COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS
Community foundation for western iowa awards record $68,870 in latest-and-largest grants funding cycle
In its latest and largest Impact Grants funding cycle to-date, the Community Foundation for Western Iowa, formerly Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, is pleased to announce its 2022 Community Impact Grants award recipients. After a thorough evaluation process, the Community Impact Grants Committee – a group of county residents and board members – elected to award 40 Community Impact Grants totaling $68,870 to Pottawattamie County nonprofit and city organizations, a 15% increase in grant dollars from the 2021 grant cycle.
The Community Foundation received 64 grant proposals totaling $226,921.63 in project requests, with total project budgets combined at an impressive $1.9 Million dollars, signifying the incredible work that is being done in Pottawattamie County.
WHAT ARE COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS?
Community Grants are available to organizations whose innovative and meaningful work align with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation's mission to improve the lives of all county residents.
Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, governmental entity or church - using the funds for charitable purposes and proposing a project meeting PCCF's mission to improve the lives of all residents of Pottawattamie County - is eligible to apply.
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
2022 Community Grant applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on March 31.
Projects are selected based on:
The project's focus on a specific issue
Ability to meet a clear, identifiable need in Pottawattamie County
The operational strength of the application's organization, including project leadership
The project's ranking when compared with other applications received during the funding cycle
PCCF'S FUNDING LIMITATIONS INCLUDE:
Clinical or medical research
Contributions to capital campaigns
Organizations that practice discrimination by race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender, age, or national origin
Operating deficits or retirement of debt
Annual fund drives
Real estate acquisitions
Political projects of any kind
HOW ARE APPLICATIONS REVIEWED?
Grant applications are reviewed by staff and an independent panel of reviewers from across the county. Our Board of Directors makes all final funding decisions and awards are announced in late May.
HOW DO YOU SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?
Applications can now be submitted electronically. Please click here to learn about the Community Foundation's Online Grants Center and to begin the application process.
Please note: The Community Impact Grants program is a highly competitive process due to the limited amount of funding each year. Successful applications respond to a demonstrated or emerging community need; support effective, proven or promising solutions; build upon and maximize other community resources; and offer a clear plan for financial sustainability. The Foundation, except under unusual circumstances, does not make grants for deficit financing, fund drives, or fundraising activities. Less consideration may be given to applications from tax supported organizations. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.