CCDA Grant Information

Frequently Asked Questions

When is my Grant Application Due?

Applications are only accepted online and can be obtained from our website. Spring grants must be submitted by 4:30pm 2nd Wednesday of March. Fall grants must be submitted by 4:30pm 2nd Wednesday of August.


There is a lot of competition for grants and unfortunately, requests exceed funds available. Unless your grant was returned as unqualified, we encourage resubmission.


Grant applications are only accepted electronically through the grants link on our website.  If you need support, contact the office at 563-242-5702


All grants are reimbursement grants. Just submit copies of paid invoices with proof of payment to our office at:

PO Box 2061
Clinton, IA 52733-2061

You may also email your documentation to

Your organization will be reimbursed at 75% of submitted invoices as the organization is responsible for 25% of the project cost.
Payments are issued once a month, after regular board meetings, the 3rd Wednesday of the month.


Any funds unspent are forfeited and returned to the pool to be awarded to other projects.


Extensions are possible however, you must submit this request 2 weeks before the board meeting to approve the extension. The board usually meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Be aware of the deadline to spend funds and the timing of your extension request.


Member of the CCDA Board of Directors serve two-year terms and are limited to a max of three consecutive terms.  When an opening occurs, the CCDA Board issues a public notice and sets a deadline for community members interested in serving to apply with a letter of interest and resume.  A Recruiting and Selection Committee will then conduct in-person interviews before making final recommendations to the entire board.

2019 Impact

Funding Allocation Policy

Revised December 2017


The purpose of this policy is to provide the Board of Directors of Clinton County Development Association (“CCDA”) an objective and consistent framework within which to award grants to deserving qualified organizations in such a manner as to optimize the present and future benefits of such grants to the citizens of Clinton County. (See also Policy #621 – Eligible Organizations and Ineligible Applications).

A. Allocation Formula

​The allocation formula described herein shall be applied to the total amount available for distribution as of the determination date. The “total amount available for distribution” shall be determined annually by the CCDA Board of Directors.

B. Application Deadlines

There are two Semi-Annual Grant Pools (Spring & Fall) during each calendar year with identical rules. Grant applications from eligible organizations for the Spring Grants shall be due in the CCDA office by 4:30 P.M. on the 2nd Wednesday of March, and for the Fall Grants shall be due in the CCDA office by 4:30 P.M. on the 2nd Wednesday of August each year. The Board of Directors shall make awards from the funds as follows:

Spring Grants

Application Deadline 4:30 P.M. on the 2nd Wednesday in March
Screening/Certification April 15th
Director Scoring May 15th
Funding Announcements 3rd Wednesday in June

Fall Grants

Application Deadline 4:30 P.M. on the 2nd Wednesday in August
Screening/Certification September 15th
Director Scoring October 15th
Funding Announcements 3rd Wednesday in November

C. Formula

From the total amount available for distribution each year the Board of Directors shall determine the amounts necessary to meet any annual and/or multi-year commitments in effect or agreed to by the CCDA. The remainder shall be allocated to the two funding pools Spring & Fall in amounts determined by the Board. Any funds not awarded or claimed in either pool shall revert to the General Fund, where they are subject to later re-allocation or re-direction as the Board determines proper.

D. Semi-Annual Grant Pools

​Funds allocated to the Semi-Annual Grant Pools (Spring & Fall) may be awarded, subject to a matching funds requirement, to qualified organizations up to $75,000. Any organizations, which are awarded funds from the Semi-Annual Grant Pools shall be required to obtain, from sources other than CCDA, funds for the organization’s specific project equal to 25% of the total project cost. In determining whether an organization meets this matching funds requirement, in-kind contributions of labor or land toward the specific grant shall not qualify toward the 25%. In-kind material contributions will qualify.

E. Residual Amounts

Any funds that are awarded as grants from the Spring or Fall Grant Pools, and which are not distributed on or before the monthly Association meeting one year from the funding announcement dates, shall revert to the general fund for reallocation.

F. Governmental Support

Projects requiring commitment of tax funds by a governmental body must receive that commitment prior to applying for funding from the CCDA. Written evidence of formal approval of the governing body in the form of a resolution or minutes with an approved motion to commit the funds to the project must be attached to the application. The CCDA Screening Committee shall determine compliance with this requirement prior to Board scoring of Spring/Fall competitive grant applications.


G. Limitations on Number of Applications and Grants Awarded

  1. Qualified organizations may submit up to 2 (two) applications for each semi-annual grant pool. This limit includes applications the qualified organization submits on its own behalf as well as grant applications submitted on behalf of other qualified organizations.
  2. The maximum number of grants that can be open (funds remaining to be reimbursed) shall be two open grants at any one time.
  3. The CCDA Board of Directors will in all cases refer to and cross-reference the Employer Identification Number (EIN) of the IRS recognized tax exempt organization in determining eligibility of an organization.
  4. An organization covered by an IRS-issued Group Exemption Number. Grants for either Semi-Annual Grant Pools made by an applicant organization on behalf of another IRS recognized not-for profit organization shall be required to affirm that the applicant is not withholding any portion of a grant award for administrative fees, marketing, or any other purpose not clearly itemized in the financial information of the application. The application shall clearly separate and state the amounts and sources of additional funding for the project that is available from both organizations in answer to that question on the application. In addition, the applicant shall provide the following:
    1. Name, address, and EIN of the final recipient not-for-profit organization.
    2. A letter, signed on behalf of the governing body of the final recipient not-for-profit organization, affirming the intended use of CCDA grant funds will be in accordance with the organizations tax exempt purpose, and for the stated project(s) in Clinton County, Iowa.
  1. The final recipient not-for-profit organization under paragraph 4 above is also subject to review regarding the number of open grants as set forth in paragraph 2 above. Any grant awarded under those circumstances shall count as an open grant for both the named applicant organization and the final recipient organization.
  2. The Board of Directors reserves the right to waive on an individual case basis the restrictions herein regarding the number of open grants at any one time due to unique circumstances when considering a special or emergency request.

H. Awards Covering Marketing Costs

No organization will receive funding for marketing costs (i.e. advertising, promotion) more than once in a three-year period.

I. Qualified Organizations

Qualified organizations are those organizations which meet the definition of an “eligible organization” (as defined in Policy #621) and which submit a grant application that is not an “ineligible application” (also defined in Policy #621).

Eligible Organizations

To be eligible for a grant from the Clinton County Development Association, an organization must meet all of the following tests in paragraphs A thru E below as of the date specified by the Clinton County Development Association as the deadline for submission of grant applications: 

    1. The organization must be eligible to receive tax exempt contributions under one of the following code sections:
      • Internal Revenue Code Section 170(c)1 (governmental units)
      • An IRS recognized tax exempt organization in good standing (not revoked for failure to file annual tax returns) and as defined in one of the following IRS Code sections –

        501(c)3 Charitable, religious, educational organizations

        501(c)4 Civic League or Social Welfare Organization

        501(c)6 Business League

        501(c)10 Domestic Fraternal Society

        501(c)19 Veterans Post or Organization

If the organization is not a Section 501(c)3, its project must be for a purpose such as educational, civic, public, charitable, patriotic, or religious uses, and the funds for the project must be accounted separately from the organizations other funds. Information and proof necessary to satisfy the Board of Directors that any funds to be granted will be, or has been, used for a purpose as defined herein may be required.

The Internal Revenue Service recognizes and accepts the following sources to verify an organizations’ tax exempt status. Organizations can verify their Section 501(c)3 eligibility and good standing here. (links will open in new window)


  1. The organization’s project must be physically located within Clinton County, Iowa.
  2. The organization must not illegally discriminate on the basis of any protected class of persons as described by state or federal anti-discrimination laws.
  3. The organization must be in compliance with the terms and purposes of any prior grant from the Clinton County Development Association.  If the organization has violated the terms of any prior grant, the organization will be considered ineligible until such time as the violation has been cured.
  4. When applying under a group exemption letter, applicants must provide the IRS-issued EIN for the applicant organization whenever such number varies from the number listed on the IRS Chapter 501(c) group exemption letter.  Organizations applying for grant funds under an IRS-recognized group exemption (umbrella) must also include a letter from the umbrella organization acknowledging that its non-profit status is being used by a local group for a CCDA grant.

Ineligible Organizations

To be eligible for a grant from the Clinton County Development Association, an organization must submit an application that is not described by any of the following:


  1. Applications which benefit specific individuals, including education scholarships

  2. Applications which benefit the individual members of an eligible organization.
  3. Applications which request funds to cover operational costs.
  4. Applications which request funds to make up for deficit spending.
  5. Applications which request funds to salvage any program or organization.
  6. Applications which request funds to retire an organization’s debt.
  7. Applications which request funds to support any private for-profit enterprise.
  8. Applications which request funds to be used directly or indirectly in political campaigns to support or oppose any candidate.
  9. Applications which request multiple-year grants. (See instead Policy #618 Special Requests)
  10. Applications receiving funding in one respective “Fund” will not be accepted as duplicate applications in another respective “Fund.”  This section does not apply to those multi-year projects for which subsequent grant applications are for a separate component of the overall project.
  11. Applications that are not in compliance with the requirements of the section Eligible Organizations paragraphs A through E above.