The Successful Grant Application

1. Complete the Keokuk Area Community Foundation Grant Application

Submit the original grant application of your proposal on 8 ½” x 11” paper printed on one side only.  Hand written applications will not be accepted.  Materials should not be bound, inserted in protective sleeves or prepared in other types of notebook form. Invest your time in content rather than presentation. If sending via U.S. Mail, do not fold the application materials, please mail in a catalog envelope of sufficient size. The Keokuk Area Community Foundation requires eight (8) copies of your application to be mailed. Letters of support are accepted to verify project need and collaboration with other organizations.

2. 501 C (3) Determination Letter

Make sure your organization’s 501 (C) (3) IRS determination letter is current. The Keokuk Area Community Foundation only awards grants to 501 (C) (3) organizations and qualified exempt government agencies in Lee County Iowa, Hancock County Illinois, or Clark County Missouri. Read more about Grant Guidelines here

3. Grant Reports

An organization must complete a Keokuk Area Community Foundation Grant Report, if the organization has received a grant from the Keokuk Area Community Foundation in the past.  The failure to file the a Grant Report may prevent consideration of future grants to any such recipient. Learn more about

4. Mailing

The Keokuk Area Community Foundation Grant Application and all supporting documents MUST be postmarked by the deadline of the grant application.

5. Grant Agreement

If awarded grant funding from the Keokuk Area Community Foundation, the grant recipient must sign a Grant Agreement before receiving the grant payment. For more information about Grant Agreements, email us at: info@keokukfoundation.org.

6. Site Visit

Under certain circumstances, applicants should be prepared for a site visit of their agency at the mutual convenience of the applicant and the Keokuk Area Community Foundation Grants Committee.  In addition, the  Grants Committee and the Keokuk Area Community Foundation Board retain the option of holding an application open in order to request further information from the applying organization.  The decision to request additional information is at the sole discretion of the Keokuk Area Community Foundation Grants Committee and/or the Board of Directors of the Keokuk Area Community Foundation.