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How may we apply for a grant?

As a nonprofit organization, you may apply for a grant through the competitive application process for projects addressing the Greater Des Moines Healthcare Safety Net System strategic priority.  While unsolicited applications are not accepted for the Children’s Healthy Development strategic priority, the Foundation is interested in learning about your organization’s ideas for addressing this priority in Greater Des Moines.  Please feel free to contact staff to discuss.

What are your application deadlines?

Applications addressing the Greater Des Moines Healthcare Safety Net System strategic priority, will be reviewed annually in the fall. Applications are due by noon on October 1; if the 1st falls on a weekend, proposals are due by noon on the preceding Friday.

What is the average dollar amount for a grant?

Grants average $10,000 to $50,000. The Foundation may consider partially funding a proposal, if acceptable to the grantee.

What are your grant restrictions?

The Mid-Iowa Health Foundation does not 
consider proposals for:

  • Individuals
  • Scholarships
  • Conference registration fees
  • Programs that promote religious activities
  • General operations or special camps of 
    disease- or condition-specific organizations
  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Debt reduction
  • Fund raising events

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation's strategic priorities for
grantmaking are:


GREATER DES MOINES
HEALTHCARE SAFETY NET SYSTEM

Goal: All people in greater Des Moines have access to appropriate, timely and affordable health services. Safety net providers provide appropriate, timely and affordable health services to people who experience barriers to accessing services from other providers due to financial, cultural, linguistic, or other issues. These core safety net providers offer care to patients in Greater Des Moines, Iowa regardless of their ability to pay for services, and primarily serve vulnerable, low-income patients who are uninsured, publicly insured or underinsured.

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation will consider proposals from core safety net providers for:


With this traditional, competitive grant program the Foundation learns from nonprofit organizations about the important work needed to improve health in greater Des Moines, Iowa.  The Foundation staff, Community Advisory Team, and Grant Committee review applications annually and make recommendations for board consideration and funding decisions.

CHILDREN'S HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT

Goal: Children in greater Des Moines have the resources and supports to grow up healthy. Childhood is a time of complex physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Barriers to healthy development that are addressed as early as possible can potentially prevent or reduce health problems later in life. MIHF will employ multiple strategies to help our children – prenatal through high school – have stable relationships, safe environments and access to high quality health services in order to be healthy and grow into healthy adults. Strategies that use multi-dimensional approaches; build resiliency and minimize risk factors; and take into account the role of social determinants in health are preferred.

Working closely with stakeholders, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation identifies projects and community partnerships, and invites proposals to address the Children’s Healthy Development strategic priority. While unsolicited applications are not accepted for this priority, the Foundation is interested in learning about your organization’s ideas for addressing Children’s Healthy Development in greater Des Moines. Please feel free to contact staff to discuss.

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation awards grants to organizations working towards improving the health of people in greater Des Moines, Iowa. The Foundation is interested in work that affects specific health results and aligns with community-identified priorities.