Adams County Iowa

Adams Community Foundation

Making a difference

ACF invests in projects that will make a difference in the lives of current and future Adams County residents by offering grants to local non-profits and governmental entities for community projects. Our grant application deadlines are the first Friday in June and the first Friday in January unless a  holiday. To date, the Foundation has contributed almost 1.5 million dollars to worthy projects in Adams County since 1986.

How to Apply for an ACF Grant

Please NOTE that there are new applications! One for requests under $5000 and one for requests over $5000. Old forms will NOT be accepted. Click on the links on the lower right hand of this page to find both fillable pdf forms. Remember if you are NOT a 501(c)3 organization, you must have a fiscal agent to receive the funds and the Fiscal Agent form is also found below.


Grant Applications

Prior forms Will Not Be Accepted

Click on the correct Application for your Project


Additional details and rules are included in the Application.

Under $5000 Application
Over $5000 Application

Power Point for ACF Applications


Application Deadlines

By noon –
January 5, 2024, and June 7, 2024



Non 501(c)3 Fiscal Sponsorship Form – If you are not a 501(c)3 organization this form MUST accompany your application!
ACF Fiscal Sponsorship Form

Grant Report Form

Other References

Tips for Writing a Grant application

Read Our Newsletters:

 2023 Campaign Letter

2022 Campaign Letter
2021 Campaign Letter

Interested in donating to the Foundation?

Your charitable contributions will make a difference, are tax deductible and may be eligible for an additional Endow Iowa tax credit.  For long-term gifts, see our Planned Giving brochure to assist you in leaving a legacy gift to your community.  Both annual gifts and legacy gifts through your estate planning are welcome and encouraged.

Our 9-member volunteer board appreciates your commitment to the Adams Community Foundation in helping to support our local non-profits as they thrive and grow.  Please join us in making our community the best it can be!

Giving to the Adams Community Foundation is as easy as 1-2-3. You can choose which fund your donation supports. Just click on the name below to take you to the fund that interests you. 

Adams Community Foundation Board Members

Nancy Turner, Fred Shearer, Scott Akin, Lisa Wilkinson, Leland Shipley, Jerry Peckham, Stephen Gruba, Brenda Dunn , and Gary Badgett.

Adams Community Foundation Endowment Fund

The Adams Community Foundation Endowment Fund brings the power of many gifts together to create an ongoing funding mechanism for organizations within Adams County. Your gift to the Endowment Fund helps create a legacy of support that can be enjoyed not only today, but tomorrow as well.

Adams Community Animal Welfare Fund

The Adams Community Animal Welfare Fund was established to benefit animal welfare needs in Adams County, more specifically supporting spay and neutering of companion animals.