Grants-Leadership Grants and Capacity Building Grants, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
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The Community Foundation has two competitive grants programs made possible by contributions to the Better Together Fund: Leadership Grants and Capacity Building Grants. Applications for these grant programs are available 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 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. 

Leadership Grant Details & Application Cycle:


It is required that an organization speak with a staff member at the the Community Foundation before each Leadership Grant Letter of Intent cycle to discuss the proposal. Your Letter of Intent will not be considered for a Leadership Grant if you have not met with Community Foundation staff. Please contact Angie Dethlefs-Trettin, Chief Community Impact Officer, to Schedule a conversation. 


Capacity Building Grants

These 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. 

Capacity Building Grant Details & Cycle: 


Organizations interested in this grant program are strongly encouraged to contact Brianne SanchezDirector of Nonprofit Relations to discuss the proposal.

For more information

Brianne Sanchez, Director of Nonprofit Relations

Phone (515) 883-2629