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The grant application must be received between April 1 and May 31 to be considered. Recipients will be notified in July.


The grant is only available to 501c3 or 170 (C) organizations in the Iowa counties of Dubuque, Delaware, Clayton, Jones, Jackson, Fayette, and Buchanan. Specifically, non-profit organizations that provide educational opportunities, human and social services, and healthcare for children and their families.


Before you start the application process please make sure you have all of the information regarding your program/project, your federal tax ID, and the following documents:

  • IRS 501(c)3 or 170 (C) verification letter (Word document or PDF)
  • Income statement for your most recent fiscal year (Excel spreadsheet or PDF)
  • Balance sheet for your most recent fiscal year (Excel spreadsheet or PDF)
  • If you were awarded a grant in 2023, a letter explaining how the funds were used. (Word or PDF)

Please note that you cannot save unfinished submissions once you start the online form, but you can update the completed submission before the May 31st deadline.

The Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is so grateful for the support of the McDonough Foundation.  Several projects have been funded through the Foundation, including the Childhood Immunization Program and the VNA Closet, which provides free basic necessities such as diapers and personal hygiene supplies. РKari Lammer

The James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation funding was critical in making possible the renovation of historic Keane Hall ¬†— the new home to the Center for Business Analytics. The Foundation also supported the installation of technology for classrooms helping to deliver a state-of-the-art, 21st century education.

The McDonough Foundation made it possible for the Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC) to bring to Dubuque a nationally known keynote speaker who motivated, engaged, and empowered more than 300 women at our inaugural IWLC Dubuque Conference. The McDonough Foundation’s support came at a crucial time and signaled to other organizational leaders in Dubuque that support for women’s leadership is critical and essential to a strong Iowa. – Diane Ramsey

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