CFGDM: Strategic Collaboration Grants

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: All fields of work

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Iowa: Dallas County, Guthrie County, Jasper County, Madison County, Polk County Show all

Location of residency: Madison County, Idaho, Counties in Iowa: Dallas County, Guthrie County, Jasper County, Madison County Show all

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NOTE: Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis until funding is depleted. Decisions will be communicated during the following timeframes: week of August 3, week of September 7, week of October 5 and week of November 2. Organizations interested in this grant program are strongly encouraged to contact the Director of Nonprofit Relations to discuss the proposal.

Strategic Collaboration Grant Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nonprofit organizations in numerous ways and has illuminated opportunities for collaborative efforts to strengthen our sector. By collectively leveraging strengths and assets, we can emerge as an even stronger region. In recognition of the critical role the nonprofit sector plays in Central Iowa’s recovery, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines has created this Strategic Collaboration Grant Program.

Priorities of this Grant Program

  • Support the development, enhancement and/or expansion of collaboration, partnership or alignment opportunities by and among organizations within or across systems.
    • Funding will support alignment or strategic partnership initiatives such as: processes to facilitate shared service agreements, joint programming efforts, co-location strategies, and other collaborative projects that contribute to the collective strength of the sector. Organizations may seek funding to navigate strategic conversations between or among organizations in the exploration of opportunities to re-align, merge, or otherwise join forces. Example: A nonprofit loses key funding to maintain staff as a result of COVID-19 and seeks to enter into a strategic partnership with another organization in fulfillment of current or modified strategic goals. Funds could support facilitation between two organizations to merge governance and operations.


  • Support cross-organizational asset mapping, system exploration or other collaborative analysis.
    • Funding may support processes to identify and leverage partnerships to collectively delve into systems and networks that could be reimagined or enhanced. Support may be provided to understand gaps and opportunities through data and other research that respond to needs and opportunities in our community related to recovery and resiliency. Projects that seek to address disparities for marginalized communities and lead to inclusive action will be prioritized. Example: A group of nonprofit organizations in arts & culture, workforce, disability services, food system, youth development, etc. engages to collectively identify resources, data/information and explore a better path forward in a post-COVID environment. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants will be made to charitable organizations with 501(c)(3) status, or governmental agencies serving a charitable purpose.
  • Funding is limited to projects that will significantly improve the Greater Des Moines community and honor the critical role the nonprofit sector plays in Central Iowa’s recovery and long-term resiliency. 


  • This program is not designed to provide funding for ongoing programming/projects, rent, lost revenue, technology or general operational expenses.


This page was last reviewed April 05, 2021 and last updated April 05, 2021