APPLY FOR GRANT FUNDING

DEADLINES

March 15  (May decision)

September 15  (November decision)

*Please note our fall grant deadline has changed!*

DOCUMENTS TO HAVE READY FOR YOUR REQUEST

  • Proof of tax-exempt status

    • For government entities, a letter from an official stating you are a 107(a) and funds will be used solely for public purposes​

    • For nonprofits, your 501c3 letter from the IRS

  • Project or Program Budget

  • Last Year's Operating Budget

  • Current Year's Operating Budget

  • Most recent 990

  • Balance Sheet (statement of current assets and liabilities)

  • Last Year's Actual Income & Expense Statement/Profit & Loss Statement

GRANT DECISIONS

All requests for funds are voted on by the Guernsey Charitable Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  Applicants will be sent written notice informing them of the Trustee decision.

QUESTIONS?

Applicants are encouraged to contact Executive Director, Casey Reints with any questions.

Ph: 319.226.3434

Email: office@guernseyfoundation.com

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

1. Review the Guernsey Charitable Foundation’s mission statement, policies, and grant limitations.

2. First-time applicants are encouraged to contact our office to receive guidance on application submission. You may use this link to make an appointment. 

3. Applicants will use the online grants system for all submissions. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

4. Applicants are eligible to apply once per year, with typical grant awards ranging from $1,000—$30,000. Those wishing to seek funding support beyond $30,000 are encouraged to speak with the Executive Director about eligibility.

5. Upon receiving your grant award, the Documentation of Contribution form must be submitted in the online grants system.

6. A grant report is required after 9-12 months of receipt of funds. If re-applying the following year, your report must be received prior to submitting another request.

 

New in 2022: In lieu of filling out our grant report form, grantees may upload or email a recent report submitted to another funder. We hope that this will save you time answering similar questions you may have already answered! 

GEOGRAPHIC AREA

The Guernsey Charitable Foundation awards grants to organizations in the following eight Iowa counties:

  • Benton

  • Black Hawk

  • Bremer

  • Buchanan

  • Butler

  • Grundy

  • Fayette

  • Tama

FOCUS AREAS

The Guernsey Charitable Foundation focuses its grant-making in the following four categories:

  • Social Issues

  • Education

  • Family Life & Community Betterment

  • Health, Recreation, & Fitness

GRANT LIMITATIONS

In order to focus our resources, there are a number of organizations and programs that the Guernsey Charitable Foundation does not fund. Generally, we do not grant to the following:

  • Individuals

  • Business ventures

  • Organizations that are not established 501(c)(3) nonprofits or government entities

  • Organizations that limit membership or services based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or religion.

  • Endowments of any kind

  • Conferences, seminars, trips, or similar events

  • Advertising for benefit or courtesy purposes

  • Religious or sectarian programs for religious purposes

  • National organizations and their affiliates whose primary services are not concentrated in the foundation's eight-county region

  • Veteran, labor, and political organizations or campaign