Grant Application

Application Guidelines


The Wayne Community Foundation (WCF) was established in 1999, to create a permanent tax-exempt entity to receive and distribute funds for the benefit of the Wayne County Community. The Foundation receives, invests and disburses funds for any charitable purpose that proves beneficial to the citizens of Wayne County. Volunteers serving on the Board of Directors from all areas of the county administer the Foundation. Individuals, families, businesses, community organizations, and others may contribute to the Foundation. The Foundation is an organization designed to assist and benefit the citizens of Wayne County. The Wayne Community Foundation is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

Wayne Community Foundation is pleased to receive funds from County Endowment Funds to award to non-profit organizations within Wayne County.

Who May Apply

The Grant Award Program is open to Wayne County organizations holding a proper IRS Section 501(c)(3) designation or equivalent tax-exempt status. Grant monies may only be used for projects within Wayne County.

  • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is not to be confused with your Federal ID number or State Sales Tax exemption number.
  • Individual schools, churches, and volunteer fire departments may not have a separate tax-exempt certificate. They are either exempt by law or fall under blanket exemption because of their ties to a municipality.
  • Only one application per 501(c)(3) or equivalent tax-exempt status will be accepted, unless applicant falls under the exemption of a municipality or taxing entity, and carries a separate identifiable budget.
  • Previous grant recipients who have not completed the final grant report or received approval for an extension, will not be eligible for grant funding the following year.