D.S. Flikkema grant applications accepted through June 3

FULTON, Ill. — Applications for 2019 D.S. Flikkema Foundation Grants will be accepted from April 16 to June 3. Applications need to be completed online at www.qccommunityfoundation.org/facehome.

Since the fund was established in 2008 it has awarded more the $500,000 in grants to the Fulton area and scholarships to FHS graduates. It is a component fund of the Quad Cities Community Foundation and falls within the Fulton Association for Community Enrichment’s (FACE’s) “family of funds.”

The D.S. Flikkema Foundation Fund is an endowment, managed to assure that grants and scholarships will be able to be provided indefinitely. Each year the foundation is permitted to make annual grants using a predetermined distribution amount from the endowed funds.

In 2008, the Fulton Kiwanis Club was the first recipient of a $1,000 grant. Since then, many organizations have applied for and received grants. Some of these organizations include Harbor Crest Home, Schmaling Memorial Library, Friends of the Windmill, River Bend Schools, Fulton Historical Society, Fulton Fire Protection District, Unity Christian School, Fulton/Thomson Food Pantry, Early American Crafters, Fulton Boy Scouts, and others.

This fund exists because one person, D.S. Flikkema, cherished the values of his parents and the small town upbringing he received and chose to give back to his hometown. It was the hope of D.S. Flikkema that the funds from this endowment would inspire others because someone they didn’t even know cared and planned.

D.S. was the son of David and Lida Flikkema of Fulton, Illinois. An inquisitive mind and a thirst for knowledge led him to excel in school. At Central College, in Pella, he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He went on to earn his Ph. D in Chemistry and Physics. During World War II, he was a researcher for the government. After the war, he was a professor of chemistry at Iowa State University. D.S. Flikkema finished his career at Argonne National Laboratory, where he did research. Science, however, was not his only passion. He loved classical music and the literary works of the great thinkers. D.S. read a variety of magazines which kept him abreast of world affairs – both political and financial.

For more information about the D.S. Flikkema Foundation or about how one can plan to leave a gift, large or small, for the betterment of Fulton, contact the Quad Cities Community Foundation at (563) 326-2840 or email to facecf@qccommunityfoundation.org.