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Clay County Community Foundation Grants

Grants to Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies
to Improve the Quality of Life in Clay County

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Clay County Community Foundation (CCCF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

01/15/20 Emailed or Postmarked by Midnight


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Grants to Clay County, Iowa nonprofit organizations and local government entities for projects that improve the quality of life. Applicants requesting large grants must submit a Letter of Intent before applying. Funds are intended for new projects or for the enhancement or expansion of existing services, programs, or facilities.

Clay County Community Foundation funds can be used for broad, flexible purposes, including: assisting arts and culture, economic development, education, environment, health and human services, recreation areas, and supporting high-impact community opportunities.  

Prioritized Needs:

  • Economic Development/Quality Job Creation – Focus is on innovative non-traditional economic development activities, i.e., youth entrepreneurial development programs, artist entrepreneurship programs, micro-enterprise lending programs, etc., and creation of new jobs or expansion of existing jobs.
  • Activities (Cultural, Recreational, Social and Educational) – Special emphasis is placed on activities that bring people together throughout the county, and that bring people to the county.
  • Parks and Outdoor Recreation Facilities – This includes trails, campgrounds, and other recreational facilities.
  • Utilize and Support Existing Organizations, Resources, Services and Facilities that Contribute to Quality of Life – Includes projects to more effectively market or make services and programs more fully available to people, whether through better marketing or through efforts to accommodate employed parents' schedules, or the scheduling preferences or requirements of senior citizens, youth, individuals with special needs, etc.
  • Health and Human Services – This includes projects offering mental health, medical, or dental services and those providing other assistance resources to the community or efforts to help residents find those resources.

For Types of Grants (Simple, Standard, and Impact), and complete Guidelines and Instructions, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 135944

Estimated Size of Grant:

Simple Grant: Applicants seeking amounts under $3,000; Standard Grants: Applicants seeking amounts ranging from $3,000 to $10,000; Impact Grants: Applicants seeking amounts ranging from $10,001 to $25,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible CCCF Simple, Standard, or Impact Grant applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or units of local government. If neither of these applies, applicant may utilize an eligible Fiscal Sponsor.

Generally, CCCF will not consider grants for religious purposes, political activities, endowment, annual fund drives, individuals, capital campaigns, budget deficit, or general operating expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Impact Grant Letter of Intent
Midnight, November 15, 2019.

Deadline: Simple, Standard, and Impact Grant Applications:
Both emailed and postmarked Grant Application copies must be submitted by Midnight, January 15, 2020.

Impact Grant applicants may be required to attend an interview with the CCCF Board of Directors during the review process. Notification of approval to move forward will be received in early December. If selected as a finalist for an Impact Grant, applicants must complete the Community Betterment/Impact Grant Application Form. Applicants may not apply for a standard Community Betterment Grant at the same time they are being considered for an Impact Grant. If not approved to move forward with the Impact Grant, applicant may then submit an application for a standard Community Betterment Grant during the current grant cycle.

Contact Information:

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

Email Application Forms to:

Also submit by mail one (1) paper copy of the completed Application Form and all supporting documentation to:

CCCF Administrative Office
c/o Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
1915 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309

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