The University of Iowa

Wellmark Foundation

Employer Identification Number (EIN) 


Contact Name 
Gina Rooney
Contact Title 
Telephone Number 
(515) 376-5009
1331 Grand Ave.
Station 5W447
Des Moines, IA 50309
United States

Grant Information

Application Deadline 
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The Wellmark Foundation’s goal is to be a catalyst in bringing groups together to positively impact health within a community. MATCH grant funding focuses on sustainable initiatives — projects that continue after our grant funding ends — targeting access to and consumption of nutritious foods and creating safe and healthy environments in which to be active.

The program funds initiatives in Iowa and South Dakota. See the Programs page on the Foundation website for details on Large and Small MATCH grants and past grant awardees. 

Spring MATCH Grant Cycle

Deadline: 5 p.m., Wednesday, February 16

For projects that:

  1. encourage consumption of healthy foods

  2. provide safe environments to be physically active

Request amount up to $100,000. Required match amount equal to request amount


Fall MATCH Grant Cycle

Deadline: 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 21

For projects that encourage consumption of healthy foods.

Request amount up to $50,000. Required match amount equal to half the request amount.

Applications will be made available in the summer.

For additional information, review the 2022 MATCH Grant Request for Application.

Sample Grants 

For the Access to Healthy Foods or Built Environment MATCH grant (spring MATCH grant cycle), examples of sustainable projects include but are not limited to:

  • Edible orchards and landscaping
  • Community gardens and greenhouses
  • Farm, field or garden-to-table projects
  • Public playground structures and spaces
  • Trails, including links, spurs and connectors
  • Safe Routes to School plans and infrastructure
  • Share-the-road plans and infrastructure, including safe crossing signs and lights

 For a more comprehensive list, view the MATCH Grant Request for Application

Application Information 

Application materials are to be submitted to by the appropriate deadline. 


John D. Forsyth (Chairperson)

Michele Druker (Secretary)

Christa Kuennen (Treasurer)

Grant Sizes: 
$50,000, $100,000


Date of latest financial data 
Nov 2020