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Grants to Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Nonprofits for
Endowments for Arts, Conservation, and Disaster Relief

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Gilchrist Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/29/18 5:00 PM CDT Receipt


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Grants to Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota nonprofit organizations working in the areas of wildlife, conservation, arts, public broadcasting, or disaster relief to build organizational endowments. The Foundation has a preference for organizations in the Sioux City area. Applicants must request an invitation to apply prior to submitting a full application.

The mission of the Gilchrist Foundation is to carry out the philanthropy established by the Gilchrist family. The emphasis is on fostering the long-term viability of the charity and enabling special projects rather than supplying short-term operating funds. The Foundation provides incentives and funds to pre-selected nonprofit organizations, with a preference for the Sioux City area. Interests considered for funding include Wildlife & Conservation, Arts & Public Broadcasting, and Disaster Relief.


The goal of an endowment grant is to promote viable endowments, with healthy board participation. The Gilchrist Foundation strives to be a significant contributor to the endowment, without becoming the main supporter of the endowment. Challenges which offer Foundation funds as matches to other funds receive preference.

Over the years, the Gilchrist Foundation has made about 55% of its total grants to endowment and capital campaigns. The Foundation also has a pattern of awarding about 45% of its total grants to the Arts, including not only the fine arts, but also cultural and historical groups

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156855

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation provides incentives and funds to pre-selected nonprofit organizations, with a preference for the Sioux City area.

Applications must provide a copy of their organization's IRS determination of tax-exempt status.

Pre-Application Information:

Any entity wishing to apply for funding from the Foundation will need to first request an invitation to apply. You have the opportunity to request an invitation one of two ways: request online or via mail.

Upon approval of your request for invitation to apply for funding, you will be sent a URL link where you can download, complete, and submit your Endowment Application.

Applications are due Friday, June 29, 2018, 5:00 PM CDT. Notification of decision anticipated July 20, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Request for Invite:

Security National Bank
601 Pierce St.
Sioux City, IA 51101

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Sioux City area;   Nebraska;   South Dakota