Application Deadline: May 30, 2021 11:59 p.m.
This program adopts the approach to bridge the gaps between community needs and opportunities in the City of Des Moines through partnerships with organizations successfully creating paths to economic opportunity and stability for all residents.
This can include programs focused on upskilling, small business start-up support, coaching and assistance to better understand the process, and other approaches to connecting residents with economic opportunities. It can also include outreach to specific community groups, increase language accessibility, intentional efforts to provide quality services, and any action that would contribute to creating equitable outcomes for program participants.
A total of $100,000 is dedicated to fund this grant program in its pilot phase. The intended impact of this program will increase community’s contribution to the local economy and strengthens local purchasing power.
The grant will award no less than $10,000 and no more than $50,000 to each organization to support specific expansion of or creation of actions and approaches to serve historically marginalized communities. This can include operational costs, including but not limited to program administration, printing and supplies, and training. Interested organizations will submit a budget that proposes specific line items that tie directly equitable outcomes.
You can use this pdf of the form to help you as you gather the data you need to complete the online application.
You can complete the application online HERE.
Review and Presentation
All questions from potential applicants received by May 10, 2021 , will be responded by May 17, 2021 and make the response publicly available on this web page below.
“One of the programs we are interested in using in our grant application would be to use a portion of these funds as loans or grants to minority small business owners in this community. Is this something that would be permissible through this grant?”
Yes, an initiative like you described is something that would be permissible through this grant.
Semi-Annual Reports will be required to track spending. Reports must include project activities, status update on each outcome indicator, human-interest stories or narratives, and budget utilization. The applicant must demonstrate how the funds will be used to improve the economic opportunities for Des Moines residents. This report will also be shared with the larger community.
Once funding is awarded, participants will receive 50% at the beginning of the project. After 6 months, the remaining 50% of the awarded grant will be distributed upon submission of the Semi-Annual Report.
"Would an application seeking sponsorship support for The Bias Inside Us be an eligible request? Your guidelines indicate grant awards will be announced 'July 2021.' Would funds be awarded before the exhibit opens July 10th?"
Once funding is awarded, participants will receive 50% at the beginning of the project. After 6 months, the remaining 50% of the awarded fund will be distributed upon submission of the Semi-Annual Report. All awardees are subject to an audit by the City of Des Moines during the execution of awarded funds.