These Local and State Grants are a good match for many of our Hometown Pride projects!
Warren County Philanthropic Partnership
- Purpose: For projects in Warren County – a wide variety of project types are eligible. Great option for our Hometown Pride groups since they only fund work in Warren County!
- Amount: $5,000 grants, and one $10,000 grant available
- Apply: Grant info posted here at the end of the year: http://www.warrencountypp.org/grant-information/
Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant
- Purpose: 4 categories of projects are eligible: Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Education, Health & Human Services
- Amount: $100-$99,000. 50% match required. May not request more than 25% of total project budget.
- Apply: Applications typically available January 1, with a February due date: https://www.prairiemeadows.com/community/betterment-grants
Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant
- Purpose: Assist projects that provide recreational, cultural, entertainment and educational attractions, as well as sports tourism. (project must be available to the general public to use)
- Amount: $ amount varies. Requires 65% of project funds to be raised in order to be eligible.
- Apply: Applications accepted quarterly. Program overview here: https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/EnhanceIowa 2018 Guidelines: PDF
Build with Bags
- Purpose: Fund the purchase of items for parks or schools that are made from recycled shopping bags.
- Amount: Up to $2,000
- Apply: Due March 30th. Application guidelines at http://www.iowagrocers.com/build-with-bags-program.cfm
Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP)
- Purpose: Protect and Enhance Natural and Cultural Resources. Includes funding for city parks and open space, roadside vegetation and historic preservation.
- Amount: Varies. Max $50,000 or more depending on population.
- Apply: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/REAP/REAP-Grants City Parks and Open Space grants due August 15. Roadside Vegetation due June 1. Historic Preservation May 15.
Wellmark MATCH grants
- Purpose: For projects in Iowa that “Promote safe and healthy environments and encourage activity” and increase access to healthy foods
- Amount: Small grants up to $25,000 with 50% match. Large grants up to $100,000 with 100% match.
- Apply: 2019 information will be available mid-December. Large MATCH grants due February; Small MATCH grants due June 2019. Check here: https://www.wellmark.com/foundation/rfps.html
Paint Iowa Beautiful
- Purpose: Free paint for public service projects.
- Amount: Up to 50 gallons of paint
- Apply: Due February 15, 2019. Apply online at: https://keepiowabeautiful.com/grants-awards/paint-iowa-grant/
Carlisle Community Foundation
- Purpose: For projects in the Greater Carlisle School area
- Amount: $250-$500
- Apply: Due in the Spring. https://www.desmoinesfoundation.org/affiliates/greater-carlisle-community-foundation
Trees for Kids
- Purpose: Purchase trees and mulch to be planted on public lands or school grounds
- Amount: $1,000-$5,000
- Apply: Deadlines in March and September. http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/Forestry/Educational-Opportunities
Arts Build Communities
- Purpose: For an arts project that addresses a civic challenge or issue facing your community.
- Amount: $10,000
- Apply: Available Bi-annually. 2018 deadline is November 1. Application available at: https://www.iowaculture.gov/about-us/about/grants/arts-build-communities-grant
State and Federal money is available for trail construction through the Iowa DOT. Information below:
- State and federal recreation trails, IDOT (Federal due October; State due Jan/July) https://iowadot.gov/systems_planning/grant-programs/federal-and-state-recreational-trails
- Federal Guidelines: https://iowadot.gov/systems_planning/pdf/Federal_Rectrails_Guidelines_Info.pdf
- State Guidelines: https://iowadot.gov/systems_planning/pdf/state_rec_trail_program.pdf
- Transportation alternatives program (Due Feb)
- Warren County projects apply through CIRTPA: Central Iowa Region Transportation Planning Alliance
Other possible trail funding options include: REAP grants (for trails inside municipal boundaries, see above), Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grants (see above), City or County Governments, and local fundraising.
Additional Grants & Tips
For more ideas, check out this list of grant opportunities, put together by our friends at the Warren County Economic Development Corporation (WCEDC).
Also from WCEDC: 15 Grant Writing Tips
Don’t forget the power of local fundraising! Iowans give $7 billion to charity each year.