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Posted on: September 30, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Black Hawk County Community Development Fund 2021 Applications




The Board of Supervisors established the Community Development Fund to support growth within Black Hawk County.  This is not an ongoing allocation; funding to various 501(c)(3) agencies is contingent upon the amount of funds the Board of Supervisors have allocated each year during budget. 

Tentative Schedule (dates are subject to change at the County’s discretion)



Application Release

October 1, 2019

Application Submission Deadline

November 15, 2019

Application Review

November 18, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Presentations to Board of Supervisors

January 1, 2020 – January 31, 2020

Award Notifications

February 28, 2020

Year-end presentation

June 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021

Application Presentations

Applicant presentations will be scheduled during Board budget sessions in January.

The presentation length will be approximately ten (10) minutes.  The Board may allow for additional time for questions and answers.

Submission Instructions

Click here for the online application form.     Questions contact Dana Laidig at

To ensure fairness, applications that are incomplete, do not follow guidelines, or miss the deadline will not be eligible for funding. 

Only one application for funding will be allowed for each organization for each fiscal year.

 Applicant Eligibility

In order to be eligible for this grant, the organization must be located in or have a branch location in Black Hawk County.

Project Eligibility

Grant funds may only be used for programs or projects that directly benefit the residents of Black Hawk County. 

Must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.  (Organization must include 501(c)(3) designation with this application)

Priority is given to requests for programs and capital projects.  Funds may only be used for expenses that have not been incurred.

Programs/Projects should accomplish the following:

Promote economic growth and/or community development in Black Hawk County

Demonstrate a return on investment

Do not duplicate current economic or community development initiatives.

Demonstrate a sustainability plan for project continuation.

Projects are funded in one year increments.

Grantee Requirements

Grant funding must be used for the project that was submitted on the application.  Requests to use funds for other purposes must be submitted and approved by the Board of Supervisors prior to use.

At any time, the Board of Supervisors may request that an update on the progress of the project be presented to the board during public meetings.  The Board may request invoices or any other documentation of how funds were spent.

All media releases, annual reports, and printed materials should credit Black Hawk County’s Development Fund.  Contact Dana Laidig for use of any logos or county information.

Year-end presentations are required. Failure to submit the final report will make the applicant ineligible for future grants. 

Evaluation Criteria

Submitted applications will be evaluated by the following criteria in no particular order of importance:

Demonstrates economic impact and/or community development.

Has potential for long term impact

Serves a broad segment of the population

Cleary describes the project goals

Demonstrates plans for future funding for the project/program

Selection Process

The Community Development Fund may not be able to fund every funding request submitted.  If an application is not awarded, the decision does not reflect on the value of the group or service.

Funding decisions will be made in February.

Click here for the online application form
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