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Marion County Community Foundation board is making a shift in their annual grant program to respond to Covid-19. After discussion with community leaders, a need for additional funding for first responder/healthcare organizations has emerged. Covid-19 has already changed the way these organizations must conduct business, which has generated additional expenses, and it is anticipated there will be a surge in demand for their services in the coming weeks. MCCF will make the primary objective of their 2020 grant program the support of these critical new funding needs.

Grant applications received as of March 31, 2020 will be held for grant consideration in the 2021 grant cycle. Applicant organizations are asked to notify the Marion County Community Foundation if they do not want their 2020 application considered for a 2021 grant.

Contact: Lynn Branderhorst, Marion County Community Foundation Chair 1-641-780-8818  or
Dale Miller, Marion County Community Foundation Co-Chair 1-641-891-7189


Grant applications are due by April 20. Read through the criteria outlined on this page to see if you organization qualifies to apply for a grant from Marion County Community Foundation.

Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible for a grant, you must demonstrate all of the following characteristics:

  1. Be a non-profit, legally tax-exempt organization.
  2. Be located in and primarily serve clients in the Marion County area.
  3. Serve a charitable purpose by enhancing the quality of life in Marion County in areas such as: health, education, culture, religion, recreation or the enhancement and preservation of the county’s heritage.

Principles for Grant Making

  1. The Foundation makes grants to support creative and innovative programs, current or emerging charitable opportunities, services not presently offered and capital projects—all of which should enhance the quality of life in the county. Grants are not made in support of annual operating budgets or for projects normally included therein.
  2. Especially interesting are projects proposed by coalitions of service providers, those likely to gain support from matching fund arrangements, and those replicative in design.
  3. Projects funded should not represent significant duplication of initiatives already undertaken by other non-profit agencies.
  4. Requests will generally be denied for crisis intervention, current budget support, elimination of deficits, reduction of debt or funding of completed projects.
  5. Special attention will be given to projects that apply to broad segments of the population.
  6. Low priority will be given to programs or projects of churches which have a narrowly sectarian purpose. However, programs will be considered if they have ecumenical base or are designed to serve persons in need of food, clothing, shelter or counseling without regard to their religious affiliation.

Criteria to be used by the Distribution Committee

Proposals will be judged on the basis of such things as:

  • The intrinsic merit of the project proposed
  • The priority of the need to be met
  • The ability and past experience of the staff in terms of successful completion of the projects
  • The clarity and measureability of the project goals
  • Plans to fund the project beyond the grant period
  • The feasibility of the time frame given for completion of the project