Charitable Interests

The Lee County Charitable Fund invests in projects that primarily facilitate cooperation, collaboration, creativity and community organization in Lee County, Iowa. The Lee County Charitable Fund gives special emphasis to creative grant proposals that serve a broad sector of the community, are innovative, new and offer the greatest opportunities for positive and significant change in the communities of Lee County, Iowa. All projects should serve the charitable fields of arts and culture, community betterment, education, health care and human services. Grant proposals are only accepted from 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations residing in Lee County, Iowa.

Examples of Projects That May Receive Priority Funding

  • Projects, organizations, or projects that address and help resolve important existing or emerging community issues.
  • Seed grants to initiate promising new projects and programs so that those projects and programs are able to demonstrate their usefulness to the community.
  • Projects that will enable non-profit and charitable agencies to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and move toward self-sufficiency.
  • Projects that improve the quality or scope of charitable works in the community.
  • Projects for which other grants have been approved but require matching funds for completion.

Examples of Projects That Will Not Receive Funding

  • General operating expenses for an organization’s routine functions and principal programs.
  • Annual fund drives, fundraising events or endowment-building campaigns.
  • Debt reduction or retirement.
  • Religious organizations for sacramental or theological purposes.
  • Political or lobbying activities.
  • Scholarships for primary and secondary education and post-secondary degree programs, expenses for projects.
  • Programs that have already occurred or will occur during the grant review process and projects that occur outside of Lee County.