Organization Support Grants

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For more information on Organization Support Grants, please contact Rochelle Naylor.

Rochelle Naylor
Senior Program Officer


Organization Support Grants support general operating costs and capacity-building projects for nonprofits that impact the quality of life in Linn County, Iowa.  These grants do not assist with capital infrastructure [bricks and mortar] projects.

Organization Eligibility

  • Must be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status
  • For organizations based in Linn County:
    • If less than two years old (based on IRS letter of determination)
      • If operating budget is less than $5 million, may apply for capacity-building projects.
    • If more than two years old (based on IRS letter of determination):
      • If operating budget is less than $5 million, may apply for general operating costs or capacity-building projects.
      • If operating budget is between $5 million – $20 million, may apply for capacity-building projects.
  • For organizations based outside of Linn County:
    • If more than two years old (based on IRS letter of determination) and with operating budget less than $20M, may apply for the Linn County portion of capacity-building projects.

Ineligible Organizations – General Operating Support

  • Organizations with a core religious mission

Ineligible Activities – Capacity-Building Projects

  • Fundraising events and activities
  • Program-specific staff training
  • Travel out of the region
  • Staff salary costs except when costs are directly related to project implementation
  • Religious activities or efforts supporting an organization’s core religious mission
  • Expenses that have occurred or will occur during the grant review process

Maximum Request Amount

Organizational Budget Grant Amounts
Upper $0-$100k $1,000-$10,000*
$100k-$750k $1,000-$15,000
$750k – $5M or $20M $1,000-$20,000

*Or 20% of organization budget, whichever is less.

Duration of Grants
12 months

Application Frequency and Funding Limits
Organizations may apply for Program Support Grants and/or Organization Support Grants up to three times total in the calendar year.  Organizations may receive no more than $50,000 total or 20% of the operating budget in Program Support Grants and Organization Support Grants during the calendar year.

Application and Forms
Download Organization Support Grants Application Packet
Download Organization Support Grants Budget Form

Questions? Contact
Rochelle Naylor, Senior Program Officer, at or at 319.774.2373.

NOTE: The Community Foundation maintains strict standards to uphold the integrity of the grantmaking process. Our conflict of interest policy applies to grant committees, board and staff requiring recusals in cases of conflict of interest. The Community Foundation review processes are methodical and transparent, with scoring tools for competitive grant applications available in the online applications.