Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs and events that benefit community residents. Priority funding is intended to support programs that have a broad-based appeal to the community and that provide a special community benefit. Funds awarded must be used to benefit the general public. Eligible applicants serve the City of Ames.
Each year, the City of Ames provides funding for programs and activities that meet certain criteria and that fulfill a public purpose. Preference will be given to requests that achieve the following criteria, listed in order of priority:
A program or activity that would otherwise be operated by the City at a greater cost
Requests that have broad-based appeal to the community, demonstrated by the number of participants
Requests that provide a unique benefit or service to the community
- Funds may only be awarded to an organization with a Tax ID number for non-profit activities
- Funds provided are to be used towards an event or service that is open to the whole community
- ISU organizations requesting funds must be recognized by the Student Activities Center, and any event funded must be open to the public and approved by the ISU Events Authorization Committee.
Expenses ineligible for funding include: capital improvements, administrative expenses, building renovations, replacement of funding that no longer exists, debt service, anything excluded from purchase through the City’s Purchasing Policies (such as alcohol), support for a particular political party, candidate, or platform, general fundraising, organizational dues, memberships, or anything that violates local, state, or federal laws.
Grant applications are due to the City Manager's Office no later than November 15 of each year. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 15 to be considered for funding.
The applications are reviewed by a committee, which makes recommendations for the City Council's approval in February during the City's annual budget preparation process. Requests for funding may be considered at other times of the year in the event that an unforeseen need or opportunity arises that could not be fulfilled during the normal application timeline.
Grant awards can make up no more than 50% of the project revenues. Applicants must demonstrate efforts to seek funding from non-City sources. City funds from other sources (direct contributions or grants) are ineligible as match revenues.
Grant awards are paid by the City on a reimbursement basis for tasks completed.
Term of Contract
Funds awarded by the City Council in February will be available for activities starting July 1 and concluding within one year (by June 30).