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 now offering two $10,000 “high impact” grants
- Apply: Due March 1, 2019. 2019 grant application posted here: 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: Due February 28, 2019. 2019 applications available 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, 2019. Apply online at: https://keepiowabeautiful.com/grants-awards/paint-iowa-grant/
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
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 22,2019; Small MATCH grants due June 7, 2019. Application info here: https://www.wellmark.com/foundation/rfps.html
Community Gardens Mini-Grants
- Purpose: Fund community gardens in Polk, Warren or Dallas County
- Amount: $500-$1,500
- Apply: Due February 18, 2019. 2019 applications available: https://www.unitedwaydm.org/gardens-rfp-2019
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
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.
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 was November 1. 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 (Due Feb)
- 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:
- Keep Iowa Beautiful Grant Toolbox: https://keepiowabeautiful.com/coaches-resources-home/grant-toolbox/
- This list of grant opportunities put together by our friends at the Warren County Economic Development Corporation (WCEDC): List of Grant Ideas for Hometown Pride committees
- 15 Grant Writing Tips (also from WCEDC)
Don’t forget the power of local fundraising! Iowans give $7 billion to charity each year.