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Audubon County Community Foundation (ACCF) Grant

Grants to Audubon County, Iowa Nonprofits for Civic,
Cultural, Health, Education, and Social Service Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa - Audubon County Community Foundation (ACCF)

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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life in Audobon County by offering projects that address unmet needs in the areas of civic, cultural, health, education, and social services. These grants are intended to fund projects that will have a permanent impression on, and in, the county that people can take advantage of for many years.

Successful applications will include the following components:

- Respond to a demonstrated or emerging community need.
- Support effective, proven or promising solutions.
- Build upon and maximize other community resources.
- Offer a clear plan for financial sustainability.
- Part of the criteria for successful applications is the completeness, consciousness, and quality of the application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146290

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Term of Contract:

The Audubon County Community Foundation grant dollars are awarded for a single year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only Federally recognized and certified 501(c)(3) Public Charity organizations that serve the specified County are eligible. An Iowa nonprofit status is insufficient—the organization must be Federally certified as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. In addition, the organization’s governing board must approve all applications prior to submission.

Concerning the use of a Fiscal Sponsor:

- For this grant process the applicant may use a Fiscal Sponsor (a nonprofit holding a 501(c)(3) letter) if the applicant's organization is not a 501(c)(3) Public Charity organization the applicant must find another nonprofit that is willing to act on the organization’s behalf as the fiscal Sponsor.
- A Fiscal Sponsor is a nonprofit organization that has received an IRS letter of determination that they are a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, or a governmental entity such as a City or County Board of Supervisors.
- If this grant request is awarded, the check would be mailed directly to the applicant but it would be made out to the Fiscal Sponsor. The Fiscal Sponsor is the nonprofit that is accepting responsibility for the distribution of the funds as described in the grant application.

Note: Public Libraries, Fire Departments, County Extension, County Conservation, Fair Boards, etc. are among those that require a Fiscal Sponsor. In these cases, the City or the County Board of Supervisors may be used as a fiscal sponsor.


- The County Community Foundation, except under unusual circumstances, does not make grants for endowment campaigns, deficit financing, annual fund drives, or fundraising activities.
- The County Community Foundation does not fund training fees or operational expenses.
- The County Community Foundation does not make grants for “consumables” such as salaries, food, gift/promotional items (i.e., T-shirts, contest prizes). The County Community Foundation also does not make grants for band uniforms or Christmas decorations.
- The County Community Foundation gives less consideration to applications from tax supported organizations, individual churches, or similar religious groups.
- The County Community Foundation will not consider applications from cemetery associations, veteran and labor organizations, social clubs, or fraternal organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

The Audubon County Community Foundation Spring 2018 Grant Program is now open for applications.

Spring Grant Proposal schedule:
- Deadline: February 1
- Applicant notification: Early April

Fall Grant Proposal schedule:
- Deadline: September 1
- Applicant notification: Late October

Since the applications are submitted online only, there is no extension for weekends or holidays.

Applicants must download and read the Fact Sheet before accessing the application form. Incomplete or inaccurate applications will not be considered.

Only one proposal per agency will be accepted unless the agency is acting as a fiscal sponsor for another organization and the funder has approved additional applications. Do not send additional materials.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Dennis N. Nissen, Iowa Foundations Director
Phone: 402-342-3458

Denise Cardos, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 402-342-3458

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Audubon County