 Pearl St., Suite 304.

The city said distribution of the grants is planned on or about Dec. 16.

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