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Keokuk Area Community Foundation (KACF) Grant

Grants to Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools for Education, Health, Human Services, and Arts and Culture

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Keokuk Area Community Foundation (KACF)

Deadline Date:

09/07/18 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri nonprofit organizations and government agencies to benefit eligible regions and to improve the local quality of life. Funding is intended for the areas of health care, human services, education, arts and culture, and community betterment. Eligible regions include Lee County, Iowa; Hancock County, Illinois; and Clark County, Missouri.

Successful grant applications typically address problems to be solved or opportunities to be seized in the Tri-State Area.

The Foundation gives special emphasis to creative grant proposals that serve a broad sector of the community, are innovative, new and offer the greatest opportunities for positive and significant change.

Types of Projects That Are Given Priority Funding:

- Seed Grants to initiate promising new projects and programs so that those projects and programs are able to demonstrate their usefulness to the community.
- Projects that will enable nonprofit and charitable agencies to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and move toward self-sufficiency.
- Projects that address and help resolve important existing or emerging community issues and needs.
- Projects that facilitate cooperation and collaboration among organizations and communities in the area.
- Projects that identify, enhance, and expand leadership in the community through the support of charitable activities that empower individuals.
- Capital expenditures, such as construction, remodeling additions to existing buildings, and equipment purchases.
- Projects for which other grants have been approved but require matching funds for completion.

Community building is central to the work of The Keokuk Area Community Foundation. Therefore KACF will give preference to projects that:

-Suggest practical approaches to community problems.
-Generate community support, both professional and volunteer.
-Demonstrate the organization’s ability to secure realistic funding.
-Strengthen a nonprofit organization's effectiveness or stability.
-Increase civic participation and community vitality.
-Build community connections, especially among diverse groups, and build mutual trust and reciprocity in community relationships.
-Develop an expanding pool of talented community leaders.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156352

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for 2018. Extraordinary amounts may be given if an exceptional need is seen by the Foundation.

Term of Contract:

Grants are for a period of one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Keokuk Area Community Foundation only awards grants to 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organizations and qualified exempt government agencies in Lee County Iowa, Hancock County Illinois, or Clark County Missouri.

The Keokuk Area Community Foundation welcomes applications for grants from nonprofit organizations, charities, health care organizations, and educational institutions.

Recurring grants for the same program are accepted. No grants will be given for programs, projects or purchases that were completed prior to grant funds being awarded.

The Keokuk Area Community Foundation will not provide grant funds for purposes that do not directly advance the applicant organization's charitable purposes, including:

- Endowment or scholarship funds.
- Annual fund drives or annual giving campaigns-to reduce or erase a budget deficit or any form of a debt reduction campaign.
- Grants for political campaigns or organizations that directly or indirectly participate in a State, Local or National campaigns for any political party or cause.
- Requests to establish or maintain scholarship funds.
- Requests for specific sectarian religious purposes (however, requests from religious organizations will be considered for general community and humanitarian programs).
- Grants to individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

2018 KACF Grant Fund Applications and accompanying materials are accepted from June 1, 2018, to September 7, 2018, and are due on or before September 7, 2018. KACF only accepts mailed grant applications and does not accept emailed grant applications. All 2018 KACF General Fund Grant Applications will be processed in the Fall of 2018. All 2018 KACF Grant Recipients will initially be notified by November 2018. If awarded a grant, the organization will receive funding in December.

The Keokuk Area Community Foundation Grant Application and all supporting documents MUST be postmarked by the deadline of the grant application. The Foundation only accepts mailed applications and does not have a drop off location.

Only one project per organization will be considered.

Under certain circumstances, applicants should be prepared for a site visit of their agency at the mutual convenience of the applicant and the Keokuk Area Community Foundation Grants Committee. In addition, the Grants Committee and the Keokuk Area Community Foundation Board retain the option of holding an application open in order to request further information from the applying organization.

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Contact Information:

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

Philip Ricketts, Grants Manager

Keokuk Area Community Foundation
P.O. Box 367
Keokuk, Iowa 52632

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Hancock County;   Iowa: Lee County;   Missouri: Clark County