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Buena Vista County Community Foundation Grant

Grants to Iowa Nonprofits, Agencies, and
School Districts for Capital Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

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Buena Vista County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/30/20 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and school districts in eligible regions for capital projects that will benefit local communities. Funding is generally awarded for projects that align with one of the following areas of focus: recreation; youth education and development; the environment; arts and cultural awareness; health and human services; and community betterment. Eligible projects will benefit Buena Vista County residents.

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 is funded.  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 funding the type allows for funding of great projects that have larger costs but greater benefits.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 135928

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Small Grants - Grants may not exceed $2,000.
-Medium Grants - Grants may not exceed $5,000.
-Large Grants - Grant size is unlimited in award amount.

Term of Contract:

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.

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.

Operational projects, those projects that require additional funding to sustain the operation, program, or benefit are not eligible for award. Also included in operational funding is any kind of training costs associated with a capital purchase. While the foundation would be favorable toward funding a capital investment or improvement project they will not fund training associated with the capital investment.

Pre-Application Information:

-The new deadline for the submittal of applications will be June 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.
-Applications already submitted will be held and included during the review of applications which will take place in July 2020.
-Please note that there will not be a Fall 2020 grant cycle, the only grant cycle for 2020 will be this opportunity with the deadline for applications on June 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m
-A review of applications will take place in early to mid-July with award notification at the end of July.

-There will NOT be a fall grant cycle in 2020. The next opportunity to apply for funding after this will be in 2021 potentially in March or April; however, it will depend on available funds.

Matching Grant Information:
-Small Grants - Require no matching funds but matching funds always help.
-Medium Grants - Require a minimum of 1 to 1 matching funds (can also be in-kind services) to the grant funding.
-Large Grants - This grant type requires a 1 to 1 cash match. BVCCF reserves the right to spread any Large Grant award amount out over multiple funding cycles, pending available funds.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submittal of grants will be by US Mail only to:

Buena Vista County Community Foundation
PO Box 771
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
Phone: 201-862-8223

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Buena Vista County

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