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Locations for Initiatives to Benefit Local Residents

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Mahaska County Community Foundation (MCCF)

Deadline Date:

02/28/21 3:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations and local units of government in eligible locations for initiatives to benefit local residents. Program focus areas include education, youth development, health and human services, recreation and environment, arts and culture, and community betterment. The applying organization must be located in Mahaska County, and must be involved in a charitable purpose that pertains to the civic, educational, recreational, and/or benevolent needs of the citizens of Mahaska County.

    Principles for Grant Making:

    • Emphasis will be placed on applicants that are involved with capital projects, are creating services not presently offered to the community, and/or are involved with creative and innovative programs. All grants are made with the intention of enhancing the quality of life for Mahaska County citizens. 
    • Increased consideration will be given to those projects which have obtained elements of support from other sources, either in the form of cash or “in-kind” contributions (such as donated labor or materials).
    • All efforts will be made to ensure that, over time, grant recipients will represent the entire geographic spectrum of Mahaska County. In addition, projects that appeal to and benefit broad segments of the population will receive special consideration.
    Grants available:
    • MCCF Yearly Grant for nonprofit organizations, governmental bodies (schools, cities, counties), or charitable projects with a qualified fiscal sponsor. 
    • City Challenge Grant for municipalities in Mahaska County.

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 177810

    Estimated Total Program Funding:


    Estimated Size of Grant:

    Currently, grant requests will not be restricted to a minimum or maximum amount of dollars.

    Term of Contract:

    The grant must be expended within eighteen (18) months from the time of the grant letter agreement signature.

    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    The Board of Directors of the MCCF will apply the following principles when determining who will receive grant funds:
    • The applying organization must be located in Mahaska County, and must be involved in a charitable purpose that pertains to the civic, educational, recreational, and/or benevolent needs of the citizens of Mahaska County.
    • Unless the applicant is a government entity, the applying organization must have 501(c) (3) status under Internal Revenue Service rules. If the organization does not have 501(c) (3) status, it must coordinate the application with a “fiscal agent” organization which does meet this criterion. All grant applications must include evidence of the 501(c) (3) status of the applicant. If a fiscal agent is involved, both the 501(c) (3) status and the agreement of the fiscal agent to act on behalf of the applicant must be documented.

    MCCF Yearly Grant Program: Eligible applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a governmental body (school, city, county), or a charitable project with a qualified fiscal sponsor.

    City Challenge Grant Program: Grant applications are restricted to the ten municipalities in Mahaska County. The City Challenge Grant application must be submitted by the 170(b)(1) governing office. (Example: The City of Rose Hill)

    MCCF Does Not Fund:
    • Completed projects or projects already in progress
    • Projects that have current budgeted support
    • Emergency repairs/purchases
    • Elimination of deficits
    • Reduction of debt
    • Ongoing project support and operating support

    Pre-Application Information:

    Applications must be electronically received by February 28, 2021 no later then 3:00 PM.

    Successful applicants will be notified by mail late March or early April 2021 following the MCCF board meeting.

    Contact Information:

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

    Submission of the application must be done electronically by emailing it and any supporting documentation to or from the “contact page” of the web site:

    If you have concerns regarding the electronic submission of your grant application and supporting documentation, please contact the email address above or call an MCCF Board member:
    - Vice President Mike Sytsma: 641.673.7336,
    - Treasurer Amy Nossaman: 641.780.7719,
    - Secretary Calvin Bandstra: 641.673.8336,
    - Madonna Bowie: 641.673.8278,
    - Neal Brown: 641.660.0278,
    - Brandon Kain: 515.250.8352,
    - Margaret Ratcliff: 641.673.8603,
    - Amy Rodgers-Toubekis:

    Mahaska County Community Foundation
    PO Box 207
    Oskaloosa, IA 52577


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