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Applications are due by June 1, 2023, to the Clarinda Foundation office.

The Clarinda Foundation Grant Applications for 2023 will be posted here on our website effective April 15, 2023.  Applications can also be obtained at the Foundation Office located at 114 E. Washington Street.  Organizations applying must be deemed a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, educational institution or government entity within the greater Clarinda area. If you are an Iowa nonprofit entity, but not federally certified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, you may apply with the approved use of a Fiscal Sponsor that has the certified 501(c)(3) designation.  This Fiscal Sponsor will act on your organization’s behalf for this grant application and request. In addition, the organization’s governing board must approve all applications prior to submission. (NOTE: PUBLIC LIBRARIES, FIRE DEPARTMENTS, COUNTY EXTENSION, COUNTY CONSERVATION, FAIR BOARDS, ETC. ARE AMONG THOSE THAT REQUIRE A FISCAL SPONSOR.  IN THESE CASES, THE CITY OR THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MAY BE USED AS A FISCAL SPONSOR.)

The Clarinda Foundation Board of Directors asks that all organizations interested in applying review the following eight qualities of exemplary proposals when considering making application:


The proposal bristles with enthusiasm, urgency and passion.  It suggests a group of people who can barely contain their eagerness to begin working. The Board members as readers want to feel inspired and excited by the organization’s plans.


The grant seeker has informed alliances with other organizations to advance their mutual goals.  The people served by the proposed project have participated in its planning.  All involved parties appear more interested in getting results than carving out turf.


The proposal reflects the organization’s genuine priorities rather than being one of many programs it is currently juggling.  The grant seekers demonstrate their willingness to invest their own unrestricted resources in the project.  Rather than moving on to a new endeavor in the near future, the organization is committed to continuing the project.


The proposal is clear about what the organization wants to do, why it is important and how it will be carried out and evaluated.


The proposal’s authors should know what they are talking about.  Their plans reflect a deep understanding of the problem they are addressing.  They are aware of similar efforts that have been undertaken in the past.  Their theoretical knowledge is tempered by time-tested experience in the field.  They inform their practice with solid theory and continue their own professional development despite the demands of their daily work.


The organization is less concerned with underwriting its own needs than improving society.  The project’s goals are indisputably worth striving for, and the target group is appropriate.


The problem’s complexity is matched by the sophistication of its proposed solution.  The grant seekers’ thinking reflects a comprehensive strategy, rather than a piecemeal approach.


 A well-designed, ongoing evaluation reflects the group’s commitment to getting results.  The project has the potential for achieving a wider impact if it is replicated elsewhere in the future.

The Clarinda Foundation awards these grants with funds that have been contributed to the Clarinda Foundation through bequests and individual contributions.  Individual contributions include: establishment of a fund with the Foundation; participation in the Foundation’s Share with Clarinda program; memorial gifts to the Foundation’s Book of Honor; or undesignated contributions to the Foundation.  We are here for our community and the residents.  To learn more or discuss options in which to make a tax-deductible contribution to our community through the Clarinda Foundation, please contact us.

Clarinda Foundation Grant History

Since the establishment of the Clarinda Foundation in 1986 approximately $1,312,000 has been awarded throughout the greater Clarinda area.  The existence of many local amenities, projects, activities, and services were reliant on Clarinda Foundation grants. 

For information regarding grants available through the Page County Foundation, click here.


Empowering the future through education.


Scholarships offered through the Clarinda Foundation vary on amounts and eligibility criteria. For details on a specific scholarship please read the scholarship descriptions. Scholarship application forms can be printed, completed, and returned to the applicable High School Guidance Counselor or to the Clarinda Foundation.  Please refer to the scholarship descriptions for additional criteria to be submitted with the application form.  The Clarinda Foundation has the right to verify all information given in any scholarship application.  The Clarinda Foundation has awarded over $800,000 in scholarships since 1991, the first year the Foundation awarded scholarships.

For the Harold and Dale McKinley Educational Scholarship, please use the  McKinley Scholarship Application Form.

Scholarship Descriptions


Armstrong Keppard Scholarship - NEW 2023

Vernon J. Baker Educators’ Scholarship

Ralph & Gladys Borden Memorial Scholarship

Ethel Brockman Nursing Scholarship

Michael Burns Memorial Scholarship

CHS Alumni Scholarship

Evelyn Herzberg Educational Scholarship

Darrell and Mary Hutchinson Vocational Scholarship

Rodney and Kay Johnston Vocational Scholarship

Hugh Loudon Agricultural/Business Scholarship

Maxine S. Loudon Scholarship

Harold and Dale McKinley Education Scholarship

George McNees Memorial Scholarship

Norm Mier Memorial Scholarship

Larry Scherf Memorial Scholarship - NEW 2023

Lowell Thomas Sweeney & Nina G. Sweeney Scholarship

Swisher Family Vocational Scholarship

Benjamin & Marilyn Tomlinson Scholarship

Charles and Lillie Tomlinson Educational Scholarship

Clarinda Veterans Scholarship

Norman & Wanda Wynn Scholarship

Scholarship Award History

Find more information on scholarships awarded in the past and past scholarship recipients: