Heron Lake-Okabena Community Foundation Grant Guidelines
Apply For A Grant
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
- 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)
- Curriculum development
- Program development
- 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