Grant Guidelines

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Proposals must be submitted by a 501(c)(3) organization, a unit of government, or by a public agency. Organizations that are not tax exempt must apply through a suitable fiscal agent willing to accept responsibility for the project.

  • All proposals must demonstrate a benefit to Heron Lake and Okabena communities.
  • The Foundation prefers projects that are submitted by local applicants.
  • Proposals incorporate an innovative approach and avoid duplication of efforts.
  • Proposals have clearly stated goals and measurable outcomes.
  • Grant requests are considered for one year of funding.


Potential Areas of Interest

  • Arts, Culture, Humanities
  • Community Improvement (celebrations, beautifications, parks)
  • Education (may be subdivided into types of schools, non-school related, libraries)
    • Leadership Development
    • Technology
    • Civil Rights
  • Economic Development (tourism, business retention, business recruitment, job training)
  • Health (disease specific, nursing services, wellness, treatment, facilities, education)
    • Food and Nutrition
    • Mental Health
  • Public Safety (fire departments, law enforcement, abuse/neglect/exploitation, education)
    • Disaster Preparedness
    • Emergency Assistance
  • Recreation, Leisure, Sports, Athletics (camps, leagues, clubs, facilities)
  • Religion/Spiritual Development (denominational or interfaith)
  • Youth Development (developmental assets, mentoring, service learning, scouting, centers/clubs)


Types of Support 

  • Capital (land, building renovation, equipment, computer systems)
  • Conferences/seminars
  • Curriculum development
  • Exhibitions
  • Performances
  • Publications
  • Program development
  • Research
  • Start-up funds

The Heron Lake–Okabena Community Foundation generally will NOT make grants for:

  • Lobbying or political activities
  • For-profit businesses
  • Debt retirement
  • Ongoing, open-ended grants
  • Operating expenses
  • Administrative budgets for existing organizations
  • National fundraising campaigns
  • Ticket sales, raffles, or fundraising dinners
  • Endowment drives