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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.


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


Submit an online application. Application to open up on April 1, 2020

Applicants will receive a copy of their submission via email. Please save this email, as it has a link to access to your application to make updates.

**Requests must be submitted using the eApplication Form found on this site.** Applications NOT submitted via the specified electronic form will NOT be considered.

Financial accountability outlining how the money is spent is required of all grant recipients. Single year commitments are preferred.

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. - Kari 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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