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Grants to Iowa Agencies and Nonprofits to
Benefit the Community in Eligible Regions

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Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA) - Bremer County Community Foundation (BCCF) - Readlyn Community Fund (RCF) - Waverly Community Fund (WCF)

Deadline Date:

04/08/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Iowa government entities and nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life for residents in eligible regions. Focus areas include education, health, human services, environment, historic preservation, arts and culture, and community betterment. Eligible organizations must benefit the people of Bremer County.

The Bremer County Community Foundation (BCCF) and the Readlyn Community Fund (RCF) committees provide grants to improve life throughout Bremer County, Iowa, as well as in Readlyn specifically. BCCF and RCF want to help develop all local communities into places where people want to live, as well as to benefit rural areas of the county. 

Funding Priorities

Highest priority for funding is given to projects that:

  • Address a community need, demonstrate broad-based community support, and provide benefits that are community/county wide.
  • Show a high level of support or leveraged (match) funding from other sources.
  • Maximize community resources through cooperation and collaboration with other organizations in the community and work to eliminate redundant services, programs, or projects.
  • Show long-term sustainability of the project without annual grant support from the BCCF.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178687

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The grant request minimum for Bremer County Community Foundation is $1,000; the maximum request for the Bremer County Community Foundation is $10,000.
- The minimum grant request for Readlyn Community Fund is $500; the maximum request for the Readlyn Community Fund is $5,000. Requests to the Readlyn Community Fund must show specific benefit to residents of Readlyn.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to 501(c)3 organizations and government entities serving Bremer County.

Organizations must provide benefits to the people of the Bremer 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 the funding source 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 Bremer County Community Foundation and Readlyn Community Fund 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 Bremer County Community Foundation and Readlyn Community Fund.

Inherently religious activities such as religious worship, instruction, or proselytization or activities that promote specific religious doctrine are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- The grant application deadline is 11:59pm on April 8, 2020.
- All applicants will be notified of the results of the grant process in mid-June 2020.
- Grant awards will be presented during a ceremony on June 25th in Janesville.
- Grant Reports, for successful applications, will be due January 31, 2021.

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.

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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.

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For questions contact Program Manager Dotti Thompson at 319-243-1358 or

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USA: Iowa: Bremer County and Readlyn

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