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As of Tuesday, November 28, 2023 we are accepting applications for our 2024 Big Grove for Good program. If the impact of your organization is primarily focused on Eastern Iowa or Central Iowa, please complete the form below.

2024 GRANT CYCLE:

Applications Open: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Applications Close:
Sunday, December 31, 2023
Organizations Notified:
February 2024

DOING GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY

Giving back to our local community is central to our mission at Big Grove Brewery. We strive to be intentional with our “good giving” and have committed the majority of our charitable efforts to focus on three core categories -- Trees, Trails, & Water: The work to enhance our recreational green spaces, benefiting both our health and well-being and reviving our environment. Equity & Equality: Working towards a diverse and equitable community while being a good human to other humans. Our Backyard: Supporting local organizations that work to make our Johnson County community a better place to live, thrive, and have opportunity.

In-Kind Donation Request

We accept in-kind donation requests throughout the year from Iowa organizations.If you are requesting a monetary donation or sponsorship please use that form.

Requests must be submitted at least 30 days in advance before your event or fundraiser to be considered. Requests submitted less than 30 days before your event or fundraiser will not be considered.

  • Donations are coordinated for local pickup at one of our brewery locations either in Solon, Iowa City, or Des Moines.
  • All requesting organizations must have 501(c)(3) status. Because we focus our efforts on 501(c)(3) cause-related efforts, requests to sponsor teams, athletes, bands, political, or religious organizations are often declined.
  • We do not make donations to personal fundraisers.
  • We are currently only accepting donation requests for Johnson, Polk, Linn, Washington, Cedar, Muscatine, Louisa, and Iowa counties.

Sponsorship Request

Sponsorship requests are evaluated on a rolling basis. Opportunities that promote liquid-to-lips and our ability to interact with fans are more highly prioritized. Funds are designated for sponsorship of both not-for profit and for-profit organizations. 

If your request makes a good partnership between our organizations, we will follow up by requesting more specific information. We promise this form will go to real people, not a robot or a black hole.

Sponsorship requests for a solo logo placement, athletics, bands, political or religious organizations are often declined to help us more fully support focused event marketing and cause-related 501(c)(3) engagement. 

And while we’d love to do everything, sometimes we just can’t. We couldn’t do half of what we do without the fans who support Big Grove. And we’re always thankful you thought of us.

Iowa City Free Lunch Program

The Free Lunch Program (FLP) began in January, 1983 with a simple mission to have an open door, a full plate, no questions asked. Over fourty years later, the program has grown to 900 volunteers serving a total of 30,177 meals in Johnson County. Over 90-percent of meals served included fruit and vegetables servings last year. 

“We gratefully received and distributed leftovers from the Thanksgiving meal hosted by Big Grove in 2021. For FLP, success is being able to maintain services in the face of rising costs, particularly rising food costs. The consistency with which FLP serves meals has made lunches a necessary staple in many guests’ diets and is taken seriously by making sure we offer nutritious foods."

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ICOR Boxing Club

Iowa City and Coralville's original boxing club (ICOR) continuously operated in the area since 2000. ICOR is a community boxing club where boxing is for everyone. ICOR has members as young as 5 up to people in their 90s. In addition to boxing training and competition, they are actively involved in the community hosting free workouts for non-profit organizations, like Big Brothers Big Sisters, UAY, and G!World. 

“Just like Big Grove's business is food and entertainment for the whole family, our business is boxing for the whole family. A partnership with your organization is a great fit.” Emily Klinefelter, USA Boxing Coach & Gym Administrator

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Central Iowa Shelter & Services

In 2022, Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS) served over 2,000 people in need of an emergency shelter and over 100 people in our affordable housing. Our community kitchen program served over 165,000 meals to people living at the Mulberry Street location. CISS is committed to providing low-barrier shelter, meals, and support services at no cost to adults experiencing homelessness, while also facilitating their move towards self-sufficiency.

“Amazing! This grant will allow us to continue to serve at a level our community needs for food security. We appreciate our ongoing partnership with Big Grove Brewery.” Melissa Alto-Kintigh, Director of Marketing & Business Development

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Rondald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa

Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Charities of Central Iowa first opened its doors on August 29, 1981 and since has served over 17,000 families throughout Iowa, many other states, and countries. The Ronald McDonald House mission is to provide stability and resources for families in Iowa/across the nation who travel far from home to get the specialized treatment their child needs in Des Moines.

"Funding through community grants like Big Grove Brewery helps us to provide a safe, comfortable home away from home for families traveling to Des Moines to seek the critical medical care needed for their children." - Brenda Miller, Executive Director

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2022 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Big Grove Brewery was honored to support this trio of Johnson County nonprofit grant recipients as part of the Big Grove for Good program in 2022.

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