Sioux County Community Foundation (SCCF)

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Looking Forward, Giving Back. . . For good. For ever.

BACKGROUND: The Sioux County Community Foundation (SCCF) is a charitable foundation created by and for the people of Sioux County to receive gifts from individuals, families, corporations, private foundations, and governmental agencies. These gifts are carefully invested and the income from endowments is used to make grants to public charities that best meet the needs in the county.

MISSION: The mission of the Sioux County Community Foundation is to encourage and provide opportunities for charitable giving, to manage and distribute funds in a responsible manner, and to enhance the quality of life for the people of Sioux County, Iowa.


The purpose of the SCCF is to connect donors who care with causes that matter and to enhance the quality of life in Sioux County.

An Advisory Board representing each community and the varied interests of Sioux County is responsible for governing the Foundation.

Dale Oltmans (Alton, IA), Chair
Aaron Kooiker (Hull, IA), Vice Chair
Heidi Kramer (Hospers, IA), Secretary/Treasurer
Lori Hoven (Matlock, IA)
Josh Dorhout (Sioux Center, IA)
Shari Fedders (Boyden, IA)
Duane Feekes (Orange City, IA)
Carol Liston (Ireton, IA)
Joyce Murphy (Granville, IA)
Keith Sietstra (Rock Valley, IA)
Gary Tucker (Hawarden, IA)
Lana Hathaway (Maurice, IA)

The Sioux County Community Foundation provides a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving. A local community foundation creates an opportunity for donors to ‘target their charitable giving at home’ and make a lasting difference in their community and county. You don’t have to be wealthy to make a difference. You can have a lasting impact on the quality of life in Sioux County, right here, right now, and for years to come. The Community Foundation serves as a vehicle to carry out the charitable objectives of donors and offers distinct advantages. You may contribute to the unrestricted Community Fund or establish a separate component fund bearing your name or a name of your choosing. All grants will be made in the name of the fund you establish.

We invite you to partner with the Foundation to create a lasting legacy. Contributions may be sent to: SCCF Administrative Office, 505 Fifth Street, Suite 412, Sioux City, IA 51101.

There is so much more we’d like for you to know. For more information and ideas on ways to integrate your financial planning with charitable giving, ask your financial advisor or contact either Dale Oltmans, Advisory Board Chair, at (712) 756-4314 or the SCCF Administrative Office at (712) 293-3303.

Learn more about…
Types of Funds
Ways to Give
Benefits to Donors
Endow Iowa


Application Deadline: March 15
Final Determinations: by mid-May

The Sioux County Community Foundation (SCCF) Advisory Board is charged with carefully reviewing grant proposals and recommending grants to be awarded. The SCCF Advisory Board will make grant recommendations based on county and community needs, and the proposing organization’s capacity to effectively enhance the quality of life in Sioux County.


PURPOSE: The purpose of the SCCF grant program is to respond to present and emerging needs within Sioux County by making grants in the following areas:

  • Arts & Culture: Provide or increase access to theatre, music, arts, dance, museums, historical events.
  • Civic: Community betterment/beautification, city government, emergency services, citizen participation, parks and recreation.
  • Education: Early childhood development/daycare, primary, secondary, and continuing education; libraries.
  • Environment: Pollution control, natural resource conservation, protecting wildlife, botanic/horticultural activities.
  • Health: Promotion and maintenance of physical, dental and mental health; rehabilitative services, crisis intervention.
  • Human Services: Housing/shelter, public safety, services for the elderly, youth, families, handicapped, economically disadvantaged, minorities or other special groups.

ELIGIBILITY: Grants will be made for charitable purposes to nonprofit organizations and units of local government that:

  • Serve Sioux County in Iowa.
  • Are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

EVALUATION CRITERIA: Generally, priority consideration will be given to projects and programs that:

  • Have county-wide benefits.
  • Will provide the greatest good for the greatest number of citizens within Sioux County communities.
  • Have potential for long-term impact.
  • Have been developed in collaboration with other nonprofit entities or volunteer groups.
  • Have resources already committed including financial support, in-kind support, and a volunteer component (if applicable).
  • Do not duplicate existing services.
    Lower priority consideration will generally be given to:
  • One-time events
    Generally, requests for the following will not be given consideration:
  • General operating expenses
  • Budget deficits
  • Annual fund drives
  • Individuals
  • Political activities
  • Endowment
  • Religious activities
  • Multi-year grants

Generally, grant requests ranging in size from $250 to $10,000 will be considered.

Seed grants to implement a new program will only be considered if there is a sound plan for sustainability.

Sioux County Community Foundation – Grant Application

Non-501(c)(3) Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement

Sioux County Grant Report Form

2011 Grant Awards
2012 Grant Awards
2013 Grant Awards
2014 Grant Awards
2015 Grant Awards
2016 Grant Awards
2017 Grant Awards