Community Foundation of Louisa County

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Application Guidelines

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HOW TO APPLY

Remember that if your organization had a grant in a previous year, the final report must be turned in by November 1, 2016 in order to be eligible to apply again.

Applying for a Community Foundation of Louisa County grant requires filling out an application form and returning it by the stated deadline.

The deadline for 2017 grant applications is November 30, 2016.

Download 2017 Grant Application (Word format)

Grant Guidelines

  1. First review the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered
  2. Complete all areas of the application including the project budget
  3. There is no set limit on an organization’s grant request. However, grants usually range from $500 to $5,000
  4. Save your computer file as either a Word document or PDF
  5. Email the document or PDF to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You will be emailed a reply that it was received
  6. Print two copies. Secure the appropriate signatures. Keep one copy for your files and mail an original, signed copy to the Community Foundation of Louisa County, PO Box 34, Morning Sun, IA 52640

Please call Paula Buckman at 319-868-4240 for more information or assistance.


GRANT AMOUNTS

The Community Foundation of Louisa County strives to give grants to as many eligible applicants as possible. For 2015, CFLC has $98,000 in funds to grant to area organizations, made possible by the State of Iowa. There is no set limit on an organization’s grant request. However, grants usually range from $500 to $5,000.

Grants will be announced in January. Grant monies should not be used to fund activities occurring before final notification has been made.


WHAT WE DO NOT FUND

  • Individuals      
  • Programs or initiatives where the primary purpose is the promotion of religious doctrine or tenets; however, religious groups are permitted to apply for grants serving a non-religious purpose
  • Political action or legislative advocacy groups

WHAT WE LOOK FOR

In making grant determinations, the CFLC Board will focus on the needs of our communities and how these will be met by the projects. The Foundation provides funding for a variety of interest areas including:

  • Arts, Culture and Museums
  • Childcare
  • Community Improvement & Development
  • Education, Training and Research
  • Health
  • Human Services (Family, Children and Youth)
  • Land Use and Protection
  • Public/Societal Benefit
  • Workforce Development

The Foundation provides funding for a variety of interest areas. The quality, innovation, thoughtfulness and effectiveness of a project are of more importance than the specific interest area. That said, areas of interest are the arts, education, environment and social programs with priorities as identified by the foundation's assessment of Louisa County needs.

Particular consideration will be given to projects that exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Have clear, logical, realistic plans
  • Are led by strong, proven organizations and individuals
  • Already have support of key stakeholders (clients, community, intended partners, etc.)
  • Utilize CFLC funds to acquire or match funds from outside Louisa County
  • Expend the grant funds in Louisa County, when possible.
  • Employ an innovative approach to a defined problem
  • Serve as a model for other communities and organizations
  • Have realistic plans for long-term sustainability
  • Build an organization's own capacity to carry out its mission in the future
  • Advance the quality of life in Louisa County  

As you complete the application, please answer the questions in a manner that lets the grant committee know how this project fits into your mission or area of interest.