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Note: This funding opportunity is no longer currently accepting applications. See below for resources to manage your grant award.

Strengthening Communities Grants provide support to organizations committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility for costs associated with the renovation and maintenance of facility infrastructure at facilities located in cities with a population of less than 28,000 as determined by the 2020 federal decennial census.

Funding for the program is made possible through an appropriation of $250,000 by the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs through the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund. The program is administered by the Iowa Arts Council on behalf of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

  • Who: Federally tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations incorporated and physically located in an Iowa city with a population of less than 28,000 as determined by the 2020 federal decennial census and committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
  • What: $10,000 - $100,000 with a required 1:1/2 match
  • When: Application closes November 21, 2022 for facility improvement projects taking place January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2025

How to Apply

  1. Read the guidelines.
  2. Watch the recorded informational webinar.
  3. Contact Jon Berg, at 515-242-6195 or, with questions well in advance of application deadlines.
  4. Submit the application.

Manage Your Grant

See the Grantee Handbook (FY22) to learn how to manage your grant, including contract compliance and publicity.

Final Report
As a grant recipient, you must complete the final report form at the end of the process and share the impact of the project on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in Iowa.

Grant Awards History

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Project Title Sort descending Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
A Staff Cabin to Meet the Growing Demand of Additional Campers at Camp Wapsie YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area/YMCA Camp Wapsie Coggon Linn 2021 $33,000.00
Camp Foster Cabin Stabilization Project Bedell Family YMCA/Camp Foster Spirit Lake Dickinson 2021 $28,000.00
Family/Private Changing Area and Sauna Relocation Hoerner Young Men's Christian Association of Keokuk Keokuk Lee 2022 $35,000.00
HVAC Replacement Montgomery County Family YMCA Red Oak Montgomery 2022 $35,000.00
La Luz Building Project La Luz Hispana Hampton Franklin 2022 $65,000.00
Maquoketa Area Family YMCA Facility Investment Fund Drive Maquoketa Area Family YMCA Maquoketa Jackson 2022 $30,000.00
Natatorium Dehumidification, Heating and Cooling System Rathbun Lake Area YMCA Centerville Appanoose 2021 $84,500.00
Outdoor Community Sports Court Central School Preservation Lake City Calhoun 2022 $10,000.00
Racquetball Court Renovation Nishna Valley Family YMCA Atlantic Cass 2021 $33,000.00
Stanton Outdoor Basketball Court Stanton Friends aka Stanton Viking Center Stanton Montgomery 2022 $10,000.00
YMCA Camp Renovation Projects YMCA Camp/YMCA of Greater Des Moines Boone Boone 2021 $71,500.00
YWCA Children's Center Extending Care YWCA Clinton Clinton Clinton 2022 $65,000.00