Coordinated Field of Interest Fund Grant 

  • grant request amount: $5,000–$20,000

  • total available to award: $258,100

  • contact: Lisa Stachula

  • opens: May 31, 2019

  • closes: July 15, 2019

  • notification: September 1, 2019

PURPOSE

Beginning in 2019, nonprofit organizations will be able to apply for grant from nine different Community Foundation funds through a Coordinated Field of Interest Fund Grant. To save time and effort, applicants who may have previously submitted multiple grant applications to multiple funds can now submit one application and be considered for multiple funding sources.

In awarding grants, we will continue to follow the original purposes of each fund and the intent set up by its donors, all of which fall into various focus areas, or fields of interest. 

The purpose of the Coordinated Field of Interest Fund Grant program is to provide general operating support or support for successful ongoing programs. General operating support is crucial to the long-term success of nonprofit organizations. This grant program aligns with the Community Foundation’s strategic plan goal to provide:

  • Flexible Funding: requests for general operating support are eligible for funding, and are given preference.

  • Reliable Funding: One-year or Two-year requests will be considered.


FUND FOCUS AREAS

Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund: General Operating and Program requests only. K-12 schools not eligible to apply for these funds. Must be located within a 60-mile radius of Rock Island, IL.

animals &
envi­ronment
arts &
cul­ture
comm­unity
devel­opment
edu­cation hea­lth youth
devel­opment

Basic Human Needs—Iowa: Grantee must be located in Iowa.

animals &
envi­ronment
arts &
cul­ture
comm­unity
devel­opment
edu­cation hea­lth youth
devel­opment

Judith Berger Endowment: Focuses on education, poverty & children in need.

animals &
envi­ronment
arts &
cul­ture
comm­unity
devel­opment
edu­cation hea­lth youth
devel­opment

Sekharan Family Fund: Focuses on hospice and homelessness.

animals &
envi­ronment
arts &
cul­ture
comm­unity
devel­opment
edu­cation hea­lth youth
devel­opment

Chip Sunderbruch Memorial Risk Management Fund: Focuses on risk management and safety in Scott County, IA.

animals &
envi­ronment
arts &
cul­ture
comm­unity
devel­opment
edu­cation hea­lth youth
devel­opment

Communityworks Endowment: Focuses on childcare, land use & protection and workforce development in Rock Island County, IL.

animals &
envi­ronment
arts &
cul­ture
comm­unity
devel­opment
edu­cation hea­lth youth
devel­opment

Nell C. Brennan Fund: Focuses on educational opportunities for underserved children in Scott County, IA.

animals &
envi­ronment
arts &
cul­ture
comm­unity
devel­opment
edu­cation hea­lth youth
devel­opment

Roy E. Murray Fund: Focuses on youth.

animals &
envi­ronment
arts &
cul­ture
comm­unity
devel­opment
edu­cation hea­lth youth
devel­opment

John J. Quail Fund: Focuses on arts and culture.

animals &
envi­ronment
arts &
cul­ture
comm­unity
devel­opment
edu­cation hea­lth youth
devel­opment

APPLICATION PROCESS

An organization may submit one application for a request between $5,000—$20,000. The organization will select which of the 6 fields of interest their application is eligible to apply for funding to. An organization may select multiple fields of interest.

All applications are accepted through our online grants database. No paper or emailed copies of applications or reports are accepted.


Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply for a Coordinated Field of Interest Fund Grant, an organization must be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status and be located in Scott County, Iowa or Rock Island County, IL. Organizations that are not in those counties but are located within a 60-mile radius of Rock Island, Illinois are eligible for consideration for funding from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund, but not for other funds. Additional eligibility includes:

  • NOT have received a 2-year grant from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund in 2018.

  • Applications from K-12 schools and for capital projects are not eligible for funding from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund.

  • Funding preference for this grant program is for general operating support and existing successful programs.

  • 1-Year and 2-Year requests will be accepted.

  • Funds that are part of the Coordinated Field of Interest Fund Grant Opportunity will still be awarded in the name of that fund, and according to their individual eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria (listed in table above).

  • Requests must cover the grant period of October 1–September 30.

  • Requests must be between $5,000 and $20,000.

  • Please follow the link to our webpage What We Look For to read information on "general grant program eligibility requirements" and "areas not funded by grant programs."


HOW MUCH WILL BE AWARDED

The total amount available to award from these nine funds is approximately $258,100. This is significantly less than what has been awarded each year from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund alone, in the past 5 years ($450,000). This is because the fund has changed its spending policy in order to remain sustainable in perpetuity. Applicants should keep this in mind when preparing a request and plan accordingly. In order to strike a balance between the number of awards these funds can support and the amount requested in each application, grant requests in 2019 must range between $5,000—$20,000.


Evaluation Criteria

  • Preference will be given to applications for general operating support or for ongoing successful programs over capital requests and new programs.

  • Organization/program meets an identified community need in at least one of the six fields of interest.

  • Organization/program demonstrates effectiveness in achieving its goals relative to the dollars used.

  • The grant will contribute strongly to organization/program’s overall success.

  • Organization/program does work that is intentionally diverse, inclusive and/or focused on equity.

  • Organization/program has a track record of success.

  • Organization/program has a positive community impact.


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HAVE QUESTIONS?

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We’re here to help you to be as successful as you can with your grant application. To discuss if your project is the right fit, contact:

Lisa Stachula / email
Call (563) 326-2840


What is a Field of Interest Fund?

Field of Interest Funds allow donors to support an area they are passionate about in perpetuity. For this grant program, we will be pooling resources from nine of our field of interest funds. Some of these funds have awarded through application based grants in the past, and some are newly available to apply to. The fields of interest are:

  • Animals & the Environment

  • Arts & Culture

  • Community Development

  • Education

  • Health

  • Youth Development

We believe most nonprofits are doing work in at least one of these fields of interest.  However, if you are not sure which fields of interest your organization/program aligns with, please contact Lisa Stachula to discuss your options.

Final Reports

All grantees must submit a final report through the online grants system when their grant is complete. Final reports are due on the same date as the next year's applications. 

Click here to submit a final report.

The assigned final report will be a part of the application you submitted in the previous year.