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Jones County Community Foundation (JCCF) Grant


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Funding Source
Jones County Community Foundation (JCCF)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa: Jones County

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/16/23 Midnight Save

Grant Description
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


Additional Eligibility Criteria
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.

Not Funded:
• 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

Pre-Application Information
- 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.

Contact Information
Apply online:

To learn more, contact Doug Edel at or 319-481-9182.

Gretchen Corcoran
Grants Manager

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
Roshek Building Suite 195
700 Locust Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

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