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Grant to a Story County, Iowa Nonprofit, School,
or Government Unit for Community Needs

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Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines - Story County Community Foundation (SCCF)

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Deadline Date:

09/30/17 5:00 PM


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Grant of up to $25,000 to Story County, Iowa nonprofits, government units, public schools, state universities, public libraries, and volunteer fire departments for community benefit projects. A letter of intent is due on July 31, 2017. Funding may be requested for either programs or capital building projects. Funding is intended for a project that:

- Addresses significant community issues
- Presents an innovative, creative, and practical proposal that builds on community strengths
- Presents a clear work plan that shows the ability to achieve the project's goals
- Encourages cooperation, creates efficiencies and reduces duplication of services
- Develops the leadership potential of the community
- Involves the people served in the planning and implementation of the project
- Demonstrates quality, vision, collaboration and good management
- Provides a plan for sustainability beyond the funding period

Grant proposals that address one or more of the following objectives are accepted:

- Address community needs in the areas of art/culture/humanities, education, health, human services, environment or community/public/society benefit.
- Strengthen the nonprofit sector by supporting nonprofit organizations, promoting philanthropy, and encouraging civic involvement.
- Encourage residents of Story County communities to be inclusive, welcoming, and understanding of diverse cultures.
- Support strong, stable families and provide solid beginnings for children and youth.
- Serve as a catalyst in collaborative efforts for the betterment of communities in Story County.
- Serve as seed money for a new program or project.
- Address other identified community needs with identified solutions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181434

Number of Grants:

The SCCF will award one Major Grant in 2017.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

Final reports, including proof of purchases and expenditures relating to grants, must be supplied to the Story County Community Foundation by August 31 following the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt, nonprofit, public charities under section 501(c)(3) or a "unit of government" under Section 170(c)(1)-agencies that conduct activities to benefit the public at large. These include public schools, state universities, public libraries, and volunteer fire departments. It is possible, if your agency does not have the IRS status, another agency holding that status can serve as a fiscal sponsor.

The Foundation generally will not consider funding requests for:

- Annual or capital fund-raising campaigns (not to be confused with capital building projects, which are accepted). A capital fundraising campaign is a time-limited effort by a nonprofit organization to raise significant dollars for a specific project. This includes funds for telephone solicitation, fundraising events, or professional fundraiser fees.
- Endowments - a fund made up of gifts and bequests that are subject to a requirement that the principal be maintained intact and invested to create a source of income for an organization.
- Staff salaries, office rental, utilities, and office supplies
- Individuals - only non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, governmental agencies with charitable projects or the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsors for an agency are eligible.
- Grants or scholarships to individuals, including subsidies to agencies to cover individual activities or participation fees.
- Programs covering a budget deficit or easing budget deficiencies.
- Programs requiring participation in a religious activity or promotion of religious ideology.
- Projects not serving residents of Story County; Projects may be multi-county but the SCCF funded portion must benefit Story County residents.
- Festivals and one-time special events or annual events.
- Political causes and activities, candidates or legislative lobbying efforts.
- Private foundations.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Guidelines and Overview:

Timeline Information for Major Grant applicants

- Letter of Intent must be submitted by 5:00 PM on July 31, 2017.
- Invitations to selected organizations for full application will go out by mid-August 2017.
- Full applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00 PM on September 30, 2017.
- Applications will be reviewed during the month of October 2017.
- Grants will be awarded in early November 2017.
- Final project report due August 31, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Combine all application documents into one PDF, if possible, and email to

For further information, contact the Story County Community Foundation at 515-232-9200 or send an email to the address above.

Story County Community Foundation
416 Douglas, Suite 202 P.O. Box 1666
Ames, IA 50010-1666

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Story County