Recent Leadership Grants

The Community Foundation is proud to provide Leadership Grant funding to these critical community projects.

Des Moines Public Schools – Virtual Campus

A $100,000 Leadership Grant will support Des Moines Public Schools in its effort to create an online high school called Virtual Campus, the first of its kind in Central Iowa. The project aims to increase access to courses for a variety of learners with the goal of ensuring graduation for individuals with multiple barriers. It is anticipated that 2,000 students will use the online academy as either full or part-time access to high school education. Connect.

Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families 

A $250,000 Leadership Grant will support the Evelyn K. Davis Center’s (EKD) relocation to a larger facility, in the same neighborhood, that will allow for expansion of services and an increase in the number of clients served annually. The new space also allows for additional collaborations and partnerships. The demand for services and programs through EKD has grown and the pending sale of the current property to the neighborhood grocery store will provide increased access to food in an area identified as a food desert. Connect.

MercyOne Des Moines Foundation – House of Mercy

A $100,000 Leadership Grant will support efforts to reimagine and repurpose an existing wing within the House of Mercy as a Mental Health Center for current clients, as well as the general community. The transformation of this wing will increase the number of mental health care professionals from 13 to 20. Additionally, the new facility will allow for the addition of a projected 9,000 hours of appointment times and an anticipated 900 clients in Central Iowa. Connect.