Grant Guidelines

The Lee County Charitable Fund makes grants only to Lee County, Iowa 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations, and qualified governmental agencies.  All grants are not awarded in the following areas: general operating expenses for an organization’s routine functions and principal programs, annual fund drives, fundraising events or endowment-building campaign, 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 and programs that have already occurred or will occur during the grant review process and projects that occur outside of Lee County, Iowa.

501 C (3) Determination Letter
In all Lee County Charitable Fund applications, please attach one (1) copy of the grant applicant’s up-to-date IRS Determination Letter establishing that the applicant is a 501 (c) (3) organization or a notarized form demonstrating that the organization is a qualified exempt government agency of Lee County, Iowa.  If the organization receives a grant, the address listed on the IRS 501 (c) (3) Determination Letter will be used in the payment (please make sure the contact information of your organization's IRS 501 (c) (3) Determination Letter is up to date).

Grant Reports
The Lee County Charitable Fund requires a completed grant report after a grant award period has been completed. The deadline to submit 2020 Lee County Charitable Fund Grant Reports is April 1, 2021. If your organization received a grant from the Lee County Charitable Fund in 2020, the 2020 Lee County Charitable Fund Grant Report is due on April 1, 2021. The failure to file a grant report may prevent consideration of future grants to any such recipient. The 2020 Lee County Charitable Fund Grant Report must be on file prior to submitting a new grant application.