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  • Our 2022 grants totaled approximately $437,292 to 72 organizations in NE Iowa.
  • Over 75% of the 2022 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.


Dubuque Rescue Mission
Camp Courageous Pool
Clarke University Dubuque

The following are the 2022 grant recipients:

  • Anamosa Ministerial Association – Jones County Community Food Bank
  • Andrew Volunteer Firemen Inc.
  • Aquin Educational System
  • Bell Tower Productions
  • Bellevue BIG
  • Brown’s Hometown Victory Foundation
  • Camp Albrecht Acres of the Midwest
  • Camp Courageous
  • Carnegie-Stout Public Library Foundation
  • Cascade Elementary
  • Cascade Public Library
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque
  • City of Epworth
  • Clarke University
  • Community Foundations of Dubuque, Jackson & Clayton Counties – Every Child Reads
  • Convivium Urban Farmstead
  • Crescent Community Health Center
  • Dubuque Co. Historical Society DBA National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
  • Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA
  • Dubuque Dragon Boat Association
  • Dubuque Dream Center
  • Dubuque Food Pantry
  • Dubuque Regional Humane Society
  • Dubuque Rescue Mission
  • Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association
  • DuRide
  • Dyersville Elementary
  • Dyersville Rural Community Food Pantry
  • Emmaus Bible College
  • Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church
  • Foundation of Dubuque Public Schools
  • Fountain of Youth Program
  • Four Mounds Foundation
  • Four Oaks – Parents as Teachers
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois
  • Grand Opera House
  • Helping Services for Youth & Families
  • Heritage Works
  • Hills & Dales
  • Holy Family Catholic Schools
  • Iowa Legal Aid
  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Dubuque County
  • Junior Achievement of the Heartland
  • Loras College
  • Maquoketa Area Family YMCA
  • Marquette Catholic Schools
  • Miles Volunteer Fire Department – Miles Community Improvement Group
  • Northeast Iowa Council (Boy Scouts)
  • Ohnward Fine Arts Center
  • Opening Doors
  • Peosta Elementary Parent Group
  • Presentation Lantern Center
  • Preston Area Betterment Fund
  • Project Rooted
  • Red Basket Project
  • Rising Star Theatre Company
  • River Bend Foodbank
  • Riverview Center
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School
  • Seton Catholic School
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Southwestern High School
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church – Almost Home
  • St. Mark Youth Enrichment
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Epworth
  • Stonehill Benevolent Foundation
  • Sunnycrest Manor Auxiliary
  • The Power of Prayer, Inc.
  • United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States
  • Vision to Learn
  • Western Dubuque High School


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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