Grantmaking Priorities

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines utilizes a strategic grantmaking plan which furthers its Leadership Agenda.  Through its grantmaking and community programs, the Community Foundation is committed to allocating substantial resources towards specific strategies and outcomes.

The Leadership Agenda is reviewed annually by the Community Foundation Grantmaking Committee. Community initiatives and plans are discussed and aligned to the Leadership Agenda. Research these community plans and priorities for more information.

Highest priority is given to proposals that address one or more of the following aspects of the Community Foundation's Leadership Agenda. Applicants are strongly encouraged to articulate the proposed project's direct and aligned connection with the Leadership Agenda. Click here to download the following Leadership Agenda Goals summary. 

Eligibility Requirements

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines is committed to these priorities. Please note, these priorities are reviewed on an annual basis and may be adjusted to reflect emerging trends and issues in the community.

Grants are made only to charitable organizations or causes with 501(c)(3) status, or to governmental agencies. Geographically, funding is limited to projects that will significantly improve the Greater Des Moines community.

Applicants submitting a Leadership Grant Letter of Intent are required to speak with Community Foundation Vice President of Community Investment and Initiatives Angela Dethlefs-Trettin. Your organization will not be considered for a Leadership Grant if you have not met with Community Foundation staff.

The Community Foundation will not consider

  • Ongoing annual operating expenses
  • Grants to individuals
  • Sectarian religious programs promoting a particular faith
  • Projects not serving residents of the Greater Des Moines community

For more information

Angela Dethlefs-Trettin

Chief Community Impact Officer

Phone (515) 244-0340