Grants for Nonprofit Organizations

The Community Foundation has two competitive grant programs made possible by contributions to the Better Together Fund: Leadership Grants and Capacity Building Grants. Watch a recorded webinar outlining these two programs

Applications for these grant programs are available online with a login to Manage My Grants. To obtain a user name and password please contact the Community Foundation by email or at 515-447-4209. 

Leadership Grants

The Community Foundation plays a key role in providing significant funding to projects that strengthen Greater Des Moines by proactively addressing our community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities. This grant program seeks to create tidal waves of impact around community issues. Review the Grantmaking Priorities. 

Leadership Grant Details & Application Cycle

It is required that an organization meet with a staff member at the Community Foundation before each Leadership Grant Letter of Intent cycle to discuss the proposal. Your application will not be considered for a Leadership Grant if you have not met with Community Foundation staff. Please contact Brianne Sanchez, Director of Nonprofit Relations, to schedule a conversation.   

Capacity Building Grants

Capacity Building Grants seek to strengthen an organization’s effectiveness. We provide funding for strategic initiatives in areas related to governance or management and coalition development/support around a community issue or priority. 

Capacity Building Grant Details & Cycle: 

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