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Foundation for the Future of Delaware County (FFDC) Grant

Grants to Delaware County, Iowa Nonprofits,
Agencies, and Schools to Benefit Local Communities

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Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque - Foundation for the Future of Delaware County (FFDC)

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Grants to Delaware County, Iowa nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools to benefit local communities. Program areas include health and human services, education, environment, arts, culture, preservation, children, youth, and families, and neighborhood and community development.

The Foundation welcomes proposals for projects that benefit a broad spectrum of the community or a chronically underserved segment of the population. The Foundation looks for projects which:

-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

Program Areas:

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 the 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, including historic preservation

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.
-Support efforts to preserve the history of Delaware County

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177829

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, an organization/program must:
-Provide services within Delaware 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 a public agency/unit of government (County, City, School)
-Organizations who do not have 501(c)(3) status are encouraged to find a qualifying agency to sponsor them. A Fiscal Sponsorship From must be attached to the application.
-Examples of organizations and sponsors: Elementary school sponsored by School Board Park and Rec Board by City Council Fire/Emergency sponsored by City/County Board

In general, grants are not made from the Community Needs Fund for the following:
-Ongoing project support and operating support
-Annual and capital campaigns
-Equipment, unless it is essential for the program
-Budget deficit
-Recurring funds
-Religious purposes (this does not exclude grants to religious organizations for non-religious purposes)
-One day events

Pre-Application Information:

-Application Available: December 1
-Application Due: January 31
-Awards Announced: April 30

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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.

Apply Online:

Bev Rahe, Executive Secretary

Katie Decker, Grants Management Coordinator

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
700 Locust Street, Suite 195
Dubuque, IA 52001

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Delaware County