Grants of up to $15,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for capacity-building programs. Funding is intended for a broad range of topics, including but not limited to education, equity, and economic opportunity. Eligible applicants are located in the following counties: Clayton, Clinton, and Dubuque.
All applicants should be able to show how their program improves the lives of those living in Northeast Iowa. Qualified applicants could also include:
Programs and projects in economic opportunity, education, and equity that serve a broad sector of the community, are innovative, and are responsive to changing community needs
Programs and projects that will enable nonprofits to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and move toward self-sufficiency
“Seed Grants” to initiate promising new projects and programs so that such projects and programs are able to demonstrate their usefulness to the community
Programs and projects that address and help resolve important existing or emerging community issues
Programs and projects that facilitate cooperation and collaboration among organizations
A nonprofit organization must have a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.
The Community Foundation considers grant applications only from nonprofit organizations in Clayton, Clinton, and Dubuque counties. Proposals from nonprofit organizations outside of the three-county area may apply ONLY if the proposed project benefits Clayton, Clinton, and Dubuque counties exclusively. Projects that have already identified key partners, venues, or other means to deliver services before applying for the grant are preferable.
Community projects that do not have tax exempt status may not apply.
Ineligible for Grants
• Lobbying activities
• Debt retirement or budget deficits
• Tuition, scholarships or core operating expenses for public schools, charter schools, private schools, or universities and colleges
• Annual campaigns, fundraising campaigns or events
• Religious organizations for religious purposes
• Political activities
• Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions
• Grants that are solely focused on capital improvements
Community Impact Grant Timeline:
• Tuesday, May 30 to Friday, June 30 – intent to apply forms accepted online
• Monday, July 17 – finalist organizations will be invited to pitch a proposal to our Community Leadership & Grantmaking Committee; remaining organizations will be notified of their status
• Monday, July 10-Friday, September 1– organizations will:
- Develop 90 second video about their organization (videos will not be judged on video quality, but rather on the ability to convey their organizational mission and message)
- Have the option to schedule up to two sessions with Community Foundation staff on project and pitch coaching
- Will complete a more detailed application with budget and submit online
• Tuesday, September 19 at 3-4:15 PM – organizations will pitch their proposals to the Committee
• Tuesday, October 10 – the Committee will present grants to the Board of Directors for approval
• Monday, October 16 – grantees will be notified of their award
Estimated Size of Grant
The Community Foundation will make awards between $3,500-$15,000.
Term of Contract
In order to provide the greatest immediate impact and to respond to current needs, multi-year requests are not accepted.