Funding to inspire and transform young people.


Photo by Katrina Hemann, Waterloo Schools.



Looking for funding? Our grant process can get you there!

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We’re about people, not just forms.

It’s about relationships and community to us. Call, join one of our workshops—even if your project isn’t ready for funding. We’d love to learn about what you’re doing.

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A smooth and self-explanatory grant process.

Your time is best spent moving your project forward—the work that is most important to you. We want your interaction with us to be streamlined with straightforward next steps.

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Application Advice.

Only 3/10 grant seekers receive funding from McElroy. Put your best foot forward with guidance from our experts.



The grant seeking process can be time consuming and frustrating. You deserve a straightforward process.

  1. Attend one of our live workshops.

    Can’t meet us live, watch for the webinar launching in 2019.

  2. Double check the grant rules and learn about our strategy.

    Before you take your first step in the grant process double check that your project or program aligns with our point of view.

  3. Complete the letter of intent.

    Give us a summary of the project or program you’re requesting funding for. How does your project inspire and transform young people in Northeast Iowa? This step helps us know if you’re a good match for us. Preview the questions here.

  4. Fill out our grant application

    You’re almost there! Now it’s time to get down to the details. This is your opportunity to teach us about the amazing work you do for the community. Filling out a form can only tell us so much, but we want it to be painless for you. Preview the questions here.

    And remember, we’re always here to help. Don’t hesitate to call if you need guidance or advice on your application.