Major Grant Information and Letters of Intent - Story County Community Foundation | Grants & Tax Credits

Major Grant Information and Letters of Intent


The Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department received a SCCF major grant of $25,000 in 2016.  Former Cambridge Fire Chief Bill Hook (left) reviewed floor plans for the fire station addition with SCCF Advisory Board member Jim Black.  Hook shared, “the major impact of the building expansion will be improved emergency response time due to wider 12-foot doors and more space to get into PPE.  Other significant improvements will be greater equipment storage and room for training events.”

Major Grant Award

The Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) accepts applications for Major Grants up to the amount of $25,000.

In order to screen for the most viable projects and limit the number of organizations investing their time applying, applications for the Major Grant are by invitation only. Organizations with potential major grant projects need to complete the Intent to Apply form available below.  The Grantmaking Committee selects organizations to submit a full application proposal. SCCF may select one project for funding from these applications.

Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt, nonprofit, public charities under section 501(c)(3) or a "unit of government" under Section 170(c)(1)-agencies that conduct activities to benefit the public at large. These include public schools, state universities, public libraries, and volunteer fire departments. It is possible, if your agency does not have the IRS status, another agency holding that status can serve as a fiscal sponsor.

In addition to our Community Betterment Objectives, in the Major Grant we are looking for a project which:

  • addresses significant community issues
  • presents an innovative, creative, and practical proposal that builds on community strengths
  • presents a clear work plan that shows the ability to achieve the project's goals
  • encourages cooperation, creates efficiencies and reduces duplication of services
  • develops the leadership potential of the community
  • involves the people served in the planning and implementation of the project
  • demonstrates quality, vision, collaboration and good management
  • provides a plan for sustainability beyond the funding period

Please refer to the Grant Application Guidelines and Overview information available on the Grants Available page in order to ensure you have the best chance of submitting a successful application.

Timeline Information for Major Grant applicants

  • Letter of Intent must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on July 31
  • Invitations to selected organizations for full application will go out by mid August
  • Full applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. on September 30
  • Applications will be reviewed during the month of October
  • Grants will be awarded in early November
  • Final project report due August 31 following the award

2018 Intent to Apply form--click here

Please note: the Intent to Apply form is only needed for the Major ($25,000) Grant. It is not necessary for the Community Grant applications ($6,000).

Final applications for those selected to apply are due  by 5:00 p.m. on September 30

2018 Major Grant application— click here

Please Note:  Applicants not receiving an invitation to apply for a Major Grant may still complete and apply for a Community Grant of up $6,000.

Submit application forms electronically in one PDF file to

Final reports, including proof of purchases and expenditures relating to grants, must be supplied to the Story County Community Foundation by August 31 following the award. Please use the Community Grant final report form. Future grant applications will not be considered until all reports are completed.

Report form for Major Grant received — click here

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