SCC Press Release

Grants Available for Southern Iowa Nonprofit Organizations

Small southern Iowa nonprofit faith-based and community-based organizations located within 14 rural Iowa counties and who have interest in building and enhancing their capacity to serve Iowans most in need are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $20,000 from Strengthen Rural Iowa, a new project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 -- Strengthening Communities Fund – Nonprofit Capacity Building Program.

Only small southern Iowa nonprofit organizations located in Appanoose, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Van Buren, Wapello and Wayne counties are eligible for these grants.   Applicants must have an independent annual budget of less than $500,000 and not exist as an affiliate of an organization with a budget exceeding that amount.  Applicants must have not previously received a direct competitive Federal grant award.  Organizations must currently provide the public with at least one social service program.  Special consideration will also be given those who currently help clients with job readiness or employment, or wish to do so.

The Strengthen Rural Iowa project is designed to assist small southern Iowa nonprofit faith-based and community-based organizations increase their effectiveness and enhance their ability to provide social services, achieve greater sustainability, and create stronger collaborations through grant awards, technical assistance and training.  Technical assistance and training will aid organizations in areas of leadership development, organizational development, program development, collaboration and community engagement and evaluation of effectiveness.

Administered by the Iowa Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, 20 grants will be provided small nonprofit organizations located in the fourteen-county region.   This project cycle will be completed within a nine-month period, April – December, 2010.    

Partner organizations involved in project technical assistance and training are the Iowa Workforce Development and its regional offices, Indian Hills Community College, Southeastern Community College, Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce, Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation, and AmeriCorps*VISTA, State Office.   Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation offices throughout the fourteen-county region will also collaborate in project activity.

To be considered for grants, technical assistance and training, organizational representatives are strongly encouraged to attend one of two regional grant workshops.   These workshops will explain project objectives, grant procedures, application materials, and answer questions.   Dates, locations and times are listed below.

  • Thursday, November 19, Ottumwa, Bridge View Center, 102 Church Street, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 23, W. Burlington, Southeastern Community College Campus, Little Theater (Bldg 400, Rm 433 near Loren Walker Arena), 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Additional information about this project is available at or by contacting Daryl VanderWilt, Project Director, Strengthen Rural Iowa, at

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