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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational Organizations for Capital Projects that Benefit Local Residents

Buena Vista County Community Foundation Grant


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Funding Source
Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Buena Vista County Community Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa: Buena Vista County

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/16/23 4:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational organizations for capital projects that benefit residents in eligible locations. Funding is intended for a broad range of activities to help improve the local community. Eligible projects must benefit residents of and visitors to Buena Vista County.

The Foundation only funds long-term impact projects which are capital projects in their nature. The project does not need to be brick and motor but should be something that will have a lasting impact for several years after completion.

Grants will generally fit into one of the following categories:

  • Youth Education/Development
  • Arts and Cultural Awareness
  • Environmental
  • Health & Human Services
  • Recreation
  • Community Betterment

Currently, the Foundation has three Grant Types for their funding cycles. These types are as follows:

  • Small Grants: Designed to be an entry level grant that provides for the achievement of smaller projects or for smaller organizations with limited resources. 
  • Medium Grants: These grants are by far the largest percentage of what the Foundation funds. The Medium Grants increase the award levels from the Small Grants and add some additional requirements. 
  • Large Grants: Designed specifically to be harder to achieve, this type allows for funding of great projects that have larger costs but greater benefits. 

Grant funds can be used to enhance services already offered through a capital-type investment.

Historical restoration of historically significant structures are eligible projects.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants are only awarded to verified not-for-profit organizations with a valid 501.C.3 tax-exempt certification or local forms of government including cities, counties, and school districts.

Applicants who do not meet the 501.C.3 status required for funding or are not a City, County, or School District can still apply using a fiscal sponsor who does meet that requirement.

The organization making the application must be able to sustain its operations without grant funds.

The Foundation does not fund operational projects, operational budgets, training expenses, or staffing expenses. Generally, they are not interested in funding consumable items such as supplies, materials for projects, and disposal items.

The Foundation also does not fund maintenance projects or projects that repair or replace existing facilities or equipment. Examples include new roofs, replacement of appliances, and repairs to damaged facilities.

Operational expenses include:
- Training
- Software
- Supplies (including brochures)
- Scholarships
- Programming Expenses
- Community Events
- Projects that don’t have an expected life of at least 18 months are also considered operational and are not eligible for funding.

Pre-Application Information
Applications due: Thursday, November 16, 2023, AT 4:00 P.M.

- Small Grants: No matching funds required but it is always good to show that the organization supports the project by providing some resources to the effort.
- Medium Grants: A $1 for $1 match is required but the match can be either cash or in-kind donations or services.
- Large Grants: Required $1 for $1 cash match. Example: An award for $10,000 would have to be matched with cash from the grantee of $10,000 or another non-county foundation source.

Applicants are eligible to be awarded one grant application per 12-month time period unless they have not yet completed their prior project in which case they are not eligible until that project is completed.

The Foundation will entertain and respond to questions from applicants by email or through Facebook messaging application up to the week prior to the grant submittal date.

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Estimated Size of Grant
- Small Grants: Limited to a maximum award of $2,000 (can be less)
- Medium Grants: Limited to a maximum award of $5,000 (can be less).
- Large Grants: Unlimited in terms of dollars. However, the Foundation only has limited funds available to grant out to organization, thus the Foundation reserves the right to cap funding and/or provide funding over an extended period of time.

Term of Contract
The Foundation's intent is that projects will be completed within the following 12 months; however, the Foundation understands that from time to time projects run into challenges that require an extended period of time to complete. In these cases, the grantee should request an extension prior to the end of the initial 12-month period.

Contact Information
Applications can be mailed to the Foundation at PO Box 771, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588, or dropped off at Storm Lake United (119 W. 6th Street, Storm Lake, Iowa) in a locked drop box in the main lobby.

Phone: (201) 862-8223
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