Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Benton County Community Foundation (BCCF) Grant

Grants to Benton County, Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies
for Human Services, Education, and Health

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa - Benton County Community Foundation (BCCF)

Deadline Date:

03/15/18 11:59 CST


Request a Grant Writer

Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to Benton County, Iowa nonprofit organizations and government entities for projects to improve the quality of life of local communities and benefit rural areas. Funding areas include art, culture, education, health, human services, environment, community betterment, and historic preservation. Requests for building projects and/or veterans’ needs from veterans’ organization are also eligible.

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.

Projects related to traditional educational settings including K-12 public and private schools, post-secondary institutions, and continuing education programs.

Projects where the environment is the beneficiary of the project, including the rehabilitation of wild animals.

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.

The BCCF gives priority to projects that:
- Address important needs in the county
- Encourage additional funding through matching gifts from other donors/funders and in-kind donations
- Provide realistic plans for continuation funds (if applicable) from other sources
- Yield substantial benefits to the county for resources invested

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178682

Estimated Size of Grant:

$500 - $10,000 - Amounts requested that are less than $500 or more than $10,000 will be disqualified.

Term of Contract:

Awarded applicants are required to submit a grant report by January 31, 2019 on the outcome of the funded project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Your organization MUST be one of the following:

-501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization OR
-Government entity OR
-Other type of tax-exempt organization looking to use funds for charitable intent (Please call the Foundation to discuss your project)
-If you are group, club, association, or organization that does NOT fit the above criteria, but are seeking funding for a charitable project, consider partnering with a 501(c)(3) OR government agency that can be your fiscal sponsor and apply on your group's behalf (see more about Fiscal Sponsorship here:
-Your organization must be in good standing with the IRS

One application per project (exceptions may be made for government entities or Fiscal Sponsor organizations).

If the organization has received past funding from the Benton County Community Foundation, all grant reporting must be up to date and in good standing.

Ineligible Applicants Include:
-Businesses/For-Profit Companies
-Churches for purpose of advancing one religion/evangelism
-Associations or Economic Development Groups for activities directly benefiting their members

-Requests for veterans’ memorials are not eligible.
-Requests for funding of city welcome signs are not eligible for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

-Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on March 15, 2018. You should receive an immediate, automatic e-mail reply after submitting your application.
-All applicants will be notified of the results of the grant process in mid-June 2018.
-Grant awards will be presented during a ceremony on July 25, 2018.

It is suggested that applicants, in particular first-time applicants, contact Program Manager Dotti Thompson to explore the appropriateness of requests and for any further guidance. (See below for contact information.) (Grantseeker Resources) (Video Tutorial of Online Grant Site) (Grantwriting Tips and Resources)

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

Dotti Thompson, Program Manager

Tom Wickersham, Program Director

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
3117 Greenhill Circle
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Benton County