The Moulton-Udell Community School District recently received a $15,000 grant from Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative and Co-Bank to update pre-kindergarten playground equipment, install a long jump and shot put/discus throwing area, and add a shelter house on the south end of the school.

The shelter house will be used for high school students to eat lunch as well as provide shelter in bad weather for parents picking up their children at the end of the day.

Co-Bank’s “Sharing Success” matching grant program is designed to celebrate the vital role that cooperatives play in the U.S. rural economy and in individual communities across the country. Co-Bank committed $4 million in 2021 to match charitable donations given by cooperative partnerships through nonprofit organizations in their local communities.

Since its inception in 2012, the program has generated over $56 million in total charitable donations primarily in rural areas across the country. Contributions are matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $10,000.

The matching funds were made as a community investment by SIEC. This is the tenth year SIEC has been able to capture the Co-Bank grant funds for projects in the local area.

Previous recipients of the Co-Bank matching grant program were Moulton EMS and Fire Department, Van Buren County Trails, the Davis County Trails Council, Camp Wapello Preservation Group, Wapello Heritage Foundation, Davis County Sheriff’s Office, Appanoose County PIC ME Foundation, Van Buren County Education Foundation, Wapello County Cardinal Youth Foundation, and Davis County Community Foundation.