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Benton County Community Foundation (BCCF) Grant

Grants to Benton County, Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies
for Programs that Improve the Quality of Life for Local Residents

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Foundation / Corporation

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

Deadline Date:

03/15/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to Benton County, Iowa nonprofit organizations and government entities for projects that 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 if project benefits the community as a whole.

Program Areas:
- 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#: 178682

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 - $10,000. Amounts requested that are less than $1,000 or more than $10,000 will be disqualified.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must provide benefits to the people of the Benton County and must meet the following criteria in order to apply for a grant:
- Be classified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or be a government entity. Tax-exempt organizations classified as other than 501(c)(3) are also eligible if and only if the project is deemed charitable; please contact our office to discuss the project’s eligibility prior to submitting a proposal.
- Be current with all state and federal reporting requirements, such as filing of 990 forms.
- Must not have any past due grant reports for previous Benton Community Foundation grants.

For groups, projects, or initiatives that do not meet the above eligibility requirements, the Community 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. Fiscal Sponsors will be legally and financially responsible for any grant funds that are awarded by the Benton County Community Foundation.

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

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 or Economic Development Groups for activities directly benefiting their members
- Requests for partisan political or lobbying activities
- Operational requests from other foundations.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on March 15, 2019. 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 2019. Grant awards will be presented during a ceremony on July 23, 2019.

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.)



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

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Dotti Thompson, Program Manager

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Benton County