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Clayton County Foundation for the Future (CCFF) Grant

Grants to Clayton County, Iowa Nonprofits, Schools,
and Municipalities to Benefit Underserved Communities

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Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque - Clayton County Foundation for the Future (CCFF)

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Grants to Clayton County area, Iowa nonprofits, schools, and municipalities for projects that will benefit underserved communities. Funding is intended for the focus areas of education, arts and culture, health, human services, environment, children, youth, and families, neighborhoods and community development.

Focus Area Details:

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 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: 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.

The Foundation is interested in projects that:

- 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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178720

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, an organization/program must:

- Be a 501(c)(3) or tax-exempt or not-for-profit agency
- Provide services within the Clayton County area
- Be operated and organized in compliance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination

In general, grants are not made from the Community Needs Fund for the following:

- Ongoing project support and operating support
- Annual and capital campaigns
- Budget deficit
- Individuals
- Recurring funds
- Religious purposes (this does not exclude grants to religious organizations for nonreligious purposes)

Pre-Application Information:

Please note, a 25% cash match is required.

- Application Available: December 1, 2017
- Application Due: January 31, 2018
- Awards Announced: April 30, 2018

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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.

Register and apply online:

For questions, please contact Cheryl Meyer at 563.380.0989, or Katie Decker at 563-588-2700 or

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Clayton County