Since 1988, the Okoboji Foundation has granted over $4.4M to 81 Lakes Community Non-profits for Vital Capital Projects.
The Okoboji Foundation separates grant applications into two request levels. Requests of $500-$24,999 are considered Community Need grants and requests $25,000 or more are Capacity Building requests. Grant applications are accepted from January 1st to March 1st each year. A committee, comprised of board members and other engaged community members, reviews each application and awards grants in late Spring. Additionally, students of the Youth In Philanthropy program of the Okoboji Foundation assist in grant review of the Community Need grants, awarding dollars they have raised throughout the school year.