COVID-19 Nonprofit Adaptation Grants Announced

May. 11, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the daily operations of nonprofit organizations and their long-term viability. In recognition of the challenges facing the nonprofit sector, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines created the COVID-19 Nonprofit Adaptation Grant Program. Through the COVID-19 Nonprofit Adaptation Grant Program, the Community Foundation awarded over $93,000 to 26 local nonprofit organizations to support unanticipated needs as they continue critical services or to reimagine operational effectiveness for the emerging future.

The following organizations received grants through the COVID-19 Nonprofit Adaptation Grant Program:

·        African Immigrants and Refugees Transition Services

·        Al Éxito

·        Animal Rescue League of Iowa

·        Blank Park Zoo

·        Community Support Advocates

·        CultureAll

·        Des Moines Area Religious Council

·        Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

·        Easterseals Iowa

·        Gateway Dance Theatre

·        Genesis Youth Foundation

·        Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

·        Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

·        HOME, Inc.

·        IMPACT Community Action Partnership

·        Iowa College Access Network

·        Iowa International Center

·        LINK Associates

·        Orchard Place

·        Opportunity on Deck

·        Please Pass the Love

·        Science Center of Iowa  

·        Urban Dreams

·        U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants – Des Moines

·        Youth Emergency Services & Shelter of Iowa

·        YSS

“We recognize the needs of our community are great and our nonprofit sector is stepping up in big ways to address the challenges we face. The Community Foundation is pleased to be able to offer this support through the COVID-19 Nonprofit Adaptation Grant Program as we seek to make our community better together,” shares Kristi Knous, Community Foundation president.

The COVID-19 Nonprofit Adaptation Grant Program was made possible thanks to support of the Community Foundation’s Better Together Fund. Donors to the Better Together Fund give to support community needs now and into the future as identified through the Community Foundation’s grantmaking process. Facilitated by the organization’s expert staff, Grantmaking Committee and board of directors, the grant programs prioritize initiatives that respond to community trends and opportunities.