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

13th Annual Community Grant Awards Night 

         Thursday, April 5th, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Social Time, 7:00 p.m. Program              

Youth Building at Hardin County Fairgrounds, 301 11th Street, Eldora, IA

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

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.