COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS

the 2022 community impact grants
application cycle is now closed

Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) announced that its 2022 Community Impact Grants Cycle is now open. Community Impact Grants range from $500 to $5,000 and are available to nonprofit organizations and governmental entities who are doing innovative and meaningful work throughout Pottawattamie County. Projects and programming must meet an identifiable need in the County and align with the Community Foundation’s mission to improve the lives of all County residents.

PCCF utilizes an online grants center application system, and through the platform, applicants can set up an organization account to create applications, save drafts, complete reports, and access their granting history.

“We are excited to launch this year’s Community Impact Grants application process,” said Donna Dostal, president and CEO of PCCF. “Pottawattamie County is full of exceptional organizations with programming and services designed to create true impact in our region. We are always astonished by the proposals and what our local nonprofit leaders are passionately working on to enhance our community. We are excited to receive requests for this year’s granting cycle.”

Grant applications should be submitted via the online portal by 11:59pm on March 31. The Foundation’s Impact Grants Committee – a group of county residents and board members – will review applications in April, and grant award recipients will be notified later this spring.

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.

GRANTING CRITERIA
Projects are selected based on:

  • The project's focus on a specific issue

  • Ability to meet a clear, identifiable need in Pottawattamie County

  • Creativity

  • 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 info@ourpccf.org if you have further questions.

past community impact grant recipients
2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018

Community Foundation for western iowa Awards $60,040 to Organizations in Largest Impact Grants Funding Cycle to-Date

MAY 28, 2021

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 2021 grant award recipients. After a thorough evaluation process, the grants committee – a group of county residents and board members – elected to award 40 Community Impact Grants totaling $60,040 to area nonprofit and city organizations, a 10% increase in available grants from the 2020 grant cycle.

The Community Foundation received an impressive 57 grant proposals totaling $218,000 in project requests, with total project budgets combined at an astonishing $8.8 Million, a true testament to the incredible work that is being done in our community.

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