Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) in partnership with the Poweshiek County Alliance (PCA) Grants Committee is pleased to announce that grant applications are now being accepted for the 2022 PCA grant cycle. Nonprofit (501(c)3) organizations and public entities serving members of Poweshiek County are eligible to apply for support for new or ongoing projects. The PCA grants seek to build relationships and address community needs to foster vibrant, sustainable communities throughout Poweshiek County.
Grant proposals should provide cultural, educational, recreational, or wellness opportunities or provide community enhancement or support for physical or mental health for community members. After a uniquely challenging year, the PCA Committee is particularly interested in projects focusing on the most pressing identified needs in the county such as those addressing transportation barriers, mental health services, quality childcare, in-home elder care safety, affordable housing, and food insecurity. Grant requests should not exceed $10,000.
PCA grants blend funding from several sources to grant more than $160,000 per year to organizations throughout the county. Approximately $103,000 is available this year from the County Endowment Fund. These funds from the State of Iowa are paired with funds from the Community Fund for Poweshiek County to support initiatives county-wide. Funds distributed from the Brooklyn Community Fund and the Montezuma Community Fund are designated for grants supporting services in those communities. The Carl and Joann Orr Fund, established in 2019, may only support requests in the Grinnell area with the intent of supporting people in need of legal assistance, food and other essentials, and physical and mental health assistance.
Projects which fall into these mission categories should complete a grant application by 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. All grant requests must be submitted through the online grant portal. A copy of the 2022 PCA grant application and instructions for submitting an application can be found on the GPCF website at https://greaterpcf.org/grants/. Any questions may be directed to Amy Blanchard at 641-236-5518 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Successful grants will be notified of the award by March 31, 2022.
The PCA has distributed almost $1.5 million since its inception in 2005 to 464 grants. PCA Grant Committee members represent communities across Poweshiek County and include: Bev Arthur, Randy Johnson, Brenda Strong, Liesl Roorda, Scott Steffen, Alicia Blankenfeld, Janice Albrecht, Tim Douglas, Tina Elfenbein, Derek Kriegel, Jill Allen, Nicole Brua-Behrens and Amy Blanchard. Poweshiek County Alliance is an organization of the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that assists donors in efficiently and effectively supporting charitable organizations that make life better for people in the area. GPCF partners with the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation through the Community Support Services (CSS) program.