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Leadership Grant

Grants to Greater Des Moines, Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies
for Community Improvement and Support for the Underserved

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines (CFGDM)

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 4:00 PM


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Grants starting at $25,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects that will improve the Greater Des Moines area. Prospective applicants must speak with Foundation staff before applying. Funding areas include arts and culture, education, community betterment, social capital, health, strengthening individuals and families, and workforce development.

Leadership Grant applications will be considered for projects that:
- Advance the Community Foundation's Grantmaking Priorities.
- Include evidence of a strong statement of community need and extensive community support and endorsement, demonstrated by a broad donor base and community buy-in.
- Expand existing, high performing programs.
- Demonstrate significant community impact, are broad and wide-reaching in nature, and are inclusive of the entire Greater Des Moines community.
- Show evidence of long-term community planning for the project and an organizational strategic plan that has included the effort.
- Include a well-developed plan for evaluating success. Grant recipients may be asked to present project results to the Community Foundation Grantmaking Committee.
- Have an achievable plan to sustain the project well beyond the grant period.
- Recognize and celebrate the community's diversity and provide access for underserved populations. Show planning for outreach and accessibility to underserved populations.
- Demonstrate evidence of sufficient planning and organizational capacity to suggest a good opportunity for success.
- Show strong probability for leveraged funding from other sources.
- Include an opportunity for the Community Foundation to participate in a "signature" program or project within the
scope of the entire project.

Funding will be most favorably considered for proposals that:
- Align with the Community Foundation's Grantmaking Priorities (see Supporting Documents below).
- Connect to one or more community visions/plans.
- Build social capital.
- Are collaborative in nature.
- Are sustainable to ensure community impact
- Are positioned to leverage additional resources and support
- Have not received a Leadership Grant in the prior year.
- Have committed to meeting the Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence identified by the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center.

Specific examples of projects eligible for Leadership Grants include:
- Projects that address a critical issue and build community connections and partnerships.
- New or enhanced programs and projects that will be the result of an expansion or building project.
- Expansion of high performing, results-driven programs.
- Seed funding for long-term community betterment project (i.e. annual festival).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147334

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no limit on the amount of funding organizations can request, however, the range of grants is typically $25,000-$250,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made only to charitable organizations or causes with 501(c)(3) status, or to governmental agencies serving a charitable purpose. Geographically, funding is limited to projects that will significantly improve the Greater Des Moines community. It is not the Community Foundation's practice to fund completed projects or proposals.

The Community Foundation will not consider:
- Ongoing annual operating expenses or continued program funding.
- Grants to individuals.
- Sectarian religious programs promoting a particular faith.
- Projects not serving residents of Greater Des Moines.
- Proposals submitted by organizations that have not met with Community Foundation staff regarding the project during the current grant cycle.

Pre-Application Information:

It is required that organizations speak with the Community Foundation’s Chief Community Impact Officer, Angela Dethlefs-Trettin, before each Leadership Grant Letter of Intent cycle to discuss the proposal.

Your Letter of Intent will not be considered for funding if you have not met with Community Foundation staff prior to submission each cycle.

Leadership Grant Application Timeline:
- Spring Cycle: Letter of Intent (LOI) due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019
- Fall Cycle: Letter of Intent (LOI) due by 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Community Foundation will notify applicants on the status of their proposals within 45 business days of being received. Proposals that advance in the process will receive further instructions at that time.

Grantmaking Priorities:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Before applying, contact:

Angela Dethlefs-Trettin
Chief Community Impact Officer
Phone: (515) 244-0340

Register and submit an LOI online:

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
1915 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 883-2626
Fax: (515) 309-0704

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Greater Des Moines