Community News
O'Brien County Community Foundation Grant
February 7, 2018

Application Deadline: April 15
Final Determinations: First week of June

The O’Brien County Community Foundation (OBCCF) Advisory Board is charged with carefully reviewing grant proposals and recommending grants to be awarded. The OBCCF Advisory Board will make grant recommendations based on county and community needs, and the proposing organization’s capacity to effectively enhance the quality of life in O’Brien County.

PURPOSE: The purpose of the OBCCF grant program is to respond to present and emerging needs within O’Brien County by making grants in the following areas:
•Arts & Culture: Provide or increase access to theatre, music, arts, dance, museums, historical events.
•Civic: Community betterment/beautification, city government, emergency services, citizen participation, parks and recreation.
•Education: Early childhood development/daycare, primary, secondary, and continuing education; libraries.
•Environment: Pollution control, natural resource conservation, protecting wildlife, botanic/horticultural activities.
•Health: Promotion and maintenance of physical, dental and mental health; rehabilitative services, crisis intervention.
•Human Services: Housing/shelter, public safety, services for the elderly, youth, families, handicapped, economically disadvantaged, minorities or other special groups.

ELIGIBILITY: Grants will be made for charitable purposes to nonprofit organizations and units of local government that:
•Serve O’Brien County in Iowa.
•Are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

EVALUATION CRITERIA: Priority consideration will be given to projects and programs that:
•Have potential for long-term impact.
•Address a significant need affecting a broad segment of the county’s population or special populations considered at risk.
•Provide evidence of careful planning to address county/community needs and access county/community resources.
•Demonstrate organizational expertise in delivering quality service.
•Document capacity to mobilize resources including financial support, in-kind support, and volunteers.
•Have been developed in collaboration with other nonprofit entities or volunteer groups.
•Do not duplicate existing services.
•One (1) detailed bid is required for equipment or building work. Preference will be given to applicants that utilize O’Brien County vendors.
Lower priority consideration will be given to:
•One-time events

Generally, requests for the following will not be given consideration:
•General operating expenses
•Budget deficits
•Annual fund drives
•Political activities
•Religious activities
•Multi-year grants

Generally, grant requests ranging in size from $250 to $10,000 will be considered.

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