Polk County Decategorization

Community Grant Program From Polk County Decat, CPPC & MYFI

Polk Decat & CPPC is pleased to offer opportunity for local agencies, organizations, associations, and human services programs to apply for our Community Grant program. Below you will find an outline of the purpose, eligibility requirments, rules, and process for this Grant Program. Please read these guidelines thruoughly before submitting an application. If you have any questions regading the information below, or the Communty Grant Program in general, Cassie Kilgore, Polk County Decat Project & CPPC Coordinator.

(These instructions can also be found on the first page of the Grant Application Form)

Grant Program Purpose:

Polk Decategorization (Decat), Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC), and Minority Youth and Family Initiative aim to support local, free events and programs that support children and families in Iowa that could be at risk of Child Welfare or Juvenile Court System involvement. Funding decisions are guided by our Mission Statements and Areas of Emphasis. For a copy of our Mission Statements and Areas of Emphasis, click here


  • Events/programs must be free to attend or participate.
  • Event/programs must serve families and children in Polk County


  • Organizations can only apply for 1 grant per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30)
  • Applicants can apply for up to $500.00 per fiscal year


  1. Fill out the Community Grant Application. 
  2. Submit completed application to Polk Decat.
  3. Polk Decat’s Steering Committee will complete a simple majority vote over the following 7 to 10 business days.
  4. Applicants will be notified of the results of the vote. 
  5. Organizations who are successfully awarded a grant must sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) before receiving funds. 
  6. A Check will be mailed to the applicant organization within 3 to 4 weeks after the MOU has been signed.
  7. Recipient Organization will include Polk Decat, CPPC, and MFYI logos on their marketing materials for the program or event that is supported by this grant program. Decat team will provide logo file for use.
  8. Organizations are required to send a report to Polk Decat about their event, by August 31st, of the following fiscal year, which will include the following:
    • Brief Description of the Event
    • Noteworthy outcomes
    • Number of People in Attendance

Submit Applications to:
Cassie Kilgore 
Polk Decat & CPPC
Polk County River Place Bldg.
2309 Euclid Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50316


Thank you for the opportunity to support and connect with your meaningful work in our community!


      Other Grant Resources

Anthem Foundation


Grantsmanship Center 

Iowa Community Foundations 

Federal Grants 

The Groundswell Fund

Greater Des Moines Foundation

The National Reentry Resource Center

Bank of America

Costco Charitable Giving

Iowa West Foundation

Principal - Strong Communities

Us Bank - Community Possible Grants

Aldi Smart Kids Grant Program

Des Moines Public Library - Grant Resources

Bankers Trust - Grant Program

Casey's Charitable Giving

Chrysalis Foundation

Clive Community Foundation

Community Foundation Greater Des Moines

Des Moines Plymouth Church Foundation

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Iowa Women's Foundation

KLA - Tencor Foundation

Milagro Foundation

Meredith Foundation

Gateways for Growth - New American Economy

Open Society Foundations

Prairie Meadows Grant Programs

Polk County Community Grant

Foundation for Community Betterment

Public Welfare Foundation Grants

Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Starbucks Foundation

State Farm Companies Foundation

State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants

Storey Kenworthy Foundation for Giving

Sydney Stern Memorial Trust

TJX Foundation Focuses on Community Nonprofits

Walmart Foundations

Wells Fargo Bank Grant Program

West Des Moines Community Foundation Grants

Wish You Well Foundation

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

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