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Guidelines for Community Awards


The Wapello County Foundation supports programs that enhance the quality of life and community development within Wapello County.


The Foundation accepts applications from IRS 501 (c) (3) approved non-profit organizations and governmental entities serving the citizens of Wapello County.

Awards will be considered for the following purposes:

  1. Medical care and treatment
  2. Care for needy individuals as recommended by existing agencies
  3. Scientific research
  4. Facilities for recreation
  5. Educational efforts
  6. Public projects for community good
  7. Projects which enhance or improve the quality of life for residents of Wapello County

Awards will not be made for the following purposes:

  1. Normal ongoing or operating expenses
  2. Religious activities or expenses
  3. Applications by individuals
  4. Political activities
  5. Fundraising events and activities
  6. Re-granting funds to other non-profits
  7. Projects outside of Wapello County

Application must include the following:

  1. Contact information for the contact person, name, address and phone number
  2. Federal employer identification number
  3. Copy of IRS non-profit determination letter or the IRS non-profit determination letter of a qualified sponsor
  4. Endorsement of project by governing body of organization (If applicable)
  5. Short summary description of project
  6. Objective of project
  7. Impact of project on the community
  8. Profile of people to be assisted
  9. Budget of project
  10. Total amount of grant request
  11. Timeline for project completion
  12. Most recent profit/loss statement and balance sheet
  13. Names of organizations providing similar services
  14. Further information and a personal interview may be requested
  15. Please provide 12 copies


  1. Grant awards shall be returned to the Wapello County Foundation, South Ottumwa Savings Bank, PO Box 516, Ottumwa, IA if the project is delayed, cancelled or if not all of the grant funds are used for said project.
  2. A written report is required to be submitted at the conclusion of the project funded on or before September 15 of the year following the grant award date. This report is to include the expenditure of the grant funds received and the accomplishments they have made possible.
  3. Pictures of completed projects or activities are encouraged for documentation.
  4. Recognition — Please display a plaque or publish recognition of the award in your facilities and publications or local news release.
  5. Failure to comply with the foregoing will cause disqualification for future grant applications until completed.

Applications will be accepted at South Ottumwa Savings Bank, 320 Church St., Ottumwa, Iowa until August 31st. Grants will be announced later in the fall.

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The Foundation does not discriminate and encourages organizations only to apply that do not discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or delivery of programs and services on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

The Wapello County Foundation has been a tremendous help to the City of Ottumwa in the past 10 years. I have found the Wapello County Foundation very generous and easy to work with. I hope they can continue their good work for Ottumwa.

Gene RathjeParks Director, City of Ottumwa

The Wapello County Foundation is a critical resource for the continued well-being of our local arts community. Its funding of projects and equipment for arts organizations has played a vital role in making the arts available to every single constituent of Wapello County.

Dennis WillhoitExecutive Director, Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra

Funds from the Wapello County Foundation have made a significant impact on the learning environment in Ottumwa. In a community where many of our families are eligible for the federal free and reduced lunch program, these funds have a direct impact on participation in activities.

Kim HelligeCommunity Programs, Ottumwa Schools

Main Street Ottumwa is thankful to have the support of the Wapello County Foundation. Their partnership allows MSO to better fulfill our mission by funding projects and programs which would not be possible without assistance. We, and other organizations in Wapello County, are fortunate to have the foundation to make our community a better place.

Fred ZesigerExecutive Director, Main Street Ottumwa

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