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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits in Eligible Counties
for Capacity Building Programs

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Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

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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 leadership development, organizational planning, diversity training, network development, communications, evaluations, and security. Activities should benefit organizations serving Clayton, Clinton, and Dubuque counties.

CIG 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 awards up to $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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A nonprofit organization must have a current tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Community projects that do not have tax exempt status may not apply.

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.

All applicants should be able to show how their program improves the lives of those living in Northeast Iowa.

Ineligible for Grants
- Individuals
- 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

Pre-Application Information:

Community Impact Grant Timeline:
- Thursday, July 1st to Wednesday, July 21st – letters of interest accepted online
- By Monday, August 2nd – 7 organizations will be invited to pitch a proposal to the Community Leadership & Grantmaking Committee; remaining organizations will be notified of their status
- August-September – organizations will work with CFGD staff and the Innovation Lab to refine their pitches
- Tuesday, September 28th at 3-4:15 PM – organizations will pitch their proposals to the Committee
- Tuesday, October 5th – the Committee will present grants to the Board of Directors for approval
- Wednesday, October 6th – grantees will be notified of their award. Grantees are required to sign an agreement before funds are distributed which clarifies legal parameters for use of the grant

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 Angie Wille at or call 563.588.2700.

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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