Grant Review Criteria and Application Forms

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 below.

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 Applications may be found at below.

November 1, 1999

Mission statement as pertains to the awarding of grants "... distributes funds for educational, cultural, civic and charitable purposes for the benefit of the greater community of Jefferson County, Iowa."


  1. Board policy to try to spread the disbursements throughout the entire county.
  2. Past reasons for "no consideration" to grants:
    1. Politically sensitive issues
    2. Incomplete applications or where item is for use in a private residence
  3. Board policy adopted in 1998 stated churches and related entities were not eligible.
  4. Consider the benefit of the grant to residents of Jefferson County.
  5. Number of residents of the county that will be affected by the grant.
  6. Past grants received by the organization.
  7. Consider the ability of the organization to complete the project if only a partial disbursement of the grant request is made.
  8. The organization must be qualified. A determination letter from the IRS will clarify this issue. We have to make sure that the organization the grants are given to allow for the federal tax deductibility of donations in order for us to keep our tax exempt trust status. If we lose our tax exempt status (charter), there is a possibility that grant recipients will have to pay taxes on the grants that they have received from us and everyone will lose.
  9. Reluctance to grant money to tax supported organizations. A best judgement decision must be made as to a volunteer group under a city's auspices submitting a grant versus a city submitting a grant for a capital expense that would be better funded through taxation.

Disaster Relief Grant

Annual Community Grant