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Pocahontas County Foundation Grant

Grants to Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies to
Enhance the Quality of Life in Eligible Regions

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Foundation / Corporation

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Pocahontas County Foundation

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Deadline Date:

11/17/21 - Postmarked by Date; Delivered by Friday, November 19, 2021.


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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations and units of government in eligible regions to enhance the local quality of life. Applicants must attend an informational meeting prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended for innovative and creative programs, emerging and current charitable opportunities, services not presently offered, and capital projects. Eligible organizations are be located and/or serve clients in Pocahontas County.

Special attention will be given to projects applying to broad segments of the County, projects proposed by nonprofit coalitions, those likely to gain support from matching fund arrangements, and replicable in design.

Foundational Areas of Giving:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Education
  • Environmental
  • Recreation
  • Human Services
  • Health
  • Public & Society Benefit

The Foundation seeks to support the development of all local communities into places where people want to live, as well as to benefit rural areas of the county.

Pocahontas County Visioning Committee Priorities

  • Quality of Life
    • Expand recreational opportunities (trails, hiking, biking, etc.)
    • Attract new residents and families
    • Protect natural amenities (parks, lakes, etc.)
  • Housing
    • Increase housing variety/quality
  • Workforce
    • Increase employment opportunities
    • Attract new businesses that provide local jobs
    • Enhance skillset of current workforce

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176466

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must be a non-profit charitable organization that is tax exempt under IRS regulation. Grantees may ask a 501c3 entity or 170c1 governmental agency to be their fiscal sponsor. That number must be supplied on the application form. No grants will be made that jeopardize the tax exempt status of the Foundation or the fiscal sponsor.

Tax exempt, non-profit entities classified by the IRS as 501(c)(3) or a 170 (c)(1) governmental entity
- If not 501(c)(3), must secure a fiscal sponsor who will be legally & financially responsible
- One standard and/or one high impact application per organization 501(c)(3) or 170(c)(1): Organizations must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt, nonprofit, public charities under section 501(c)(3) or as a “unit of government” under Section 170(c)(1) to receive grant funding. A 501(c)(3) is a section of the Federal Tax Code, which establishes the criteria for tax-exempt charitable organizations. Section 170(c)(1) refers to agencies that conduct activities to benefit the public at large, like public schools, state universities, public libraries and volunteer fire departments.

Fiscal Sponsor: If your organization is not a qualified nonprofit, then you must secure a fiscal sponsor: an organization that is receiving the money on behalf of the grant applicant and is responsible for disbursing the money for the project and maintaining appropriate documentation. This entity must be a 501(C)(3) or a 170 (c)(1) unit of government in order to serve in this capacity. A fiscal sponsorship agreement must accompany the grant application if a fiscal sponsor is being used.

Projects funded should not represent significant duplication of initiatives already undertaken by other nonprofit agencies.

Grants are not made in support of annual operating budgets, routine maintenance or repair, or for projects that are considered to be meeting the daily needs of operation.

Requests will generally be denied for current budget support, salaries, labor, food, mileage, clothing, uniforms, elimination of deficits, the reduction of debt or funding of completed projects.

Low priority will be given to programs or projects sponsored by religious institutions and which have a narrowly sectarian purpose. However, programs so sponsored will be considered if they have an ecumenical base or are designed to serve persons in need without regard to their religious affiliation.

Pre-proposal Conference:

October 6, 2021 - Mandatory informational meeting at 6:30 pm at the County Conservation

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: Postmarked by Tuesday, November 17, 2021 and delivered by Friday, November 19, 2021

Contact Information:

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

Questions regarding grant applications or donating to the Pocahontas County Foundation may be directed to: Wendy Panbecker, Chair; Steve Trimble, Vice-Chair; Karisa Stuchlik, Secretary; or Megan Hauswirth, Treasurer.

Mail to:
Pocahontas County Foundation
PO Box 86
Pocahontas, IA 50574


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