The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) accepts applications for its mini-grant program, The ACCF “Emerging Needs” Mini-Grant Fund for community projects outside of the regular grant cycle.
The ACCF was formed in 2005 as an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.
- ACCF grants up to $500 are available for eligible nonprofits.
They award grants in the areas of:
- Health & Human Services
Encompasses social service projects that benefit the underserved segments of our community. For example, issues of homelessness, health care, hunger, poverty, and the elderly.
- Empower the underserved to seek solutions;
- Promote self-sufficiency;
- Programs that focus on long-term approaches to issues;
- Provide independence to the elderly and/or to persons with disabilities;
- Improve access to health care;
- Strengthen the capacity of human service organizations to serve their constituencies.
Encompass community education projects that serve all age groups and segments of our population.
- Increase literacy and basic skills development;
- Develop efforts that address the needs of students who are most at-risk for dropping out of school or not enrolled;
- Promote inclusiveness and diversity;
- Provide creative approaches to the improvement of our educational system.
- Neighborhoods and Community Development
Programs that address community and neighborhood development, both social and economic.
- Encourage community responsibility for solving community problems;
- Develop leadership opportunities for youth, minorities, and the economically disadvantaged;
- Benefit the community’s low-and moderate-income population;
- Ensure equal opportunity in housing, services, and economic opportunity;
- Build capacity for non-profits and neighborhood organizations.
Programs that address our natural resources and environment.
- Enhance awareness of regional environmental issues;
- Encourage responsible stewardship and conservation of our natural resources.
- Children, Youth & Families
Programs that enhance the quality of life for children and youth through opportunities to enhance their intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development.
- Support models that encourage an alliance of shared responsibility and coordination of resources among schools, parents, and community-based organizations;
- Enhance life options of youth through such means as improved basic skills and development of work, life management, and leadership development skills; and reduction of risk-taking behaviors;
- Support efforts to enhance parental understanding of strategies they can use to improve the educational attainment of their children.
- Arts and Culture
Programs that increase access to and awareness of arts and culture.
- Encourage participation and heighten awareness in the arts and culture among underserved populations;
- Increase public exposure to and appreciation of different ethnic and cultural art forms;
- Support efforts that encourage life-long learning experiences.
- Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, churches, schools, or government organizations that provide services within Allamakee County
- Organizations that do not have 501(c)3 status are encouraged to find a qualifying agency to sponsor them. A Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement must be attached to the application.
- Examples of organizations and sponsors:
- Elementary School sponsored by School Board;
- Park and Rec Board sponsored by City Council;
- School districts may apply for each building with sponsorship from the district school board:
- Postville Elementary, Middle & High School;
- Eastern Allamakee: Elementary, Middle and High School;
- Allamakee: West, East, Jr. High, Sr. High;
- St. Patrick’s School.
How to Apply
Past applicants can still edit profiles, see other open grants, and view past grant applications by logging in to their grant management system. New applicants can prepare for the next grant cycle by following the directions below:
- Gather documentation and complete forms.
- Tax Status Verification letter for your organization (also called a Tax Determination letter).
- If your organization is not a tax-exempt nonprofit, you must partner with an organization that is. This is called fiscal sponsorship. In this case, you will need:
- your fiscal sponsor’s Tax Status Verification;
- a signed Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement (PDF) form.
- Log in to their online grant management system (or register if you don’t already have an account). All open grants are listed in this system. If this is your first time applying for grant applications on Foundant, please take a few minutes to become familiar with the system:
- Find the grant you wish to apply for in the list to start your application. You can save your progress at any point and complete the application at a later date.
- If you are applying with a fiscal sponsor, please enter 00-0000000 in the tax ID box.
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