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Application Deadline: March 1st, 2021

Application Information And Guidelines

  • FUNDING:  We fund Vital Capital Projects such as buildings, equipment or physical property that will be available for many years of use in our Lakes Community. Only one application per nonprofit organization annually. Any nonprofit with an outstanding grant request is not eligible to apply for another grant.
  • NOT FUNDED:  One-time activities or operating expenses such as salaries, stipends, fees for participation, travel, room and board, other forms of compensation or recurring operational expenses. We do not fund advertising, programs, special events or projects that have already been completed. We do not fund anything that is for short-term use. Nonprofits must own the property they wish to improve. 
  • Projects should be visible, available to a large portion of the public and have a lasting positive impact in the Iowa Great Lakes region.
  • Grant funding priorities are determined by investors in the Okoboji Foundation and include the following: Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Lake Quality & Environment and Outdoor Experiences & Recreation.
  • Funding is available to non-profit, I.R.S. 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations, 170(b) units of government organizations or charitable organizations without the above designations through a qualified fiscal sponsor.
  • The Okoboji Foundation requests that professional signage be included on structures and larger physical property funded by grants to highlight our partnerships. (Foundation provides style guide for logo for signage production.)

2021 Okoboji Foundation Grant Divisions

Community Needs Grants:  requests of $500 to $24,999

Reviewed by the Youth in Philanthropy* and Grants Committee.

Leadership Grants:  requests of $25,000 or more

Reviewed by the Grants Committee and presented by Ballot to Okoboji Foundation investors. Grants Committee may request a short presentation by nonprofits requesting larger Leadership Grants.