Board Directed Grants

​Purpose for Grant Making

The Foundation makes grants up to $5,000 to support creative and innovative programs, current or emerging charitable opportunities, services not presently offered and occasional capital projects – all of which should enhance the quality of life in the community.

  • Especially interesting are projects proposed by coalitions of service providers, by those likely to gain support from matching fund arrangements, and by those replicable in design by others.

  • Special attention will be given to projects that apply to a broad segments of the population

  • Projects funded should not represent significant duplication of initiatives already undertaken by other non-profit agencies.

  • Low priority will be given to programs or projects of churches which have a narrowly sectarian purpose.  However, programs will be considered if they have an ecumenical base or are designed to serve persons in need of food, clothing, shelter or counseling with regard to their religious affiliation.


  • Requests will  be denied for support of annual operating budgets, elimination of deficits, reduction of debt or funding of completed projects.

  • Grants will range up to $5,000.

Eligibility to Apply

  To be eligible to apply, you must demonstrate all of these characteristics:

  • A non-profit, legally tax-exempt organization


  • Located in and/or serving primarily clients in the immediate Pella area.


  • Serving a charitable purpose by enhancing the quality of life of Pella in such areas as health,unique heritage, education, culture, religion, recreation and the enhancement and preservation of the city’s heritage.


If you are eligible, and wish to apply

  • Complete an application form and answer all the questions and provide  required information. 


  • Provide evidence of your tax-exempt status. It is usually done through a copy of the most recent determination letter from the IRS recognizing your tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

  • Application deadline – November 15


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  • Mail to:     Pella Community Foundation

                          Box 112
                          Pella, IA 50219

Grant Selection Process

    Proposals will be judged based on the following:

  • Meeting basic community needs/priority of project.

  • Creativity and innovation.

  • Collaboration with other groups/organizations.

  • Population reach.

  • Organization's ability to complete projects within time-frame given

Grant Recipients' Responsibilities

Agencies receiving grants are required to:​

  • Sign an Agreement Form indicating their willingness to use the funds awarded for the purpose requested.

  • Submit  a final Grant Fulfilment Report  by November 15th of the year in which the grant is made.

  • Give credit to the Pella Community Foundation in all media releases made by the organization.

  • Return to the Foundation any grant monies not used for the designated purpose of the grant.