River Bluff Community Foundation Grants

Application Available: 

The River Bluff Community Foundation (RBCF), founded in 2005, distributes funds annually from earnings to fulfill its mission to build endowments, serve as a resource for community needs, and assist donors in creating giving options.

In order to serve this mission, the River Bluff Community Foundation is committed to making grants that will have a maximum positive impact on the cities of Clinton and Camanche. The River Bluff Community Foundation made $3,500 in grants in 2018.

How to Apply

Please review the requirements for the LOI below and consider submitting your collaborative program between June 1–15. Please review the areas of particular interest below. It is important that your LOI address one or more of these solutions in order to be considered for funding. 

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for funding, an organization must:

  • Provide services within the cities of Clinton or Camanche, Iowa.
  • Be a nonprofit 501 (c) 3, public institution, church, school or government organizations.
  • Operate in such a manner that no applicable anti-discrimination laws are violated.
  • Submit no more than one proposal per funding year per organization.

What We Look For:

We welcome projects that are collaborative and stretch the RBCF’s resources to the fullest capacity. These projects will show impact on the people of our communities in one of our priority areas (listed below).

What We Do Not Fund:

  • Organization’s recurring operating expenses (i.e. staffing, rent, supplies)
  • Multi-year funding requests or funding for 2 consecutive years
  • Capital campaigns
  • Individuals
  • Political organizations and purposes
  • Activities that promote a specific religious doctrine     

Priority Areas of the River Bluff Community Foundation

Health & Human Services

Social service projects that benefit the underserved segments of our community. For example, issues of homelessness, health care, hunger, poverty, and the elderly.

  • Programs that focus on long-term approaches to issues   
  • Empower the underserved to seek solutions and promote self-sufficiency.
  • Provide independence to the elderly and/or to persons with disabilities
  • Improve access to health care
  • Strengthen the capacity of human service organizations to serve their constituencies.


Encompass community education projects that serve all age groups and segments of our population.

  • Increase literacy and basic skills development
  • Address the needs of students who are most at-risk for dropping out of school or not enrolled
  • Promote inclusiveness and diversity
  • Provide creative approaches to improvement of our educational system.

Neighborhoods and Community Development

Programs that address community and neighborhood development, both social and economic.

  • Encourage community responsibility for solving community problems
  • Develop leadership opportunities for youth, minorities and the economically disadvantaged
  • Benefit the community’s low- and moderate-income population
  • Ensure equal opportunity in housing, services, and economic opportunity
  • Build capacity for non-profits and neighborhood organizations

Our Environment

Programs that address our natural resources and environment

  • Enhance awareness of regional environmental issues
  • Encourage responsible stewardship and conservation of our natural resources

Children, Youth & Families

Programs that enhance the quality of life for children and youth through opportunities to enhance their intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development.

  • Models that encourage an alliance of shared responsibility and coordination of resources among schools, parents and community-based organizations
  • Enhance life options of youth through such means as improved basic skills and development of work, life management, and leadership development skills; and reduction of risk-taking behaviors.
  • Enhance parental understanding of strategies they can use to improve the educational attainment of their children.

Arts and Culture

Programs that increase access to and awareness of arts and culture.

  • Encourage participation and heighten awareness in the arts and culture among underserved populations.
  • Increase public exposure to and appreciation of different ethnic and cultural art forms.
  • Support efforts that encourage life-long learning experiences.

For questions about grant applications, please contact Angie Wille at angie@dbqfoundation.org or call 563.588.2700.

CFGD Grant Resources

Grant Reporting

All grant reports are available in the Grant Management System following announcement of award. Please reference the Reporting Tutorial document for instruction. 

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