Garden Chapel Donor Advised Fund


Our Mission is to support the grieving community in Pella, Iowa and the surrounding area.

Grant-making Cycle

Grants are made once per year in January with applications/proposals due by  November 15th.

Grant Application Process

  Organizations applying for grants must complete a narrative proposal.  The narrative should follow  the outline provided in an application packet available by clicking the Grant Application  button.

The application packet must include the background of the applicant organization, and a copy of the IRS 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination.  Be sure to include responses to questions about the purpose and description of the proposed project, financial information related to the project and project personnel.​  


Review Process

If the applicant organization is not well known, or if aspects of the proposal submitted are not clear, a representative may follow up with a personal site visit and/or further questions.  The completed proposals are thoroughly reviewed by the Donor who makes recommendations to the full board for funding.  Applicants are then notified of the outcome and if successful a grant agreement form must be signed and returned before funding is made.​

Grant Recipients' Responsibilities

Organizations 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 Fulfillment Report  by November 15th of the year in which the grant is made.

  • Give credit to the Garden Chapel Endowment Fund of 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.


2019 Grant


The Well Grief Program received a grant for $5,583 for their bereavement counseling work.  Presenting the check on behalf of Garden Chapel are Mark Van Roekel, and Mark Wiskus.