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Buchanan County Grant


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Funding Source
Buchanan County Community Foundation (BCCF)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa: Buchanan County

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/15/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations, schools, and government entities to improve the local quality of life in eligible regions. Focus areas include arts and culture, health, human services, 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 or have sought 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.
  • Low priority will be given to projects that cannot show sustainability without additional long-term financial support from the BCCF


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 the office 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.
- Schools are considered government entities for grant purposes.

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.

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.

For ineligible applicants and projects, see

Pre-Application Information
- Open: March 1
- Technical assistance will be available to applicants until 5:00pm on April 14, 2023
- Application Due: April 15 at 5:00 PM
- All applicants will be notified of the results of the grant process in mid-June 2023.
- Grant awards will be presented in July 2023.
- Grant reports, for successful proposals, are due July 31, 2024.

It is suggested that first-time applicants contact the program manager to explore the appropriateness of requests and for any further guidance.

One application per organization with the exemption of Government Entities and Fiscal Sponsors.

Grant Seeker Resources:

Estimated Size of Grant
The minimum request is $1,000; maximum request is $20,000.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Contact Dotti Thompson, Program Manager, at (319-243-1358 or with specific questions on eligibility or the general grant process.

Terry Gaumer, Affiliate Development Director
Phone: 319-243-1354
Email contact form:

Shanda Hansen
Director of Affiliate Impact
Email contact form:

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

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