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Waterloo Community Foundation Grant Program – Iowa 


The Waterloo Community Foundation is seeking grant proposals from qualified organizations benefiting the community of Waterloo in one of four areas: health and human services, arts and culture, education, or economic development.

Donor Name: Waterloo Community Foundation

State: Iowa

City: Waterloo

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 10/06/2023

Size of the Grant: $5,000

Grant Duration: 1 year


The Waterloo Community Foundation’s mission is to provide a lean and transparent partnership to those who wish to make a lasting contribution for the betterment of the greater Waterloo, Iowa community.

Funding Information

The typical grant size is $5,000 and requests may be submitted for capacity building or programmatic projects.

Grant Period

Grants must be expended between January 1 -December 31, 2024.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations and/or qualified to receive tax-deductible gifts under Section 170(c)(2)(b) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Component units of government organizations (schools, fire department, library, parks, etc.).
  • Organizations with a charitable intent that meets the mission statement of the Foundation.
  • If you are not a 501 (c)(3) or a component unit of government, you must align yourself with a fiscal sponsor.

Review Criteria 

  • Impact to Waterloo and its citizens
  • Clarity of project description, project activities and steps to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Organization’s background and ability to produce, implement, and executive the project.
  • Feasibility of proposed project that identifies project/program sustainability.
  • Project budget and narrative are realistic and complete.


  • Offer Nonprofit Information Sessions
  • Utilize a shortened application
  • Split resources into focus areas
  • Share nonprofit projects and needs with fund advisers
  • Use volunteer Grants Committee
  • Do not require matching funds
  • Do not use a reimbursement plan for grant payment

For more information, visit WCF.

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