The Hardin County Community Endowment Foundation will provide grants to improve the quality of life in Hardin County, Iowa. We want to help develop all our communities into places where people want to live, as well as, to benefit rural areas of the county.

The Foundation supports the spirit of giving throughout Hardin County by providing outstanding support and services to our donors, volunteers, other charitable-focused agencies, grant seekers, and the community.

We achieve this by:

  • Helping people realize their dreams of making a difference and finding the best vehicle to achieve that, by designing and implementing their charitable giving plans.
  • Facilitating and supporting the works of charitable-focused organizations in Hardin County through strategic grant making.
  • Acting as stewards for the community by managing donor funds.
  • Bringing diverse groups together for the common good.

Competitive grants are made available yearly from unrestricted funds in the areas of:

  • Arts/Culture/Humanities
  • Education
  • Environment/Animals
  • Health
  • Human Services
  • Public/Social Benefit

Dates to remember:

Grant-writing workshops will be held:

Eldora, Thursday, November 2nd, 6:30 p.m. Eldora Public Library, 1202 10th Street

Iowa Falls, Tuesday, November 7th, 6:30 p.m. ISU Extension Office, Hardin County, 524 Lawler St.

Hubbard, Thursday, November 9th, 6:30 p.m. Hubbard Public Library, 323 E Maple

Friday, February 2, 2018 by 4:00 p.m.
Grants due – 12 copies in manila envelope delivered either to Hardin County Auditor’s Office at the courthouse in Eldora or to the Hardin County ISU Extension Office in Iowa Falls by 4:00 p.m. or mailed to HCCEF, PO Box 473, Iowa Falls, IA  50126 and postmarked no later than February 2, 2018

Any questions, please call
Tam Elerding, Program Director, at 641-373-1379.

                       Thursday, April (to be announced), 2018, 6:30 p.m.                                          13th Annual Community Grant Awards Night                        to be announced

Nonprofit agencies, schools, units of government, or
other qualifying charitable organizations operating for the benefit
of Hardin County may apply.

HCCEF Grant Guidelines and Policies

2018 Grant Guidelines

2018 Grant Application

Estimated Budget

Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement

Examples of IRS Letters

2017 Grant Recipients

Please complete the following forms by December 31, 2017.

Scan and email to
or send completed hard copy to
HCCEF, PO Box 473, Iowa Falls, IA  50126


2017 Final Grant Budget and Project Evaluation

2017 Final Grant Budget Project Evaluation


Washington Square, Steamboat Rock

Past Community Grant Awards

To view past Community Grant Awards, click on the appropriate year.