Heron Lake-Okabena Community Foundation
Grant Guidelines

*** Proposals must be submitted by a 501(c)(3) organization, a unit of government, or by a public agency. Organizations that are not tax exempt must apply through a suitable fiscal agent willing to accept responsibility for the project.
(Application Deadline:  January 15)

All proposals must demonstrate a benefit to Heron Lake and Okabena communities.

The Foundation prefers projects that are submitted by local applicants.

Proposals incorporate an innovative approach and avoid duplication of efforts.

Proposals have clearly stated goals and measurable outcomes.

Grant requests are considered for one year of funding.

Potential Areas of Interest

Arts, Culture, Humanities

Community Improvement (celebrations, beautification, parks)

Education (may be subdivided into types of schools, non-school related, libraries)

Economic Development (tourism, business retention, business recruitment, job training)

Health (disease specific, nursing services, wellness, treatment, facilities, education)

Public Safety (fire departments, law enforcement, abuse/neglect/exploitation, education)

  Recreation, Leisure, Sports, Athletics (camps, leagues, clubs, facilities)

  Religion/Spiritual Development (denominational or interfaith)

Youth Development (developmental assets, mentoring, service learning, scouting, centers/clubs)

Types of Support

  Capital (land, building renovation, equipment, computer systems)


Curriculum development




Program development



  Start up funds

This fund generally will NOT make grants for:

  Lobbying or political activities

  For-profit businesses

  Debt retirement

  Ongoing, open ended grants

  Operating expenses

  Administrative budgets for existing organizations

  National fundraising campaigns

  Ticket sales, raffles, or fundraising dinners

  Endowment drives

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