By Andrea Pingel

The Benton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, will be hosting a public grant writing workshop on Tuesday, January 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the Van Horne Community Center at 508 1st Avenue in Van Horne for anyone who wishes to learn more about BCCF grant opportunities.

Workshop attendees will hear from Dotti Thompson, Program Manager for the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Thompson will lead a step-by-step training of the entire grant process and provide grant writing tips. Question and answer time will also be allotted. If unable to attend, a six-minute video is available at

The 2017 BCCF grant cycle will begin on January 1, 2017 with an application deadline of March 15, 2017. The Governing Committee will look favorably upon programs, projects and organizations that contribute, in a significant way, to improve the quality of life for residents of Benton County. Grant requests should fit into one of the following categories: art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service.

2017 grant applications and guidelines will be made available online at on January 1, 2017 or information may be obtained by contacting CFNEIA’s Dotti Thompson at 319-243-1358 or

Interested individuals may also view last year’s Benton County Community Foundation grant guidelines and procedures, and other Foundation information at

The Benton County Community Foundation is a local organization making grants to organizations creating a stronger and more vibrant quality of life in Benton County and helps people establish permanent funds for the causes they care about in their community. The Benton County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, a non-profit committed to creating long-term impact in 20 Iowa counties. For more information, con-tact 319-287-9106 or visit CFNEIA is confirmed in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.