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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies to
Improve the Quality of Life in Eligible Regions

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Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA) - Buchanan County Community Foundation (BCCF)

Deadline Date:

04/01/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations and government entities to improve the local quality of life in eligible regions. Focus areas include art and culture, health, human service, education and youth development, environment and animal welfare, and community betterment. Projects should benefit Buchanan County. The Foundation wants to help develop communities that people want to live in, as well as to benefit rural areas of the county.

Funding Priorities:

  • High priority is given to volunteer projects and/or those that have matching funds from other sources.
  • Project description and community impact will be given significant consideration.
  • The BCCF supports specific projects that are new to the applicant and enhance the work of nonprofit groups. Requests should not be for general budget items, i.e. requests for equipment to be used in a vehicle (specific project) versus requests for replacement of vehicle (budget item).
  • Capacity building requests that include general operations support will be considered. Capacity building rationale must be included in the application for this type of request.
  • Low priority will be given to projects that cannot show sustainability without additional long-term financial support from the BCCF.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140157

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The minimum request is $1,000; maximum request is $20,000.
- Please bear in mind that BCCF may decide to fund only a portion of the requested amount.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must provide benefits to the people of the Buchanan County and must meet the following criteria in order to apply for a grant:
- Be classified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or be a government entity. Tax-exempt organizations classified as other than 501(c)(3) are also eligible if and only if the project is deemed charitable; please contact staff to discuss the project’s eligibility prior to submitting a proposal.
- Be current with all state and federal reporting requirements, such as filing of 990 forms.
- Must not have any past due grant reports for previous Buchanan Community Foundation grants.

For groups, projects, or initiatives that do not meet the above eligibility requirements, the Community Foundation will consider your requests if submitted through a fiscal sponsor. Fiscal sponsors must be classified as a 501(c)(3) or a government entity. The Foundation prefers that the fiscal sponsor’s mission closely align with the sponsored project. Fiscal Sponsors will be legally and financially responsible for any grant funds that are awarded by the Buchanan County Community Foundation.

Organizations with offices outside of the county should show how the project will benefit county residents.

One application per organization with the exemption of Government Entities and Fiscal Sponsors; however, fiscal sponsors may submit only one application per sponsored organization. Government entities may submit only one application per department. Schools are considered government entities for grant purposes.

The following organizations are eligible for specific projects only:
- Churches – for projects that provide community services/activities
- Economic development organizations - for marketing/education projects that benefits the whole
community, not just member businesses
- Service clubs and veterans’ organization - for charitable community projects

The BCCF will not support requests for the following:
- General fundraising activities
- Debt repayment
- Funds that will be re-granted by the applicant
- Project expenses incurred prior to grant notifications

The BCCF generally does not support general operation costs such as salaries, mileage, etc.

Inherently religious activities such as religious worship, instruction, or proselytization or activities that promote specific religious doctrine are not eligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Workshop 2021:
Applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop to ask questions during a panel discussion to further explain the grant process and guidelines. The workshop will be virtual; watch the Buchanan County Community Foundation Facebook page for more information or contact Pete Gaumer for more information about the workshops.

Pre-Application Information:

- Open: February 1
- The grant application deadline is 11:59pm on April 1, 2021.
- All applicants will be notified of the results of the grant process in mid-June 2021.
- Grant awards will be presented in late June-mid July pending COVID restrictions.
- Grant awards presentation information is pending COVID19 restrictions. More details will be provided in notification letters.
- Grant reports, for successful proposals, are due July 31, 2022.

It is suggested that applicants, in particular first-time applicants, contact Program Manager Dotti Thompson to explore the appropriateness of requests and for any further guidance.

Grant Seeker Resources:

Contact Information:

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

Grant Management Login:

Pete Gaumer

Direct questions to:
Terry Gaumer
Affiliate Development Director
Email contact form:

Dotti Thompson
Program Manager

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
3117 Greenhill Circle
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

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