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Butler County Community Foundation Grant

Grants to Butler County, Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies
for Environment, Education, Arts, and Health Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa - Butler County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/31/18 11:59 PM


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Grants starting at $500 to Butler County, Iowa nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs and projects that aim to create a better quality of life for local residents. Funding will be provided for proposals that address the areas of arts and culture, education, community betterment, environment, historical preservation, health, and human services.

The following list serves as a guideline for how you could classify your project.

- Art and Culture: Events and attractions that attract individuals from local and regional communities. You might see information about these places and events in a tourism book or a community calendar.
- Community Betterment: Projects that serve to benefit the entire community. These types of projects benefit many different types of groups/individuals within the larger community and county.
- Education: Projects related to traditional educational settings including K-12 public and private schools, post-secondary institutions, and continuing education programs.
- Environment: Projects where the environment is the beneficiary of the project, including the rehabilitation of wild animals.
- Health: Projects that improve the mental, physical and sexual health of an individual. This includes projects that raise awareness about health risks and educational events about ways to overcome current and future health risks. Projects directed by hospitals, clinics or health centers that improve the quality of treatment and residential conditions are also included in this category.
- Historic Preservation: Projects related to preserving something for current and future generations. This includes structures, artifacts, newspapers, family genealogies, and other historical information.
- Human Service: Projects meeting basic needs of all people (biological/physiological, safety, social, esteem, and self-actualization). Also included are child care centers and public services such as fire, EMTs, EMAs, and scholarships/fee assistance for individuals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176929

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant request minimum is $500. Requests under $500 will not be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be 501(c)(3), tax-exempt non-profit organizations or government entities in good standing with the IRS, and the projects must benefit the residents of Butler County. Charitable projects conducted by tax-exempt organizations classified as other than 501(c)(3) may also be eligible; please contact the funding office to discuss your proposal.

- For groups, projects, or initiatives that are not classified by the IRS as 501(c)(3), tax-exempt non-profit organizations (or equivalent) or government entities, the Foundation will consider your requests if submitted through a fiscal sponsor. Fiscal sponsors must be classified as a 501(c)(3) or a government entity. The Foundation prefers that the fiscal sponsor’s mission closely align with the sponsored project.
- Eligible applicants may also include: churches (community services/activities), economic development organizations (for marketing/education that benefits the whole community, not just member businesses), and service clubs with eligible tax exempt status (for charitable projects).
- One application per organization with the exemption of Government Entities and Fiscal Sponsors; however, fiscal sponsors may submit only one application per sponsored organization. Government entities may submit only one application per department. Schools are considered government entities for grant purposes.

If the organization has received past funding from the Butler County Community Foundation, all grant reporting must be up to date and in good standing, or they will be considered ineligible to apply.

Ineligible Applicants Include:

- Individuals
- Businesses/For-Profit Companies
- Inherently religious activities such as religious worship, instruction, or proselytization or activities that promote specific religious doctrine
- Associations for activities directly benefiting their members
- Requests for partisan political or lobbying activities
- Operational requests from other foundations.

Pre-Application Information:

It is suggested that applicants, in particular first-time applicants, contact the Program Manager to explore the appropriateness of requests and for any further guidance.

If you have questions about the online grant application, how to use the online grant site, or other grant writing questions, please visit:

Key Dates:
- Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on December 31, 2018.
- Grants from the Butler County Community Foundation will be approved in March 2019.
- All applicants will be notified of the results of the grant process by mid-March 2019.

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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.

Applicants must apply online at:

If you have other questions contact:
Dotti Thompson, Program Manager
Phone: 319.243.1358

Tom Wickersham, Program Director
Phone: 319.243.1356

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Butler County