Recent Leadership Grants

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

By Degrees Foundation – Connecting the Dots at North High School

A $25,000 Leadership Grant will support By Degrees Foundation (formerly known as the Des Moines “I Have a Dream” Foundation) for “Connecting the Dots at North High School”. The project will extend the Dreamer Academy model to deliver college and career readiness programming to students in the school feeder pattern of Findley Elementary, Harding Middle School and now North High School. At North, By Degrees will enhance partnerships, helping coordinate collaboration for increased student and family access to resources that encourage postsecondary achievement.  Connect.

Community Youth Concepts

A $25,000 Leadership Grant will support Community Youth Concepts (CYC) development of a high and low ropes course. The course will be located at Stowe Elementary on Des Moines’ East side, and managed by CYC, a youth development organization that engages middle and high school youth in programming directed at healthy behaviors, life skills and sense of purpose. This project is projected to serve over 2,000 youth annually across the metro with programming that emphasizes building core skills around confidence, teamwork, problem-solving and trust. It will also enhance opportunities by becoming the only wheelchair accessible high ropes course in the Midwest. Connect.