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Applicants are encouraged to contact staff with questions. For technical assistance, email Grants Assistant Pam Bierceor call her at 712-309-3000.


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Application Process

Application Process

The Foundation has three (3) grant cycles per year. The grant application process is entirely online. If you do not have access to the internet, please visit the public library in your community. The application steps are as follows:

1. Eligibility Quiz

The first step in applying is determining eligibility. Prospective applicants take the brief Eligibility Quiz. 

2. Letter of Inquiry

The immediate next step is submitting the required pre-application Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Foundation staff review Letters of Inquiry to confirm the eligibility under our guidelines for both the applicant and the proposed used of funds, and then notifies each prospective applicant. The LOI period opens fifteen (15) days prior to the Letter of Inquiry deadline listed below under “Filing Deadlines.”

  • Applications for capital grants must include evidence (e.g., feasibility study, planning process, analysis) that demonstrates you have carefully studied your organization’s projected success. In cases where the applicant knows what capital expenses will be incurred (e.g., office furniture, office technology, equipment), an applicant must submit two bids or quotes when the LOI is submitted.

3. Application

Once an applicant’s Letter of Inquiry is approved by the Foundation, grant applicants are able to submit a grant application.

  • Number of Applications. Organizations may submit applications a maximum of two (2) grant cycles per calendar year.

4. Notification

Approximately three months after an application is submitted, the Foundation will notify all grant applicants. Not all applications are funded. If an organization is not funded, a brief explanation will be provided. If the Board has awarded funding to an organization, Foundation staff will work with the organization to establish the evaluative indicators that the organization will use to measure the grantee’s impact.


In fairness to others, we adhere strictly to a 5:00 p.m. deadline on the filing dates. (When the 15th of the month falls on a weekend/holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.) Applications submitted after 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date will not be considered.

The Letter of Inquiry period opens fifteen (15) days prior to the Letter of Inquiry deadline.


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