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Allamakee County Community Foundation Grants

Grants to Iowa Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies for Programs in
Arts, Education, Human Services, and Health in Allamakee County

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Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque - Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF)

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Grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 to Allamakee County, Iowa nonprofit organizations, agencies, and schools for programs that address the needs of the local community. Funding is specifically intended for projects in the areas of the arts, environment, health, education, human services, community development, and children, youth, and families.

The Foundation welcomes proposals for projects that benefit a broad spectrum of the community or a chronically underserved segment of the population. The Foundation seeks projects that:
-Address significant community issues
-Present innovative, creative, and practical proposals which build on community strengths
-Present clear work plans which show the ability to achieve the project’s goal
-Focus on strategic innovations that encourage cooperation, create efficiencies and reduce duplication of services
-Develop the leadership potential of the community
-Involve the people served in the planning and implementation of the program
-Demonstrate quality, vision, effectiveness, collaboration and good management;
-Provide a plan for sustainability beyond the funding period

Areas of Funding:

1. Health and Human Services: Encompasses social service projects that benefit the underserved segments of the community. For example, issues of homelessness, health care, hunger, poverty, and the elderly.
-Empower the underserved to seek solutions
-Promote self-sufficiency
-Programs that focus on long-term approaches to issues
-Provide independence to the elderly and/or to persons with disabilities
-Improve access to health care
-Strengthen the capacity of human service organizations to serve their constituencies

2. Education: Encompass community education projects that serve all age groups and segments of the population.
-Increase literacy and basic skills development
-Develop efforts that address the needs of students who are most at-risk for dropping out of school or not enrolled
-Promote inclusiveness and diversity
-Provide creative approaches to improvement of the educational system.

3. Neighborhoods and Community Development: Programs that address community and neighborhood development, both social and economic.
-Encourage community responsibility for solving community problems
-Develop leadership opportunities for youth, minorities and the economically disadvantaged
-Benefit the community’s low-and moderate-income population
-Ensure equal-opportunity in housing, services, and economic opportunity
-Build capacity for non-profits and neighborhood organizations

4. Environment: Programs that address natural resources and environment.
-Enhance awareness of regional environmental issues
-Encourage responsible stewardship and conservation of natural resources

5. Children, Youth and Families: Programs that enhance the quality of life for children and youth through opportunities to enhance their intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development.
-Support models that encourage an alliance of shared responsibility and coordination of resources among schools, parents and community-based organizations.
-Enhance life options of youth through such means as improved basic skills and development of work, life management, and leadership development skills; and reduction of risk-taking behaviors.
-Support efforts to enhance parental understanding of strategies they can use to improve the educational attainment of their children.

6. Arts and Culture: Programs that increase access to and awareness of arts and culture.
-Encourage participation and heighten awareness in the arts and culture among underserved populations.
-Increase public exposure to and appreciation of different ethnic and cultural art forms.
-Support efforts that encourage life-long learning experiences.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166197

Estimated Size of Grant:

The ACCF Board considers requests from $500 to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The grants are for one year. The ACCF will not fund recurring, annual projects. Individual components of these projects may be considered if the applicant can demonstrate how the funding will contribute to the project’s long-term sustainability.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, an organization or program must:

-Provide services within Allamakee County.
-Be operated and organized in compliance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination.
-Be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, not-for-profit agency or affiliated with such agency such as schools, city or county government.
-Organizations that do not have 501(c)3 status are encouraged to find a qualifying agency to sponsor them. A Fiscal Sponsorship Form must be attached to the application.
-Organizations must provide a letter of cash match intent from their Board of Directors. Funds for grant recipients will not be given until proof of cash match has been made.
-To be eligible, non-501(c)3 organizations should have a board, officers, director or other decision-making body.

Examples of organizations and sponsors:
-Elementary School sponsored by School Board
-Park and Rec Board sponsored by City Council
-Law Enforcement sponsored by City/County Allamakee Board

School districts may apply for each building with sponsorship from the district school board:
-Postville Elementary, Middle & High School (3)
-Eastern Allamakee: Elementary, Middle and High School (3)
-Allamakee: West, East, Waterville, Jr. High, Sr. High. (5)
-St. Patrick’s School (1)

In general, grants are not made for the following:
-Programs or events outside of Allamakee County
-Ongoing project support and operating support
-Annual and capital campaigns
-Budget deficit
-Recurring funds
-Religious purposes (this does not exclude grants to religious organizations for non-religious purposes)
-Mass solicitations
-Individual requests for personal assistance or sponsorship
-Political, labor, religious, fraternal or service organizations
-Organizations that discriminate on the basis of sex, creed, national origin or religion
-Major events sponsored by other businesses

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due: February 1
Awards Announced: April 30

Written notification of funding decisions will be mailed to all applicants.

ACCF should not be the only source of funding. Every applicant needs a 25% cash (NOT IN-KIND) match; that is a dollar for dollar match to the grant request. Additional cash or in-kind donations will be considered stronger applications. Organizations must provide a letter of cash match intent from their Board of Directors. Funds for grant recipients will not be given until proof of cash match has been made.

ACCF considers one funding request per organization each calendar year.

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Contact Information:

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

Online application:

For more information on grant eligibility, contact the ACCF at or 563-586-2046.

For questions about grant applications, please contact Katie Decker at or call 563.588.2700.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Allamakee County