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Giving in Winneshiek County

Charitable, community-minded people who want to do good in their community to support the causes they care about can do so with the Winneshiek County Community Foundation. Through the funds held with the Winneshiek County Community Foundation, the Community Foundation meets our county's needs by increasing connections between people and the organizations that serve them; providing grants in our core program areas of arts and culture, community betterment, education and youth development, environment and animal welfare, health, and human service.

$312,451 grants awarded in 2023. $4.8M total grants awarded since 2005. $7.5M total assets.

View our 2023 Impact Report

Committee Members

Jean Boyer
Charles Crain
Tracy Dostal
Nathan Ersig
Terry Haindfield
Lilly Jensen
Chelsey Kephart
Terry Linderbaum
Keith Newhouse
Mae Schmitt
Warren Shuros

Individuals interested in serving as a volunteer committee member can complete the online interest form here.


Colonel Richard and Carol Gaard are passionate about their community. Hear how their involvement with local organizations and learning more about the Winneshiek County Community Foundation have made a difference for area nonprofits. They also share how they are able to support causes that are important to them through their donor advised fund, the Rich and Carol Gaard Family Fund.

Hear from Colinne with Helping Services for Youth & Families, a northeast Iowa nonprofit and Winneshiek County Community Foundation grant recipient, talk about their experience with applying for grant funding to impact local communities.

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Winneshiek County Grants

This grant is not accepting applications.

Grants are available to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and government entities. Tax-exempt organizations classified as other than 501(c)(3) are also eligible, if and only if, the project is deemed charitable; please contact our office to discuss the project’s eligibility prior to submitting a proposal. Grants selections are made in an effort to create a better quality of life for people in Winneshiek County. A local committee reviews the applications from charitable organizations serving their community.

Those interested in applying can watch the recording of our 2024 Grant Cycle Workshop by clicking the button below. You can also view the slides from that presentation here

Watch the grant workshop

Open: November 15
Application Due: January 15
Awarded in: March

Click the year to see organizations and projects funded in 2023 and 2022.

How to Apply
  1. Review our Grant Guidelines to see if you qualify for this grant.
  2. Grant Guidelines

  3. Log in to our online grant management system (or register if you don't already have an account). All open CFNEIA grants are listed in this system.
  4. Grant Management Login

  5. Find the grant you wish to apply for in the list to start your application. You can save your progress at any point and complete the application at a later date.
For Support

If you have questions about the online grant application, how to use the online grant site, or other grant writing questions, please visit our Grantseeker's Resources.


March 27, 2024  Winneshiek County Community Foundation Highlights Grant Impacts, Awards Over $168,000 in 2024 Grants  Read Story


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Impact Reports

2022 Impact Report
2021 Impact Report


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Contact Us

Our Administrative Office:
Winneshiek County Community Foundation
3117 Greenhill Circle
Cedar Falls IA, 50613
P: 319-287-9106
F: 319-287-5015