Disaster Recovery Fund activated in response to COVID-19 Pandemic

On behalf of our county, the Greater Jefferson County Foundation has established the Disaster Recovery Fund (DRF) to support our most negatively impacted populations as they face the effects of COVID-19. The DRF provides an opportunity for the public to give with the reassurance their donations will be used to quickly move resources to where they are most needed and to adapt to evolving needs. The flexibility of the fund will ensure that the community will be able to respond to needs that are not being met by existing non-profit, local, state, and federal programs.

The Greater Jefferson County Foundation Board has committed an immediate $100,000.00 to the DRF. To join us in giving to support our community through these uncertain times, donation checks may be mailed to the Foundation at P.O. Box 1325, Fairfield, IA 52556

The Greater Jefferson County Foundation has amended its annual grant period and application. The 2020 Grant Period will be May 1st with an extended deadline of July 1st. The application has been amended to a one-page application with focus on COVID19 relief. Some grant restrictions have been lifted.  Applications may be found at here.

Dollars received will first focus on disproportionately affected communities by addressing economic needs and health challenges of populations negatively impacted by COVID- 19 related closures and other effects of the outbreak. The long-term application of the fund will focus on additional needs that are not being met by existing non-profit, local, state, and federal programs that will inevitably arise. Grant funds will remain in Jefferson County.

We may not know what tomorrow will bring, but thanks to support of the DRF we have the confidence that we stand ready to meet the challenge. Our community has proven time and time again that we are better together and this collaborative spirit will once again prevail as we support our neighbors in need.

The Foundation may be reached by calling 641-472-0758, or email at gjcf0758@windstream.net. Applications may be found at here.


Our Mission

The Greater Jefferson County Foundation receives, accepts and distributes funds for educational, cultural, civic and charitable purposes for the benefit of the greater community of Jefferson County, Iowa.

Our Goals

The Community Foundation achieves its mission by assisting qualified organizations through grant distributions, providing scholarships for post-secondary education and training, encouraging individual and corporate involvement through gifts and bequests and administering and investing funds for the creation of perpetual opportunities and services.