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  • Our 2021 grants totaled approximately $561,528 to 84 organizations in NE Iowa.
  • Approximate 50% of the 2020 grants were $5,000 or less.
  • Grants were made for basic human needs, capital projects, education, religious endeavors, Cultural/Arts and food and housing for the needy.
  • No grants were made to individuals.
  • Application submission is open April – May.
  • Grants are awarded in July.
  • The Foundation is a 501c3 private, non-profit organization.
2021 grant total of $561,528


Dubuque Rescue Mission
Camp Courageous Pool
Clarke University Dubuque

The following are the 2021 grant recipients:

  • American Legion Post 656 – Scherrman/Peterson
  • Anamosa Festivals, Inc
  • Anamosa Lunches for Youth (Anamosa Ministerial Assn)
  • Andrew Little Leaders Child Care Center
  • Andrew Volunteer Firemen Inc.
  • Austin Strong Foundation
  • Beckman Catholic High School
  • Bell Tower Productions
  • Camp Albrecht Acres of the Midwest
  • Camp Courageous
  • Carnegie-Stout Public Library Foundation
  • Cascade Elementary
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque
  • Church of the Resurrection
  • City of Epworth
  • Clarke University
  • Community Foundation Jackson County/Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (Dubuque Caregiver Resource Center)
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (Dubuque College Access Network)
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (Restorative Strategies Program)
  • Creative Adventure Lab
  • Divine Word College
  • Dubuque & Jackson County Habitat for Humanity – DBQ
  • Dubuque Area Labor Harvest
  • Dubuque Area Labor Management Council
  • Dubuque Area Swimmin’ Hurricanes
  • Dubuque Co. Historical Society DBA National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
  • Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA
  • Dubuque Regional Humane Society
  • Dubuque Rescue Mission
  • Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association
  • DuRide
  • Emmaus Bible College
  • Every Child Reads Jones County
  • Finley Health Foundation
  • Foundation of Dubuque Public Schools
  • Fountain of Youth Program
  • Four Mounds Foundation
  • Four Oaks – Parents as Teachers
  • Friends of the Fair
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois
  • Hillcrest Family Services
  • Hills & Dales
  • Holy Family Catholic Schools
  • Iowa Legal Aid
  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Dubuque County
  • Jackson County Fair Association
  • Jones County Family Council
  • Jones County Public Health
  • Junior Achievement of the Heartland
  • La Salle Catholic School
  • Limestone Bluffs Resource Conservation & Development Inc.
  • Loras College
  • Luther Manor Communities
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa
  • MercyOne Dubuque Foundation
  • MercyOne Mobil Unit
  • Miracle League of Dubuque
  • Multicultural Family Center
  • New Vienna-Luxemburg Fire Department
  • Northeast Iowa Community College Foundation
  • Northeast Iowa Council (Boy Scouts)
  • Opening Doors
  • Presentation Lantern Center
  • Presentation Lantern Center – VIATS
  • Red Basket Project
  • Rising Star Theatre Company
  • Riverview Center
  • Rural Community Food Pantry
  • Seton Catholic School
  • St. Francis Xavier School
  • St. John the Baptist Church
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church – Almost Home
  • St. Mark Youth Enrichment
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic Church – Epworth Iowa
  • Steeple Square
  • Stonehill Franciscan Services
  • Sunnycrest Manor (Sunrise)
  • The Grand Opera House
  • The Power of Prayer, Inc.
  • Tri-State Christian School Association
  • United Way
  • Voices Productions


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

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

Over the years, the McDonough Foundation has impacted the lives of thousands of animals served by the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. The James B. & Melita A. McDonough Foundation Feline Adoption Mall includes a high-tech ventilation system and spacious accommodations to help cats and kittens experience less stress and illness. – Melissa Palfrey

The McDonough Foundation has provided funding for state-of-the-art instrumentation, allowing Clarke’s Chemistry Department to offer exceptional hands-on lab experiences. We are very grateful to the McDonough Foundation for their generous support of our program. – Ken Brown

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