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Teen Trust Grant

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Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA)

Deadline Date:

12/15/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations and government entities in eligible locations to improve the lives of local residents. Focus areas include arts and culture, community betterment, education and youth development, environment, animal welfare, health, and human services. Requests can be for operations, programming, materials, equipment, and capital projects. Funding is intended to benefit residents of Black Hawk County.

The Teen Trust program is a model for youth philanthropy. Each year, a diverse group of students from area high schools grant to 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies in Black Hawk County. Using a grant application system, site visits, and training seminars, the Trustees work as a team to decide which organizations to assist through financial aid or volunteerism.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176010

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum requests should be $1,000; maximum request limit is $3,000.

Term of Contract:

Requests should be for one year only.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must provide benefits to the people of Black Hawk 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.
- Be current with all state and federal reporting requirements.
- Must not have any past due grant reports for previous CFNEIA grants.

For groups, projects, or initiatives that do not meet the above eligibility requirements, the Community Foundation will consider projects submitted through a fiscal sponsor. Fiscal sponsors must be classified as a 501(c)(3) or a government entity. The Community Foundation prefers that the fiscal sponsor’s mission closely align with the sponsored project.

Organizations can submit only one proposal at a time. Applicants may also submit up to one additional proposal as a fiscal sponsor.

Organizations with a separate supporting organization (like a “friends of” or a foundation) can apply through either the organization or through its supporting organization, but not both. The Foundation encourages applications to be submitted through the supporting organization.

- The Foundation will not support requests for funds that are re-granted or redistributed by the applicant.
- Inherently religious activities such as religious worship, instruction, or proselytization or activities that promote specific religious doctrine are not eligible.
- Requests for partisan political or lobbying activities are not eligible.
- Operational requests from other foundations are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Dates Vary Year to Year
- Open: October 25
- Application Due: December 15 at 5:00 PM
- All applicants will be notified of the results of the grant decisions in mid-April.

It is suggested that organizations that are applying for the first time (or the first time in a number of years) contact Program Director Tom Wickersham to explore the appropriateness of requests and for any further guidance.


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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This grant will begin accepting applications on October 25.

Direct questions to:
Tom Wickersham
Program Director
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Dotti Thompson
Program Manager
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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Black Hawk County

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