The University of Iowa

Child welfare

Variety - the Children's Charity

Variety - the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs.

Application Deadline 

Each year, children’s nonprofits from across the state of Iowa have the opportunity to apply for grants to support program funding related to Variety’s mission of caring for children. Grant applicants are reviewed for financial stability and each organization is interviewed by a member of Variety’s board. This ensures a great understanding of the specific request and potential impact of investments into applicant programs. Grant categories cover, in part, camps and social activities for disadvantaged or critically ill children, recreational activities for special needs or critically ill children, agencies that serve children with special needs due to physical or chemical abuse, behavioral problems, or are in need of emergency shelter. For more information on these categories, visit the Grant Program page of the organization's website. 

 

ACT Corporate Giving Program

ACT's Giving Committee awards qualified nonprofits across the United States for projects that best match ACT’s mission and are aligned with one (or more) of six pillars: Community Betterment; Cultural and Artistic Enrichment; Disaster Relief; Diversity and Inclusion; Human and Social Needs; and...

Application Deadline 
Saturday, June 1, 2024

Applications reviewed September 1, 2023 through June 1, 2024.  

ACT Giving Program: Application Guidelines and Procedures

ACT's Giving Program Application

Iowa Women's Foundation

The Iowa Women's Foundation is committed to improving the lives of Iowa's women and girls. We use research to uncover the biggest barriers to women's success as well as their greatest needs, and we invest our passion and resources accordingly.

Application Deadline 

Six areas (child care, education/training, employment, housing, mentors, transportation) have been identified as the most critical barriers for Iowa women and girls. Grant applications must address one primary barrier. Applications may be submitted beginning February 1 and are due the last working day of April.

See the Core Grants page for details.

Emergency Grants are also available. These are small, one-time-only cash awards given to nonprofits and other community organizations, including organizations that may not be eligible for traditional grant funding, for immediate emergency needs for servicing clients. Emergency Grants will be awarded at a minimum of $300 and a maximum of $1,000. Applications may be submitted at any time during the calendar year, and applicants may submit multiple applications, however, organizations may not receive more than one Emergency Grant per calendar year. Awards must be used within 30 days and a project completion form submitted within 45 days. Once allotted funds have been awarded, applications will be closed for the calendar year. See the Emergency Grants page for further details, guidelines and an application form.

Theisen's More For Your Community Grants

The Theisen’s More for Your Community corporate grant program annually makes grants to all Theisen’s store communities. The program grants to agencies that most effectively, directly serve the basic needs of families and children, which includes food, shelter, education, safety and health.

Application Deadline 

Theisen's More for Your Community Grant program is part of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Create an account in the online grant management system on the Theisen's page. All open Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque grants are listed in this system.

Applicants must be within 60 miles of a Theisen's store. View a list of stores. Create an account to apply for this grant. Please email Angie Wille, Grants Coordinator or  telephone 563.588.2700 to discuss how your project fits the basic needs of the community.

Applications open July 15 of each year. 

Deadline: August 31 of each year

Alliant Energy Foundation

The Alliant Energy Foundation is an independent, nonprofit philanthropic organization. The Foundation is funded solely by shareowner dollars from Alliant Energy Corporation and dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities where Alliant Energy has a presence in Iowa and...

Application Deadline 

 

Through our Giving for Good Sponsorships and Impact Grants we support nonprofits and community partners in four major categories: Hunger and Housing, Workforce Readiness, Environmental Stewardship, and Diversity, Safety and Wellbeing. 

Giving for Good sponsorships are available throughout the year. See the Alliant Energy web page for details on focus areas, guidelines, how to apply and other information. 

 

Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation

The corporation is organized to support and improve the oral health of Iowans. The foundation will provide funds to other 501(c)(3) organizations, governments, or academic institutions that are undertaking projects that support or improve the oral health of Iowans. The foundation will provide...

Application Deadline 

Funding opportunities include: 

  • Rethink Your Drink grants
  • Ignite and Innovation Grant Projects for spring and fall
  • Wellness Community Fund
  • Oral Health Fund
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Nonprofit Support

Further information on each of the above and detailed Guidelines are here.

 

Ochylski Family Foundation

Application Deadline 

Application address:
Ochylski Family Foundation,
300 Walnut St., Ste 295A
Des Moines, IA 50309

Submission deadlines: October 1

Applications should be submitted in letter form with attachments outlining: (1) The nature of the organization, (2) The nature of the organizations work, (3) Any specific projects where contributions may be used.

Stebens (Bertha) Charitable Foundation

Giving for the benefit of people in Mason City and Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, through 501(c)(3) organizations or governmental organizations.

Application Deadline 

Application address:
Greg Nicholas
2601 4th St SW
Mason City, IA 5041
Telephone: 515-422-6717

Submission deadline: May 31

Iowa West Foundation

The mission of the foundation is to improve lives and strengthen communities for present and future generations. The foundation strives to provide leadership, create partnerships, leverage resources and serve as a catalyst in identifying and supporting community needs. The foundation has a...

Application Deadline 

The Foundation has three grant cycles per year. See the Application Process page for grant cycles, deadlines, and other details.