Polk County Decategorization

Grants/Funding Opportunities for Providers



Community Grants are temporarily suppended until further notice due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please forward any questions you might have to the Polk CPPC Coordinator, Cassie Kilgore, at  ckilgor@dhs.state.ia.us. 

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Polk Decat & CPPC is pleased to once again offer the opportunity for local agencies, organizations, associations, and human services programs to apply for FY20 Community Grants! Funding can be requested to help support free events which strengthen families & protect children from abuse and neglect.

We have carefully restructured our application & evaluation process - please read through the application materials carefully before you submit your application!

Applications will be considered based on our Areas of Focus:

  • Parent Engagement & Skill- Building;
  • Trauma Informed/Resiliency Building Trainings;
  • Neighborhood Leadership;
  • Community Justice, Addressing Disproportionality, and Building Equity;
  • Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care, and Youth Transitioning to Adulthood.

These 5 Focus Areas are detailed in the in the Community Grant Application, which you can download by clicking here.

Applications will be considered by the Polk Decat Steering Committee, a 20-person Shared Decision Making Team. The Evaluation & Scoring Rubirc is included in the Community Grant Packet for transparency and so applicants can understand what evaluators will be looking for as they score applications.

To proceed, please fill out the Community Grant Application completely, and return it to: ckilgor@dhs.state.ia.us. 

Funding Requests are evaluated on a rolling basis; please expect a turnaround time of up to 2 weeks for Funding Request evaluation, and additional time (up to 3 weeks) to receive funding if your application is approved.

If you have questions about the Community Grant application or evaluation process, or need other assistance, please contact Cassie Kilgore, Polk County Decat Project & CPPC Coordinator.


Latest Funding Announcements


Grant Resources

  • IowaGrants.gov - click here
  • Grantsmanship Center - click here
  • Forms 990.Guide Star - click here
  • Iowa Community Foundations - click here
  • Federal Grants - click here
  • CD Publications Grant Directories - click here
  • The National Reentry Resource Center- click here


General/Operating Support

Bank of America

Review the community grants and sponsorships offered from Bank of America to help benefit your nonprofit organization. The grants can be used as general operating support as well.

Learn more here.

Iowa West Foundation

General Operating Grants

This type of grant can be used to support the general (administrative or core) expenses of operating an organization, including staff and other expenses such as rent, utilities, etc. All general support requests must: describe how the funding support will contribute to the organization’s sustainability; describe how the organization advances the Foundation’s strategic priorities; and, identify the organization’s strategic goals and plans for moving the organization forward.

  • General support grant applications may only be submitted by organizations located in Pottawattamie County.
  • General operating support grants are limited to a total of six (6) consecutive years. Moreover, in any eight (8) year period of time, a grantee may only receive a maximum of six (6) years of funding.
  • The Foundation will work with grantees who apply for general operating funding, annually, to develop a plan to rely less on the Foundation’s funding in subsequent years.

Principal Strong Communities: Arts, Culture, and Environment Grants (Des Moines, Iowa)

Giving back to the community is a part of our corporate culture and a direct extension of our core value of integrity.

The Principal® and the Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc., have embraced corporate responsibility by making philanthropic investments in the communities where our employees work and live. That’s why we’ve created the Community Grant Program.

Grants may be awarded in the following areas:

  • Program Support
  • General Operating Support
  • Capital Support, which requires a separate application, is awarded on a limited, case-by-case basis.

Organizational Focus: Strong Communities- Arts, Culture, and Environment

Grants may be awarded to organizations whose core focus aligns with one of the following categories:

Arts & Culture

Our contributions in arts and culture focus on promoting the arts as a key component of viable communities. Special consideration is given to programs that celebrate cultural diversity and make the arts more accessible to all audiences.

Civic, Community, & Environment

Organizations and programs funded through this focus area include quality-of-life attractions, civic betterment programs that promote the vitality of communities, and organizations that work to protect and enhance the environment

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants are available for 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.
  • Grants are available for organizations located in the community of Des Moines, Iowa, where we have a significant employee presence.


Ineligible Requests, awards are generally not made to the following:

  • Athletes or athletic organizations
  • Capital fund drives for hospitals or health care facilities
  • Conference or seminar attendance
  • Courtesy or goodwill advertising in benefit publications
  • Endowments or memorials
  • Fellowships
  • Fraternal organizations (police, fire associations, Greek letter societies)
  • Individual K-12 schools, except those where The Principal is the official business partner
  • Individuals
  • Organizations that actively discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity
  • Political parties, campaigns or candidates, partisan political organizations
  • Private foundations
  • Retirement communities or nursing homes
  • Sectarian, religious and denominational organizations, except for specific programs that are broadly promoted, available to anyone, and free from religious orientation
  • Social organizations

U.S. Bank Foundation Community Possible Grant

Community Possible is designed to embrace the diversity in our communities. We consider grant requests without regard to race, gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. While the U.S. Bank Foundation generously funds many nonprofit organizations in our communities, it's impossible to fund every request. In order to make the most meaningful impact in our local communities, we focus our grant giving to fund economic development issues tied to Work, Home, and Play.

In 2018, the U.S. Bank Foundation will require applications for grants according to the Community Possible focus area that most closely aligns to Work, Home, Play, or our national partnerships.

Community Possible Pillar Application Cycles:

  • Play: January 1 – January 31
  • Work: April 1 – April 30
  • Home: July 1 – July 31

If you have questions about our programming focus or areas we serve, please refer to our Guidelines.

Project Grants

Aldi Smart Kids Program

ALDI Smart Kids is a program dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of the children in the communities ALDI serves. In our service area, there are ALDI stores in Johnstown, Amsterdam and Schenectady. The program supports local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing and the arts. Program support ranges from monetary donations to ALDI gift cards, in amounts from $100 to $5000.

Eligible organizations must have a 501(c)(3) to qualify. Applications are accepted through an online form between February 1 and December 15 each year and are awarded on a rolling basis. Visit https://corporate.aldi.us/en/corporate-responsibility/aldi-smart-kids/ for complete details and links to the application.

Bankers Trust

Bankers Trust strongly believes in supporting organizations that strengthen the communities we serve. We give more than $1 million annually in charitable contributions. Adding to this, Bankers Trust employees volunteer approximately 13,000 hours of service each year.

Bankers Trust partners with a diverse range of organizations to enhance our community impact. Funding priority is given to organizations or programs that fall within the following impact areas:


  • Supports economic development, affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization and community services targeted to low income individuals and families.


  • Promotes organizations and activities that enhance quality of life with an emphasis on multicultural and other inclusive initiatives.


Maximizes employees’ impact on our community as they volunteer or make personal financial contributions.

Charitable Giving Review Deadlines

  • March 1
  • June 1
  • September 1
  • December 1

Download application here. For more information, please contact:

Christina Jarck

Marketing Events Coordinator

(515) 245-2993 • CJarck@BankersTrust.com

453 7th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Casey's Charitable Giving

Request Eligibility (Restrictions):

Casey's General Stores, Inc. does not provide contributions to:

  • Individuals seeking assistance for trips, including school sponsored events
  • Research projects, assessments or special studies
  • Adult sport teams
  • Scholarships
  • Pageants
  • Educational attendance or behavior rewards

Request Process:

We require a Contribution Request Form to be filled out online in its entirety. Organizations seeking a multi-year pledge or high dollar contribution will need to include the total cost of the project and how much money has been raised thus far. Casey's prefers that communities raise at least 60 percent of their total funding before soliciting a contribution from us.


All requests must follow the guidelines listed below to receive serious consideration:

  • Request must be submitted at least 20 business days prior to the date for which the donation is needed.
  • Request must be submitted online only. All requests must be received on the Form provided.
  • E-mail and telephone requests will not be given any consideration.
  • Submit one request regardless of whether you wish to receive donations from several store locations.
  • Due to the high volume of requests we receive, refrain from calling the Corporate Headquarters or our stores to check on the status of a previously requested donation.
  • Checks will only be made payable to organizations and events, not individuals.
  • All requests, whether approved or declined, will be responded to in timely fashion assuming complete contact information is included on the request.

Chrysalis Foundation

Rapid Response Grants

Rapid Response Grants are available to nonprofit organizations year-round, funding up to $500 for unforeseen, immediate, or time-sensitive needs of nonprofit organizations.  Priority will be given to needs that identify measurable results and are most likely to ensure success.

Community Partner Grants

Chrysalis invests in the safety, security, education, and economic empowerment of girls and women in our community through grant partnerships with agencies and services that are vital to the success of women and girls in our community. Every year, we will award a limited number of Community Partner (Operating) grants to organizations in Polk, Warren, and Dallas Counties who are aligned with our mission and priorities.

Check the latest grant opportunity with Chrysalis Foundation here!

Clive Community Foundation

Since 2013, the Clive Community Foundation (CCF) has operated under the mission of igniting philanthropy through education, advocacy and pride in our beautiful, safe and distinct city. CCF has improved quality of life for Clive residents and businesses by promoting charitable giving and connecting donors with causes about which they care. This work includes three core areas of focus:

3 Core Focus Areas:

  • Quality of Life Initiatives – support for public art, parks and trails, and educational programming.
  • Health & Wellness – food assistance, nutrition education and health management resources.
  • Community Collaboration – partnering with civic organizations, neighboring cities and foundations, and other non-profits that share our mission.

Apply here

Community Foundation Greater Des Moines

Community Foundation grant applications for Leadership Grants and Capacity Building Grants are available for completion through an online web portal called Manage My Grants. For instructions on how to use Manage My Grants click here. To obtain a user name and password for Manage My Grants, please contact the Community Foundation by email or at 515-447-4219.

Leadership Grants

The Community Foundation plays a key role in providing significant funding to leadership projects that strengthen Greater Des Moines by proactively responding to community trends and opportunities. This grant program seeks to create "tidal waves" around community issues. Click here to review the Grantmaking Priorities.

Capacity Building Grant

Capacity Building Grants seek to strengthen an organization in an area related to governance or management and provide capacity support for a collaborative initiative/effort to enhance systemic support around a community issue or priority. The following is an overview of requested information within the Capacity Building Grant application process. Capacity Building Grants are given throughout the year and can be requested at any time.

Check the latest grant opportunity with Community Foundation Greater Des Moines here!

Des Moines Plymouth Congregational Church

The Des Moines Plymouth Congregational Church conducts two special offerings grants each year. One is at Christmas and the other Easter. The purpose of these grants is to support metro area non-profit organizations that enhance the lives of our neighbors in need.

This year Plymouth is seeking grant applications from non-profit organizations with projects that include one of the following goals:  (1) ease racism, (2) relieve the burden of excessive incarceration, (3) support immigration, and (4) seek to help those affected by mental illness.

The grant application can also be found on Plymouth's web site. Click here find out more.

Grant allocations do not usually exceed $5,000, depending on the size of the special offering.

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Youth Development Fund helps grantees build the infrastructure and evidence they need to expand and help economically disadvantaged youth, ages 9-24, get an education, find a good job, and avoid teen parenthood and crime.

Blue Meridian Partners, a collaboration of 10 philanthropic institutions and individuals incubated at EMCF, plans to invest at least $1 billion in scaling high-performing nonprofits poised to have a national impact on children and young people, ages 0-30.

PropelNext helps promising nonprofits improve their collection and use of data to produce better outcomes for youth.

Visit here to learn more how to apply here.

EMCF, Blue Meridian Partners and PropelNext do not accept unsolicited proposals, but they are eager to learn about your organization if it is:

  • A stand-alone nonprofit 501(c)(3) with a history of service to youth from low-income communities in the U.S.
  • Financially viable, with a budget greater than $1,000,000

Check the latest grant opportunity with Edna McConnell Clark Foundation here!

Good Sports

Physical Activity Grants, from Good Sports, give all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to community programs and schools. Good Sports aims to increase the total amount of kids that are active, enhance a program’s ability to maintain the athletes they currently serve, lower participation fees and develop new programs. The application deadline is rolling.

KLA-Tencor Foundation

The KLA-Tencor Foundation Grant Program, from KLA-Tencor, strives to make a positive and lasting impact on people’s lives and encourage others to take action as well. The program invests in creative ideas that support educational programs and institutions with an emphasis on STEM, health and wellness programs/providers and local community enrichment programs.The application deadline is rolling.

Milagro Foundation 

Supports underrepresented, underserved and under supported children around the world in the areas of the education and health. Funding will occur three times/year. In the winter funding cycle, Milagro will concentrate on Health grants. In the fall, funding will focus on Education grants. Learn more here.

Find grantees in your local area, here

Meredith Foundation

We require strategic focus, collaborative and innovative problem solving and proof of effectiveness from the organizations we fund. As a general rule, we do not support or sponsor fund-raising events and sports or health-related programs. While the majority of our discretionary giving is focused in the Des Moines community, our employee matching gift program directs funds to organizations that are important to our work force.

Arts and Culture
Because we believe the arts are essential both to the quality of life and the economic strength of a community, we support a variety of arts organizations and programs. Our emphasis is on helping to ensure that the arts are accessible to all residents, including children, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged, and in helping art organizations build audiences and market their programs.

The focus in the education portion of our giving program is on specific journalism schools, particularly those with strong magazine programs. We may also fund select graphic design and business programs.

Human Services
Contributions to human services are focused on non-profit organizations within the Des Moines, Iowa community. ‚Äč

We have two time periods each year for submitting proposals. They are January 15 through March 15, and July 15 through September 15. The committee meets in April and October.

Click here to learn how to apply

National Resource Center for Reaching Victims

Reaching Victims Mini-Grant program, will fund up to 10 projects, with awards up to $50,000, that seek to better identify, reach, and/or serve victims from communities that are frequently underrepresented in healing services and avenues to justice. Applications are due by October 12, 2018.

New American Economy and Welcoming America

Gateways for Growth Challenge, from New American Economy and Welcoming America, includes tailored research, direct technical assistance, and matching grants to support the development and implementation of strategic plans for welcoming and integrating new Americans. A FAQs webinar will be held on October 10th from 2-3 EST. Applications are due by November 19, 2018.

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations award grants, scholarships, and fellowships throughout the year to organizations and individuals who share Open Society values. We look for grantees who have a vision and whose efforts will lead to lasting social change. Visit OSI website to find out more.

Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant Program

Funding small-to-medium sized projects with grants ranging from $100 to $99,999, Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grants support qualified organizations seeking to improve the lives of people in their communities. From funding meals for hungry children and an essential free medical clinic, to renovating schools and improving city parks, we are proud to help improve the lives of many Iowans.

Learn more here.

Polk County Community Grant

Cummunity Betterment Grant

A Community Betterment Grant is a funding opportunity for local service organizations seeking financial assistance below $5,000 for projects or programs.

Community Development Grant

A Community Development Grant is a funding opportunity for local service organizations seeking financial assistance in excess of $5,000 for projects or programs. To be eligible for a Community Development Grant, the applicant organization must have an Internal Revenue Service designation as being a non-profit entity.

Apply for a grant here.

Public Welfare Foundation

The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. We focus on three program areas: Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Workers’ Rights. See the guideline here.

Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation

The Swett Foundation primarily funds programs for troubled youth as well as orphaned children, including the promotion of their adoption. Other areas of focus will be considered. No deadlines. Visit the Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation for more information.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds program and policy initiative in four ares which are each critical to health equity - enabling everyone in our nation to live a healthier life. View active funding opportunities here.

  1. Health Systems
  2. Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight
  3. Healthy Communities
  4. Heath Leadership

Starbucks Foundation

Starbucks and The Starbucks Foundation support programs that equip young people (ages 16 to 24) with the skills required for the changing global economy. Learn more here.

State Farm Companies Foundation

State Farm® supports the communities where we live and work through partner grants, Good Neighbor Citizenship® company grants, and the State Farm Companies Foundation. Learn more here.

  • State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants

Every year, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board funds up to $5 million to youth-led service learning projects to solve issues important to State Farm and communities across the United States. Grant requests can range anywhere from $25,000 - $100,000, and are completed online ONLY through the Youth Advisory Board website, found here. Please be aware they do not accept YAB member applications or service-learning grant applications this year. Please check back later.

  • State Farm® Partner Grants Empower Youth and the Community

Please learn more here

State of Iowa Bid Opportunities - Visit HERE

Storey Kenworthy Foundation for Giving

The Storey Kenworthy Foundation for Giving Grant seeks to provide selected nonprofit organizations with financial assistance to further programming for the betterment of our local communities.  We support organizations whose mission aligns with our core giving priorities and demonstrate fiscal and social responsibility through quantifiable and measurable practices.

The Storey Kenworthy Foundation for Giving will award five $5,000 grants per calendar year.

Visit here to learn more

TJX Foundation Focuses on Community Nonprofits

Deadlines: Feb. 24, June 23 and Oct. 20.

The TJX Foundation, the giving effort of the TJX Companies that include TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods, focuses its charitable giving on programs that provide basic-need services to disadvantaged women, children and families in communities in areas of operation.

Funding priorities include:

  • Civic/Community: These funds go to programs that teach disadvantaged persons independent living skills, and improve race and cultural relations.
  • Domestic Violence Prevention: These grants support immediate emergency services and shelter accommodations for victims and family members affected by abusive situations as well as programming that works to break the cycle of violence.
  • Education: The foundation supports programs that provide academic and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged, including early-intervention, mentoring, tutoring, GED, English as a Second Language and college coursework.
  • Health: The foundation supports programs that provide early and comprehensive prenatal services and healthy baby education. Consideration for funding is also given to medical research that furthers the treatment of or eliminates the impact of, congenital or chronic diseases.
  • Social Services: Disadvantaged children and families are the chief beneficiaries of these contributions. Funds go to programs that strengthen the family unit, along with the parent-child relationship, offer food and clothing assistance, provide counseling, youth development or adoption services. The foundation considers programs that directly help those with mental or physical impairments, too.

Competition is open to private nonprofits located across the country; with an emphasis on areas with TJX companies. To determine whether you qualify, fill out the foundations eligibility questionnaire at http://tinyurl.com/276kq28 before submitting a proposal.

The foundation attempts to help as many nonprofits as possible -- it made more than 1,000 grants in 2009.

Info: For more on the foundation, http://www.tjx.com/corporate_community_foundation.asp.

USCIS Grant Program Reaches Out to Smaller Organization

Please read blog post here to learn more. Visit USCIS program website here.

For additional information on the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, please contact the USCIS Office of Citizenship at citizenshipgrantprogram@uscis.dhs.gov or visit uscis.gov/grants.

To learn more about applying for federal funding opportunities, visit grants.gov or call 800-518-4726.

USCIS has announced a grant opportunity for citizenship classes

There has been mention of completing a joint/cross agency application.  If your organization is interested in collaborating, please let me know and I will be happy to connect you.  Please see the link below for more details.   


Walgreens Contribution

Funding Categories
Organizations seeking funding should have a specific focus on improving:

  • Access to health and wellness in their community
  • Pharmacy education programs and mentoring initiatives
  • Civic and Community outreach
  • Emergency and Disaster Relief

Health is our major area of focus, and the largest share of our annual budget is allocated to programs that address the health needs of our patients.

Learn more here.

Walmart Foundation

Community Grant Program

Before applying, please note:

  • Application may be submitted at any time during the current funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain pending in our system for 90 days.
  • Awarded grants range from $250 to $5,000.

Organizations applying must meet one of the following criteria:

  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed in the IRS Master File that conduct activities in the United States.
  • A recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes;
  • A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or
  • A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large such as food pantries, soup kitchens, clothing closets, etc.
  • All organizations must verify that they meet the eligibility requirements. This may require submitting a support ticket through Cybergrants.
  • Applications must be completed in full and submitted online to be considered.
  • Submitting an online application does not guarantee funding.
  • The facility manager and the grant administrator reserve the right to adjust the amount awarded to each organization without prior notice.

Please read the Community Grant Guidelines before beginning your application.

Apply now

Wells Fargo Bank

Organizations in Central Iowa (Polk, Dallas, and Warren Counties)

  • Community Engagement: January 1st - February 15th
  • Education: January 1st - April 15th
  • Community Development: January 1st - July 15th
  • Human Services: January 1st - October 15th

Event Sponsorship (a non-marketing sponsorship request)

Wells Fargo often sponsors fundraising events and community fairs, or purchases tables at such events. Applications for event sponsorships are accepted from January 1st through October 15th and will be reviewed monthly. Please apply with a minimum of 60 days prior to the event for consideration.

Apply now!

Organizations outside of Central Iowa, check out here.

West Des Moines Community Foundation Grants

Grants are available to 501(c)3 organizations and government entities serving the West Des Moines community. Grant selections are made in an effort to create a better quality of life for people in West Des Moines. The local governing committee reviews the applications from charitable organizations serving their community.

Grant Applications Due: first day of each quarter(January, April, July, and October)

A response of Accepted or Denied or More Information Needed will be returned within 30 days. Click here to download the grant application.

Wish You Well Foundation

Family Literacy programs, from The Wish You Well Foundation, provide support to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States, specifically the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. The deadline to apply is rolling.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

View available grants for "educated kids", "healthy kids", and "secure familes" here

To be eligible for support, your organization or institution, as well as the purpose of the proposed project, must qualify under regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Services. As a result, W.K. Kellogg Foundation is not able to provide funding directly to individuals.

Youth Service Amercia | Youth Changing the World

Many grants for empowering youth are available currently. Please learn more here.

Research Grants


Grant Funding