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Grant Application

The Pocahontas County Foundation will provide grants to improve life in Pocahontas County, Iowa. We want to support development of all our communities into places where people want to live, as well as to benefit rural areas of the county.

Each year we hold a mandatory meeting in October to discuss any new application procedures and answer questions. One member from any group or non-profit organization must attend this meeting in order to receive grant funding. The 2024 Grant Info meeting will be held in October 11th at the Pocahontas County Conservation Office beginning at 6:30 pm. The grant deadline is November 17, 2023. 

Please note the process for High Impact Grant applications.  Please read the guidelines below.  Deadline for Letters of Intent for the High Impact Grant is Oct. 18, 2023.

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• Tax exempt, non-profit entities classified by the IRS as 501(c)(3) or a 170 (c)(1) governmental entity       

• If not 501(c)(3),  must secure a fiscal sponsor who will be legally & financially responsible 

• One standard and/or one high impact application per organization 

501(c)(3) or 170(c)(1): Organizations must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt, nonprofit, public charities under section 501(c)(3) or as a “unit of government” under Section 170(c)(1) to receive grant funding.  A 501(c)(3) is a section of the Federal Tax Code, which establishes the criteria for tax-exempt charitable organizations.  Section 170(c)(1) refers to agencies that conduct activities to benefit the public at large, like public schools, state universities, public libraries and volunteer fire departments. 

FISCAL SPONSOR: If your organization is not a qualified nonprofit, then you must secure a fiscal sponsor: an organization that is receiving the money on behalf of the grant applicant and is responsible for disbursing the money for the project and maintaining appropriate documentation. This entity must be a 501(C)(3) or a 170 (c)(1) unit of government in order to serve in this capacity. A fiscal sponsorship agreement must accompany the grant application if a fiscal sponsor is being used.  (Use form on page 5, if a fiscal sponsor is required.)

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