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Grants to Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools for Programs that Benefit Residents in Eligible Regions

Core Grants


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Geographic Focus
USA: Illinois: Jo Daviess CountyIowa: Dubuque, Clayton, Delaware, Jones, and Jackson CountiesWisconsin: Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/19/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, government agencies, churches, volunteer fire departments, and schools for projects that benefit residents in eligible counties. Priority will be given to projects offering material purchases alongside capacity-building opportunities. The DRA’s geographic focus is the tri-state area. The primary focus is Dubuque and contiguous counties, including Grant, Lafayette and Iowa counites in Wisconsin and Jo Daviess county in Illinois.

Capacity building is the process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, processes, and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in a fast-changing world. Through the grant cycle, coaching opportunities will be provided by the DRA and community partners.

Applications should tie to the mission of People Attraction: Population Growth, Retention, and Tourism: This aligns with the DRA’s mission of providing social, economic, and community betterment and lessening the burden of Dubuque city and area government, as well as their vision of being a dynamic community resource, acting as a catalyst to enhance the quality of life and financial well-being of the tri-state community. 

Applications will be considered from organizations in all sectors, including:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Civic & Community Development
  • Education
  • Emergency Services
  • Health & Human Services
  • Recreation
  • Veterans

 For examples of capacity building, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Applicants must be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that has received 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)5, 501(c)6, 501(c)(7), 501(c)(8), 501(c)(10), or 501(c)(19) designation from the Internal Revenue Service or must be a unit of political subdivision (i.e., Conservation Districts).
- Organizations are not allowed to share or borrow a 501(c) status with another organization. The name on the application must match the name on the IRS-issued letter.
- Individual schools, churches, and volunteer fire departments will not need a 501(c) letter. They are either exempt by law or fall under a blanket exemption because of their ties to a municipality.

The DRA will not fund the following though the core grants:
- Capital campaigns
- Political causes, candidates and lobbying efforts
- Individuals, including scholarships and personal benefits
- Debt incurred or purchases made prior to calendar year 2023

Pre-Application Information
Application Available: Monday, May 8, 2023
Application Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2023
Grant Award Announcement: Tuesday, July 25, 2023

- School applications must be submitted through the district office.

- Only one application per 501(c) or equivalent tax-exempt organization will be accepted.
- Cities/villages/towns/counties are allowed one application. A statement of support from the city/county administrator endorsing the project must be included with the application.

Contact Information
Online application:

All questions related to the Core Grant Program should be directed to

Contact person:
Kathy Buhr
Director of Strategic Philanthropy & Schmitt Island Development

DRA Headquarters
1855 Greyhound Park Road
Dubuque, IA 52001

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