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Wright County Charitable Foundation Grant


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Funding Source
Wright County
Office of Economic Development, Wright County Charitable Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa: Wright County

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs to benefit residents in eligible regions. Funding is intended for activities within the focus areas of arts and culture, humanities, children and youth, public and society benefit, animals and environment, education, and senior citizens. Programs must benefit the residents of Wright County.

Types of Grants

  1. Capital Grants support the construction, purchase or renovation of new or existing facilities and occasionally the purchase of equipment needed to make the facility functional and operational including but not limited to furnishings and computer equipment. Capital grant applications are considered on the basis of how the capital project will augment the ability of the applicant organization to enhance the quality of life in Wright County.
  2. Program Grants support new programs that meet priority community needs or the enhancement and expansion of existing programs that have a track record of success. Programs should focus primarily on the Grantmaking Priorities below.

The Foundation seeks proposals in six major priority areas:

  1. Arts and Culture/Humanities
  2. Children and Youth
  3. Public/Society Benefit
  4. Environment/Animals
  5. Education
  6. Elderly and Senior Citizens

For additional information about funding priorities, see:

For information about criteria and guidelines, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- The Foundation can make grants to 501(c) (3) “tax-exempt” nonprofit organizations and 170(b) “unit of government” organizations or an organization that is established for a “charitable purpose.” Grants will not be made that would jeopardize the tax-exempt status of the Foundation.
- “Charitable purpose” means a purpose described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a benevolent, educational, philanthropic, humane, scientific, patriotic, social welfare or advocacy, public health, environmental conservation, civic, or other charitable objectives.
- If a nonprofit organization or volunteer group is under the City’s auspices (umbrella) to take advantage of the City’s tax-exempt status, a grant request from the volunteer group may be considered.
- The Foundation as well as the applicant will conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual preference, age, marital status, disability or national origin.

It is desirable that the applicant’s organization be working at a grass roots level in order to improve their communities.

Grants will not be made to tax-supported organizations including an individual City and its infrastructure, but will provide funding to meet many other non-infrastructure community needs, which cannot be met by taxes, bond issues, or tax assessments. A City government is expected to fund its infrastructure requirements through direct taxation. For example, City infrastructure would include water, sewer, streets, etc. However, the Foundation would consider improvements and equipment for a library, park, swimming pool, and other recreational facilities, etc.

Generally, grants are not awarded for:
- Crisis intervention
- Ongoing operational support
- Elimination of budget deficit
- Reduction of debt
- Funding completed projects for individuals
- Other endowments
- Lobbying or partisan political activity
- Consultant or other studies without any follow-up action
- Scholarships
- Equipment, unless for an approved project or program
- Short-term events as one-off conferences, but may consider festivals or
celebrations or cultural events that will become annual
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Litigation
- Publication of Books or Reports
- Health care services including mental health
- Sectarian programs or religious organizations for religious advocacy purposes
(programs will be considered if such programs have an ecumenical base or non-religious purpose and are designed to serve persons in need of food, clothing shelter, or counseling without regard to their religious affiliation).

Pre-Application Information
Applications for the next Wright County Charitable Foundation Grant will be accepted January 1 - February 15, 2024

Please note: The granting cycle has been changed to once a year.

Estimated Size of Grant
The Foundation Board has set a maximum project application limit per grant cycle of $25,000 and a minimum of $500.

Term of Contract
The Grantmaking Committee will make grants generally for use in the current fiscal year; but the Foundation, from time to time, may make a two-year commitment to a particular project.

Contact Information
Applications are able to be submitted three (3) ways:
1. In person at 115 North Main Street, Clarion Iowa In the Wright County Economic Development office in the basement of the Courthouse Please bring one (1) original and seven (7) copies, for a total of eight (8) copies of the application. Please three-hole punch each copy. No staples.
2. Via U.S. Postal Service mailed to: WCCF Post Office Box 214 Clarion, Iowa 50525 Please include one (1) original and seven (7) copies, for a total of eight (8) copies of the application. Please three-hole punch each copy. No staples.
3. Electronically via the fillable PDF: Complete the form and email it, along with any additional attachments/documents you may have, to PDF submissions need not send/include extra copies.

Direct questions to the office of Wright County Economic Development in the Courthouse. You can reach them at (515) 532-6422.

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