The Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation will provide grants to improve life in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. The Foundation wants to help develop communities that people want to live in, as well as to benefit rural areas of the county.
The Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by and for the people of Cerro Gordo County. The vision of the Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation is to be a premier philanthropic program enhancing and impacting the lives of the residents of Cerro Gordo County through donor opportunities, endowment growth and management, and responsible and local grant distribution.
Areas of Foundation giving are:
- Arts & Culture
- Community Betterment
- Education & Youth Development
- Environment & Animal Welfare
- Human Service
- Grant request minimum is $1,000.
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 funding from other sources. For government entities, requests with committed funds from the city/county for the project are given higher priority.
- 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 CGCCF.
Organizations must provide benefits to the people of the Cerro Gordo 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 Cerro Gordo Community Foundation 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 Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation.
- Organizations that are 501(c)(3) nonprofits in good standing with the IRS must apply through their own tax ID#, not through a fiscal sponsor.
- Generally, the Cerro Gordo Community Foundation does not fund operational costs of projects.
- Applicants must use the Budget Template that is embedded in the application. See page 4 for example.
- Inherently religious activities such as religious worship, instruction, or proselytization or activities that promote specific religious doctrine are not eligible.
- Requests for the following are not eligible for funding:
- Fundraising activities
- Pass through funds
- Debt repayment
- 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/cerro-gordo-county