Empowering Adair County Foundation

What is EACF?

The EMPOWERING ADAIR COUNTY FOUNDATION was formed in 2005 to coordinate and provide philanthropic support for community betterment projects in Adair County. It serves to enhance the quality of life for the communities of Adair County. The Foundation is governed by a nine member committee representing all areas of the county. The committee members are community minded individuals who have assessed community needs, can implement asset development, evaluate grant applications, encourage partnerships and initiate activities to enhance the county.
    The Foundation was created in an effort by Iowa legislation to establish philanthropic activities in all 99 counties in Iowa. This was done through a share of the state's gambling profits. Funds for this effort are divided among the counties that do not have a casino or gambling establishment within their borders. The Foundation seeks to promote endowment building, community grant making, organizational collaboration and public leadership for the benefit of Adair County.
The Foundation is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. Being affiliated with a recognized foundation was a requirement of the Endow Iowa legislation. The CFGDM oversees the investment of endowment funds and provides numerous educational opportunities for all of their affiliated foundations. Partnering with CFGDM provides a shared vision of making Iowa a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

EACF IS CELEBRATING 10 YEARS on March 19, 2015!


What Are the Primary Focus Areas of Funding?

    Grant Recipients from November 2013
- Tourism & Beautification
- Public Services
- Economic Well-Being
- Recreation, Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Projects must foster entrepreneurial activity, create jobs or provide volunteer leadership training within the priority areas to be considered for funding.  Priority areas for funding will be reviewed on an annual basis by the EACF Committee. The Committee may choose to support a project that they believe will spur development, create employment opportunities or support entrepreneurial activity. Please select from the following items for more detailed information concerning each area of focus regarding funding.
- Information Sheet (explains funding priorities and grant cycles)
- EACF Committee Explanation Sheet and Application Form

How Can I Apply for a Grant?

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In the past the four annual grant cycles and deadlines have been January 15, March 15, May 15 and November 15. As of November 15, 2015 - the EACF Grant Cycles will be two annually. New grant cycle deadlines are November 15th and March 15th. Each grant cycle fiscal year begins in November. An organization may only apply once per fiscal grant year. Applications can be picked up from Adair County Extension Office (154 Public Square, Suite C, Greenfield, IA 50849) or printed off online. Please refer to the link below for the application form.
- EACF Grant Application Form & Budget Report     (pdf form)      (Word document)
- EACF Grant Final Report Form

Helpful Resources You Can Use:


U.S. Census Bureau (www.census.gov)
Iowa Sales Tax (https://tax.iowa.gov/)
SICOG (Southern Iowa Council of Governments) (www.sicog.com)


Wonderful Article from Des Moines Register....

"Farmers Can Donate Land to Insure it will be Farmed"  (click here)

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