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  • Our 2023 grants totaled approximately $411,253 to 75 organizations in NE Iowa.
  • Over 77% of the 2023 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 2023 grant recipients:

  • Anamosa Ministerial Association – Anamosa Lunches for Youth
  • Anamosa Ministerial Association – Jones County Community Food Bank
  • Bell Tower Productions
  • Brown’s Hometown Victory Foundation
  • Calvary Lutheran ELCA
  • Camp Albrecht Acres of the Midwest
  • Camp Courageous
  • Carnegie-Stout Public Library Foundation
  • Centrally Rooted
  • City of Baldwin
  • City of Cascade (Cascade Public Library)
  • City of Delaware
  • City of Sherrill
  • City of Worthington
  • Clarke University
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque & Jackson Counties
  • Crescent Community Health Center
  • Delaware County Fair Society, Inc.
  • Delaware County Historical Society
  • 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 Montessori School
  • Dubuque Museum of Art
  • Dubuque Regional Humane Society
  • Dubuque Rescue Mission
  • Dubuque Symphony Orchestra & Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles
  • Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association
  • DuRide
  • Emmaus Bible College
  • Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools
  • Four Mounds Foundation
  • Four Oaks Family and Children’s Services
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois
  • Grand Opera House
  • HACAP (Hawkeye Area Community Action Program)
  • Helping Services for Youth & Families
  • Heritage Works
  • Hills & Dales
  • Holy Family Catholic Schools
  • Innovate 120 Inc.
  • Iowa Legal Aid
  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Dubuque County
  • Jones County Family Council
  • Junior Achievement of the Heartland
  • Keep Wishin’
  • LaMotte Area Advancement
  • Loras College
  • Lord of Life Lutheran Church
  • Mary’s Inn
  • Miles Volunteer Fire Department – Miles Community Improvement Group
  • Multicultural Family Center
  • NAMI Dubuque (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
  • Northeast Iowa Council (Boy Scouts)
  • Ohnward Fine Arts Center
  • Opening Doors
  • People In Need (PIN)
  • Project Rooted
  • Red Basket Project
  • Rising Star Theatre Company
  • River Bend Foodbank
  • Riverview Center
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church – Almost Home
  • St. Lukes United Methodist Church
  • St. Mark Youth Enrichment
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Epworth
  • Stonehill Communities
  • The Power of Prayer, Inc.
  • Toys for Tots
  • Tri-State Christian School
  • Tri-State VIATS
  • United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States
  • Vision to Learn


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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