Grants of up to $35,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations to benefit residents in eligible communities. Focus areas include quality of life, education, health, economic well-being, capital improvements, conservation, heritage, recreation, and tourism. Funding is intended to serve Jones County residents.
JCCF Funding Priorities:
Improve economic well-being or quality of life
Encourage community responsibility for solving community problems
Develop leadership opportunities
Benefit the community’s low- and moderate-income population
Ensure equal opportunity in housing, services, and economic opportunity
Build capacity for non-profits and civic organizations
Reduce food insecurity, homelessness or inadequate housing
Improve educational opportunities
Increase literacy and basic skills development
Address the needs of students most at-risk for non-enrollment, truancy or dropping out
Support educators and staff through development, promote recruitment and retention
Promote inclusiveness and diversity *A special emphasis will be placed on proposals that address Grade Level Reading proficiency
Address community capital improvements
Construction, repair, renovation or other capital improvements to buildings and structures that serve and support the general populace
Capital projects that generally lack adequate government funding, including but not limited to libraries, emergency services and recreation
Capital projects supporting not for profits providing services that meet other priorities listed here
Maintain or improving the health of Jones County residents
Social service projects that benefit health and well-being, especially those that are most at risk or underserved
Develop long term solutions to problems, addresses cause, not symptoms
Promote self-sufficiency, independence especially for elderly and disabled
Improve access and capacity of health care services
Promote Jones County tourism and recreation
Preserve, develop, and expand attractions and events unique to Jones County
Promote creation of public and performing arts and cultural attractions
Enhance awareness of Jones County destinations & events
Support recreational facilities, parks, trails and playgrounds
Maintain Jones County heritage
Preserve the history of Jones County
Increase access to significant resources highlighting the history and culture of Jones County, especially frequently overlooked or underrepresented cultures and ethnicities
Support and encourage lifelong learning experiences
Support conservation efforts
Encourage responsible stewardship and conservation of our natural resources
Encourage preservation and protection of critical habitat
Promote the recreational use of public areas as deemed appropriate
Organizations need to have 501(c)3 status or partner with a fiscal sponsor in order to apply.
To be eligible for funding, an organization/program must:
• Provide services within Jones County
• Be a Nonprofit 501(c)3, public institution, and/or charitable organization. For organizations without nonprofit status, partnering with a fiscal sponsor organization will be required; if you need clarification on fiscal sponsorship, please contact Doug Edel.
• Operate in a manner that no applicable anti-discrimination laws are violated.
• Inherently religious activities such as religious worship, instruction, or proselytization or activities that promote specific religious doctrine
• Organization’s recurring operating expenses (i.e., staffing, building rent)
• Multi-year funding requests
- Application for grants must be submitted before October 16th, 2023, at Midnight.
- Grants will be awarded late in November 2023 and presented at a celebration on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
Matching Grant Requirements: A minimum hard cash match of 25% of the amount requested is required. In-kind matches will not be considered.
Each entity is allowed to request funding once per calendar year and cannot receive funding in consecutive years.
Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum grant request amount that will be considered is $35,000.00.
Term of Contract
All projects must be initiated and completed within one year of the grant award.