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Organizations wishing to apply for funding from the Guernsey Charitable Foundation are advised to first visit our office located on the second floor of the Regions Bank Building, 100 E. Park Avenue, Suite 230, in downtown Waterloo. There, brochures and application forms will be made available to qualified organizations. Inquiries may also be made to our e-mail address at
Link to the form could be downloaded HERE

As we move into the 21st century it is planned that Guernsey Charitable Foundation will continue to enhance its ability to work in partnership with people of the extended community, helping support programs that enhance character, values, services, science and education.

Your organization should first review the Guernsey Charitable Foundations Mission Statement, policies and grant limitations.

It is suggested that applicants contact our office, 319-226-3434 and talk to Executive Director Soo Greiman to determine appropriateness of request then visit our office for an application form. Applications need to be submitted in written form, not exceeding 2 pages, outlining general information and answering key questions. Also required is a copy of your organizations 501(c)(3) tax exempt letter of qualification, a copy of your organizations annual report with a listing of its board leadership, budget and current programs. Applications can be returned by delivering or mailing (not e-mailed) to Guernsey Foundation P.O. Box 1172 Waterloo IA 50704.

NOTE: It is our policy to invite potential partners to visit our office and discuss the funding being sought. If an organizations request is compatible with our mission then a grant application will be issued. On-line requests will not be accepted.

In order to focus our resources, there are a number of organizations and programs that Guernsey Charitable Foundation does not fund. Generally we do not grant to the following:
  • Individuals
  • Organizations without IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.
  • Business ventures
  • Organizations that limit membership and services based on race, religion, color, creed age or national origin.
  • Endowments
  • Conferences, seminars, or trips.
  • Advertising for benefit or courtesy purposes.
  • Requests for loans or debt retirements.
  • Religious or sectarian programs for religious purposes.
  • National health organizations and their local affiliates.
  • Veteran, labor and political organizations or campaigns.
  • Fraternal, athletic and social clubs.

Submission DeadlineDecision by

  • Between $100 - $20,000

All requests for funds are voted on by the Guernsey Charitable Foundation Board of Trustees. Applicants will be informed of the Trustees decision following the meeting wherein grants are determined. Trustees meet twice a year: in the spring, and fall for the purpose of grant making.
Office location: 100 E. Park Avenue, Suite 230, Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1172 Waterloo, Iowa 50704
Phone: 319-226-3434

“Anything that I can do to help my fellow man let me do now, for I shall not pass this way again”.

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