NONPROFITS MAY APPLY FOR A GRANT
Created in 2004, the County Endowment Re-Granting Program is funded annually by a percentage of the state’s commercial gaming tax revenue. These funds are distributed annually to a qualified community foundation in counties that do not have a state-issued gaming license. Because the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is accredited by the National Council of Foundations and qualified by the Iowa Department of Economic Development, we are able to receive these grant dollars and re-grant them for programs, projects and services enhancing the quality of life in Muscatine County.
Additionally, annual grants from endowment funds within the Community Foundation may be available. By completing our online application, your application will be considered for all granting opportunities for which it is eligible.
Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Nonprofit, charitable tax-exempt organizations delivering programs and services to residents of Muscatine County are encouraged to apply for a grant. If your charitable cause is not a 501(c)3 organization, you may qualify by partnering with another organization or the Community Foundation. To learn more, call the office. To see the diversity of grant awards of past grantees view our annual reports and news articles in this website under the tab, “About Us”.
Before you get started consider the following guidelines:
Your proposal must benefit Muscatine County residents.
It must not be started prior to grants being awarded.
It must be completed within one year of awarding.
Trips outside of Muscatine County are not traditionally funded.
The Granting Committee may investigate your proposal to ensure its validity or gain additional information. (It’s wise to submit prior to the deadline which leaves time to procure more information if needed.)
As a grant recipient, you will be required to provide a final report, send digital photos, and submit receipts to prove your expenditures.
The deadline for applying for a grant from the Muscatine County Endowment Re-Granting Program is twice per year. Applications must be received by the deadline date noted on the online grant application.
Am I eligible for other grants?
Funds are available in addition to the Muscatine County Endowed Re-granting Program. With just a few additions to our online application, you may be eligible for grants from one of our other endowment funds. If you feel your grant applies to any of the following funding sources, please address this on the page marked by the Icon, “Program Description.” in the space provided by the question, “Is there any additional information you would like the granting committee to know about this project when reviewing your applications?” Enter the grant name such as “Millet” and describe how your application addresses the purpose of the fund.
Additional granting funds:
Hilda E. Collitz for the Homeless
This bequest provides grants for the use and benefit of those in the Greater Muscatine area to prevent homelessness or who are homeless through circumstances beyond their control. Note how your application addresses homelessness and why no other funding assistance is available.
Hilda E. Collitz for Housing
This bequest provides grants for the use and benefit of those in the Greater Muscatine area for the acquisition of land and/or construction of living spaces to prevent families and individuals from homelessness. Preference will be given to Muscatine habitat for Humanity’s Muscatine County projects. Note how your application addresses homelessness and why funding is needed.
George Millett Memorial
A gift from the estate of George Millett is used for grants to benefit those with mental disabilities who are residents of Muscatine County for things not covered by other governmental or nonprofit organizations.
Ray Hockersmith Memorial
This fund provides grants for the benefit of the blind, vision impaired or disabled children under the age of 15 to experience special recreational activities to enhance their lives.
How does an organization apply for a grant?
Applicants are now able to apply online for a grant from the County Endowed Re-granting Program! We made our process easier and better.
Our new online application is ready for submitting your proposals! Just SAVE your work as you go, and you will be able to return at any time prior to the deadline date and time.
Watch out for these application mistakes:
When asked for the number of Muscatine County residents who will benefit, be sure your answer includes a number.
When submitting a budget, enter numbers and then a description. The Income should equal Expenses.
Can I speak with someone if I have questions about applying for a grant?
Of course! We are happy to help answer questions about the granting process that you might have. Contact Kelly Rushford, Manager of Programs & Services at 563-264-3863 to discuss your grant application or charitable project well in advance of the deadline date. Crunched for time and want to chat via email? Feel free to reach Kelly at ProgramsManager@givinggreater.org