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Mills County Community Foundation (MCCF) Grant

Grants to Mills County, Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies
for Civic, Cultural, Health, Education, and Social Services

GrantWatch ID#: 178225
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa - Mills County Community Foundation (MCCF)

09/01/17

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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations and municipal agencies for programs and services to enhance the quality of life in Mills County. Funding is intended to support programs that fill unmet needs in culture, civic, education, health and human services in the region. The objective is to fund projects that will create a lasting impression on the community and that residents can utilize for many years.

Approximately $137,700 will be available from the Mills County Community Foundation in 2017. The total includes $106,000 from the William L. Costello Endowed Fund.

Successful applications will include the following components:
- Respond to a demonstrated or emerging community need
- Support effective, proven or promising solutions
- Build upon and maximize other community resources
- Offer a clear plan for financial sustainability.

$137,700

County Community Foundation grant dollars are awarded for a single year.

Only Federally recognized and certified 501(c)(3) Public Charity organizations that serve Harrison County are eligible. An Iowa nonprofit status is insufficient - the organization must be Federally certified as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. In addition, the organization’s governing board must approve all applications prior to submission.

Concerning the use of a Fiscal Sponsor:
- For this grant process applicants may use a Fiscal Sponsor (a nonprofit holding a 501(c)(3) letter) if their organization is not a 501(c)(3) Public Charity organization. It is the applicant's responsibility to find another nonprofit that is willing to act on the organization’s behalf as the fiscal Sponsor.
- A Fiscal Sponsor is a nonprofit organization that has received an IRS letter of determination that they are a 501(c)(3) Public Charity, or a governmental entity such as a City or County Board of Supervisors.
- Public Libraries, Fire Departments, County Extension, County Conservation, Fair Boards, etc. are among those that require a Fiscal Sponsor. In these cases, the City or the County Board of Supervisors may be used as a fiscal sponsor.

Eligibility Restrictions:
- The County Community Foundation, except under unusual circumstances, does not make grants for endowment campaigns, deficit financing, annual fund drives, or fundraising activities.
- The Foundation does not fund training fees or operational expenses.
- The Foundation does not make grants for “consumables” such as salaries, food, gift/promotional items (i.e., T-shirts, contest prizes). The County Community Foundation also does not make grants for band uniforms or Christmas decorations.
- The Foundation gives less consideration to applications from tax supported organizations, individual churches, or similar religious groups.
- The Foundation will not consider applications from cemetery associations, veteran and labor organizations, social clubs, or fraternal organizations.

Application Schedule:
- For the February 1 deadline, applicants will be notified in early April.
- For the September 1 deadline, applicants will be notified in late October.

Additional contact, correspondence, or site visits with Foundation staff and committee members, when necessary, will be conducted following preliminary review of proposals.

If an organization utilizing a Fiscal Sponsor is awarded a grant request, the check would be mailed directly to the applicant organization but it would be made out to the Fiscal Sponsor.

Only one proposal per agency will be accepted unless the agency is acting as a fiscal sponsor for another organization and the funder has approved additional applications.

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

Online Application:
https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_2367?SA=SNA&FID=35025

For questions, call 402-342-3458 or email:

Dennis Nissen, Iowa Foundations Director
Email: dennis@omahafoundation.org

Denise Cardos, Administrative Associate
Email: denise@omahafoundation.org

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