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Community Foundation of Des Moines County Grants

In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.

CFDMC Grants

Apply for a Grant

2024 Community Foundation of Des Moines County Grant will open January 15, 2024.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2024.

2024 Quick Guide:

  • Grant Report for 2023 recipients due by: February 23, 2024

  • Grant applications open: January 15, 2024

  • Grants available range from: $500-$2,500

  • Applications due by:            March 1, 2024

  • Grant Winners Notified By: March 15, 2024

  • Grant Ceremony: TBD

  • Email Grant Applications to:

Every year, the Community Foundation of Des Moines County distributes grants to area nonprofits. The 2024 Grant Submission will open for submissions on January 15.

The Community Foundation of Des Moines County Board of Directors has the responsibility of approving grants.

Rules & Regulations for 2024


Origin and Purpose

The Grants and Due Diligence Committee is a volunteer grant committee made up of board members from the Community Foundation of Des Moines County and makes awards from various endowed funds held in trust by the Foundation through its partnership with the Keokuk Area Community Foundation.



The Community Foundation of Des Moines County makes grants only to Des Moines County 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and qualified governmental agencies.  Grants are not awarded in the following areas: annual fundraising, organizational endowment funds, deficit financing, or grants to individuals. This year, grants are available in amounts varying between $500 and $2,500.  Extraordinary amounts may be given if an exceptional need is seen by the Community Foundation of Des Moines County. Only one project per organization will be considered.



Applications and accompanying materials are due on or before Friday, March 1, 2024 (if sending by U.S. Mail, please allow time for delivery). Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.  The Foundation accepts emailed grant applications, but please confirm delivery of your email submission.

All Grant Recipients will initially be notified by March 15, 2024. Grant Recipient Grant Ceremony will be held at a date TBD. 


Grant Reports

The Community Foundation of Des Moines County (CFDMC) requires a completed Grant Report after a grant award time period has been completed. If your non-profit organization was a 2023 recipient of a CFDMC grant, you are required to submit a completed Grant Report by February 23, 2024. Your organization will not be eligible for a 2024 Grant if a Grant Report has not been received. The 2023 CFDMC Grant Report Form can be downloaded at The 2023 CFDMC Grant Report must be on file prior to submitting a new grant application.


Application Procedures

Submit the original grant application of your proposal on 8 ½” x 11” paper, or email to The application must be typed, no handwritten applications will be accepted.  Materials should not be bound, inserted in protective sleeves or prepared in other types of notebook form. Invest your time in content rather than presentation. If sending via U.S. Mail, do not fold the application materials, please mail in a catalog envelope of sufficient size. Letters of support are accepted to verify project need and collaboration with other organizations.


Please include one (1) copy of the grant applicant’s up-to-date IRS determination letter establishing that the applicant is a 501 (c) (3) organization or a notarized form demonstrating that the organization is a qualified exempt government agency of Des Moines County Iowa.  If the organization receives a grant, the address listed on the IRS 501 (c) (3) Determination Letter will be used in the payment (please make sure the contact information of your organization's IRS 501 (c) (3) Determination Letter is up to date).

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We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give. - Winston S. Churchill

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