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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions for Capacity Building Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Deadline Date:

02/17/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $6,000 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 leadership development, organizational planning, diversity training, network development, communications, evaluations, and security. Activities should benefit organizations serving Clayton, Clinton, and Dubuque counties.

CIG grant projects can focus on a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Individual and team leadership: Leadership development, management training, executive coaching, executive search/succession planning, organizational resilience, and board development.
  • Organization-wide planning and development: Organizational assessment, strategic planning, business planning, fund development planning, capital campaign planning, HR and performance management systems, financial and budget systems development, gaining a deeper understanding of the financial situation and cost structure of the organization
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion: Assessment, planning, training, or other capacity- building focused on increasing stakeholder diversity, centering equity within organizations, and creating more inclusive policies and practices
  • Network development: Network strategic planning, governance, and peer learning communities
  • Communications: Strategic communications planning, crisis communications planning, marketing and brand strategy
  • Evaluation and learning planning: Organization-wide evaluation and learning planning, comprised of projects that develop a learning culture or system; include stakeholder voices, and institute feedback loops.
  • Digital and physical security: Projects that plan for systems and processes to increase organizational security in the face of threats

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166054

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Community Foundation will make capacity building grants to organizations with a maximum grant amount of $6,000.

Term of Contract:

If awarded, grantees are required to submit a final report at the end of their project but before March 31st, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must be located in and serve one of the eligible counties and fulfill one of the following requirements: hold an endowment fund with CFGD or one of its affiliates or be partnering on one of the foundation's initiatives (Inclusive Dubuque, Every Child Reads, Project HOPE, Brain Health, DCAN, Heart and Soul) to be eligible for the Community Impact Grants.

The following are generally not considered CIG projects:
- Recurring staff training expenses
- Projects that focus on one programmatic area of the organization

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Available: January 1
- Proposals may be submitted online from Wednesday, January 1st to Monday, February 17th at 11:59 p.m.
- Awards Announced: April 8

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

For questions about grant applications, please contact:
Katie Decker

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

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USA: Iowa: Clayton, Clinton, and Dubuque counties

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