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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools to Enhance the Quality of Life for Local Residents

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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa: Washington County

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/19/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations, public agencies, schools, business leagues, and veterans organizations for programs that address community needs and enhance the quality of life in eligible regions. Funding is intended for programs in the areas of community development and beautification, economic development, education, arts, and human and social needs. Grants must benefit residents in Washington County.

The Foundation has a special interest in funding innovative programs that address community needs and in funding facilities and physical improvements that will have a lasting positive impact on the community’s image and quality of life.

The Foundation will consider grant applications covering a wide range of community needs with a focus on community development and beautification, economic development, education and human and social needs. Every effort will be made to maintain a reasonable balance in awarding grants to various areas of need.

Special Interest Areas:

  • Community Development and Beautification: A high priority is given to community development projects that encourage neighborhood revitalization and create more livable neighborhoods.  Proposals that improve the quality of life and enhance the image and/or appearance of the communities will be seriously considered.
  • Economic Development: An important goal is to retain or create family wage jobs that will result in increased economic self-sufficiency for area families and residents.  The Foundation’s primary economic development role is to serve as a catalyst by building the capacity of the public and the nonprofit sectors to effectively plan and manage economic development projects.
  • Education and Arts: The Foundation has an interest in new and innovative programs that promote life-long learning, academic performance, and workforce preparation.  Education programs, including early childhood education, that address underserved age groups and serve children from economically and educationally disadvantaged families will be considered.
  • Human and Social Needs: The Foundation places a high priority on innovative programs that strengthen families, address the needs of underserved youth, provide services to senior citizens, and help all citizens reach their potential.  The retention of young adults in the communities is an important goal of the Foundation.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
At least one of the following code sections may describe the applying organization:

- IRC Section 170c(2), Section 170c(1) – Governmental units such as cities, counties, schools, community colleges, hospitals, etc.
- IRC Section 501c(3) – Charitable, religious, or educational organizations
- IRC Section 501c(4) – Social welfare organizations and local associations of employees
- IRC Section 501c(6) – Business Leagues, such as Chambers of Commerce
- IRC Section 501c(19) - Veterans Organization

Grants are not awarded for the following uses:

- Benefiting specific individuals, such as an individual applying for funding to pay for their education, a fellowship, etc.
- Participating in, or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
- Supporting any specific or individual private for-profit enterprise.
- Replacing an organization’s existing, long-term source of funding.
- Funding operating deficits or providing long-term operating support; however, the Foundation will consider support for the start-up operating expenses directly associated with a new program or project that is consistent with our focus areas.
- Supporting any organization that is not in compliance with the terms and purposes of any prior grant awarded by the Foundation. If the organization has violated the terms of any prior grant, the organization will be considered ineligible until such violation has been resolved.
- No grant application will be approved that is inconsistent with the tax exempt status of the Foundation.

Pre-Application Information
- Fall Grant Application opens August 1, 2023
- Fall Grant Application deadline is September 19, 2023

To enhance the impact of its grant making, the Foundation is especially interested in leveraging its grant awards; therefore, applicants are encouraged to secure other sources of funding in order to complete a project in addition to funding requested from the Foundation.

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Contact Information
Apply online:

Patty Koller

Washington County Riverboat Foundation
205 West Main St.
Washington, IA 52353

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