Applicants must be either a public charity or a governmental entity, and more specifically as follows: an IRS-approved tax-exempt non-profit public charity qualifying under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) as described in IRC 501(c)(3); and furthermore a “public charity” qualifying under Sections 509(a), and specifically under 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) [but not 509(a)(3)]; and, finally, specifically not a private foundation as described in IRC 509(a); or, a school or school district applying through the local area education agency, or another governmental entity. (The above information is contained in every agency’s formal IRS letter-notification of tax-exempt status.) No grant application will be approved that is inconsistent with the charitable tax-exempt status of the Foundation.
The Foundation will not accept proposals that:
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Proposals from individual schools, in our geographic area (see counties previously identified), must be submitted through the Green Hills Area Education Agency (formerly Loess Hills AEA 13). Proposals for capital improvements to school property will not be considered.
IWF is committed to working across the region to develop a robust economic climate and amenities that are attractive to families and to business. To that end, the Foundation is primarily interested in focusing its support regionally in two of our strategic areas: Economic Development and Place-making. The Foundation recognizes the symbiotic relationship inherent to our metro area and is supportive of programs in the aforementioned strategic focus areas that both realize that interdependence and strengthen it.
Grantees may receive programmatic and general operating funds for up to six (6) years consecutively. Moreover, in any eight (8) year period of time, a grantee may only receive a maximum of six (6) years of funding. Additionally, the Foundation will work with grantees who apply for general operating or programmatic funding, annually and on an ongoing basis, to develop a plan to rely less on the Foundation’s funding in subsequent years.