The local and state grants listed below are a good match for many of our Hometown Pride projects!
Scroll down for the highlights, or click here for the full list: Grant Options for Warren County Community Groups and Cities_Updated Jan 2021
New to grant writing? Check out these resources:
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 a $25,000 “high impact” grant.
- Apply: Due March 1, 2021. Grant applications are posted here: Apply for a Grant – Warren County Philanthropic Partnership
Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant
- Purpose: 4 categories of projects are eligible: Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Education, Health & Human Services
- Amount: $100-$99,000.
- Apply: Typically due in late February. 2021 applications will be posted here: https://www.prairiemeadows.com/community/betterment-grants
Paint Iowa Beautiful
- Purpose: Free paint for public service projects.
- Amount: Up to 50 gallons of paint
- Apply: Due February 15, 2021. Apply online at: https://keepiowabeautiful.org/grants-scholarships/grants/paint-iowa-beautiful/
Iowa Foundation for Parks & Recreation Mini-Grant
- Purpose: Provide funding for leisure facilities, activities, events, or programs to promote and improve leisure opportunities and amenities for citizens in small Iowa communities.
- Amount: Up to $1,000. Requires 50% match (match may include cash, donated items or donated labor).
- Apply: Due January 29, 2021. Apply here: https://iapra.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Mini-Grant-Application-Fillable-2021.pdf
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
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: Typically due March 30th. Application guidelines at http://www.iowagrocers.com/build-with-bags-program.cfm
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: Large MATCH grants due February 27, 2021; Small MATCH grants TBA for 2021, usually due in June.
2021 Large Grant Application: https://www.wellmark.com/foundation/documents/LargeMATCHGrantApplication.pdf
Community Gardens Mini-Grants
- Purpose: Fund community gardens in Polk, Warren or Dallas County
- Amount: $500-$1,500
- Apply: Dates for 2021 have not been announced. Typically the due date is in February.
Carlisle Community Foundation
- Purpose: For projects in the Greater Carlisle School area
- Amount: $250-$500
- Apply: Typically due in March. 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: Up to $2500
- Apply: Deadlines in March and September. 2021 dates TBD. http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/Forestry/Educational-Opportunities
Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP)
- Purpose: Protect and Enhance Natural and Cultural Resources. Includes funding for city parks and open space, roadside vegetation, historic preservation and other categories.
- 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. Visit website for other due dates.
Art Project Grant (Iowa Arts Council)
- Purpose: Creation and presentation of an original work of art, arts experience or arts learning opportunity. Must demonstrate public value to Iowans through broad-based community engagement.
- Amount: $1,000-$10,000. 1:1 Match required.
- Apply: Due May 1, 2020. More information: https://iowaculture.gov/about-us/about/grants/art-project-grant
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. More information: 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
- Warren County projects apply through CIRTPA: Central Iowa Region Transportation Planning Alliance
Other possible trail funding options include: Warren County Philanthropic Partnership Trails grant (see WCPP info at top of page), REAP grants (for trails inside municipal boundaries, see REAP info above), Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grants (see above), City or County Governments, and local fundraising.
For more about building a trail, check out this quick guide: How to Get a Trail Built in Iowa – A Basic Overview
Additional Grant Resources
For more ideas, check out:
- Grant Options for Warren County Community Groups and Cities_Updated Jan 2021: Handout from our January 2020 Grant workshop.
- Grant Basics: Handout from our January 2020 Grant workshop.
- 15 Grant Writing Tips (from our friends at WCEDC)
Don’t forget the power of local fundraising! Iowans give $7 billion to charity each year.