The Bremer County Community Foundation (BCCF) and the Readlyn Community Fund (RCF) committees provide grants to improve life throughout Bremer County, Iowa, as well as in Readlyn specifically. The Foundation wants to help develop all communities into places where people want to live, as well as to benefit rural areas of the county.
The Bremer County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, is created by and for the people of Bremer County. The Community Foundation’s main goals are to support Bremer County and to attract additional funds to assist donors in creating lasting legacies through a variety of giving options within Bremer County. The Readlyn Community Fund is a component fund within the Bremer County Community Foundation. The fund has been set up to support projects in Readlyn.
Areas of Foundation giving are:
- Arts & Culture
- Community Betterment
- Education & Youth Development
- Environment & Animal Welfare
- Human Service
- The grant request minimum for Bremer County Community Foundation is $1,000; the maximum request for the Bremer County Community Foundation is $10,000.
- The minimum grant request for Readlyn Community Fund is $500; the maximum request for the Readlyn Community Fund is $5,000. Requests to the Readlyn Community Fund must show specific benefit to residents of Readlyn.
Highest priority for funding is given to projects that:
- Address a community need, demonstrate broad-based community support, and provide benefits that are community/county wide.
- Show a high level of support or leveraged (match) funding from other sources.
- Maximize community resources through cooperation and collaboration with other organizations in the community and work to eliminate redundant services, programs, or projects.
- Show long-term sustainability of the project without annual grant support from the BCCF.
Organizations must provide benefits to the people of the Bremer 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. Tax-exempt organizations classified as other than 501(c)(3) are also eligible if and only if the project is deemed charitable; please contact office to discuss the project’s eligibility prior to submitting a proposal.
- Be current with all state and federal reporting requirements, such as filing of 990 forms.
- Must not have any past due grant reports for previous Bremer County Community Foundation and Readlyn Community Fund grants.
- For groups, projects, or initiatives that do not meet the above eligibility requirements, the Community Foundation will consider applicants requests if submitted through a fiscal sponsor. Fiscal sponsors must be classified as a 501(c)(3) or a government entity. The Foundation prefers that the fiscal sponsor’s mission closely align with the sponsored project. Fiscal Sponsors will be legally and financially responsible for any grant funds that are awarded by the Bremer County Community Foundation and Readlyn Community Fund.
In addition to the eligibility requirements, the following restrictions also apply:
- One application per organization with the exemption of Government Entities and Fiscal Sponsors; however, fiscal sponsors may only submit one application per sponsored organization. Government entities may submit only one application per department. Schools are considered government entities.
- Applications for the same project from multiple organizations are not eligible for funding.
- Inherently religious activities such as religious worship, instruction, or proselytization or activities that promote specific religious doctrine are not eligible.
- Project budgets should include all income and expenses for the project; including other funding sources and in-kind donations/services.
- Late, incomplete, or hard copy applications will not be considered. Incomplete applications are those that are in DRAFT mode at the time of the application deadline.
For more information, visit https://www.cfneia.org/affiliates/bremer-county