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Dupaco Foundation to award $250,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations

DUBUQUE, Iowa–Dupaco Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new Nonprofit Grant Program. This annual competitive grant program provides financial support to nonprofit organizations whose mission or programs directly further one of Dupaco Foundation’s three community pillars:

  • Affordable housing and homeownership
  • Upskilling and reskilling
  • Small business development

“The Foundation accelerates the mission of Dupaco Credit Union and shares its commitment to strengthening our communities,” said Joe Hearn, Dupaco Foundation secretary and president/CEO of Dupaco Community Credit Union. “The Foundation’s goal with this grant program is to support these vital nonprofit organizations and the services they provide, working together to create greater impact and helping people build their own opportunities.”

The Foundation will award $250,000 in grants. Grant amounts are available up to $20,000, depending on scope and scale of the project. Proposals should demonstrate clear, impactful goals with measurable outcomes.

The application cycle is open now through May 31, 2024. Grants will be awarded in July 2024. For more information and to apply, visit

Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation, also known as Dupaco Foundation (the “Foundation”), is a tax-exempt private foundation described in Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). The Foundation is a separate legal entity from Dupaco Community Credit Union (the “Credit Union”) and is governed by its own Board of Directors and officers. The Foundation was established in 2011 to honor the retirement of 47-year employee and long-time Dupaco Community Credit Union President and CEO, Robert W. “Bob” Hoefer. The Foundation is designed to carry on the Bob Hoefer tradition of providing personal financial assistance and coaching to help hardworking and financially prudent people recover from unforeseen life events and to increase their opportunities for financial stability. Learn more at