Core Mission Grants Available to Area Nonprofits

The Quad Cities Community Foundation is pleased to announce that $100,000 is currently available to grant to area nonprofits through their Core Mission Grant program.  These grants come from the Community Impact Fund, which allows the Community Foundation the flexibility to meet a wide range of community needs each year. 

Core Mission Grants transform the ability of nonprofit organizations to fulfill their missions through capacity building. Each year, $200,000 is granted to community projects through two granting cycles, with a maximum of $15,000 per grant. Nonprofit organizations located in Scott, Clinton, Washington, and Des Moines in Iowa, and Rock Island, Carroll, Whiteside, Henry, Knox, and Mercer in Illinois are eligible to apply.

“Core Mission grants help nonprofits build their capacity, improving the organization's effectiveness and ability to improve services to the people who need them,” stated Matt Mendenhall, VP of Programs at the Community Foundation. “This grant program supports innovation for nonprofit organizations to transform how they meet their missions and how they serve their communities.”

Capacity-building projects such as strategic planning, board training and education, staff training, succession planning, collaborative work/partnerships with other agencies, critical equipment needs, and technology/software needs will be considered.

The fall Core Mission Grant cycle is now open, with Letters of Interest due to the Foundation for consideration by September 1, 2014 using the online grant application system. Applicants will be notified by September 15, 2014 whether they will be invited to complete a full online application.  Full applications are reviewed and grants awarded in early December 2014. Please contact Kelly Thompson, the Foundation’s Director of Programs, at 563-326-2840 with any questions regarding the grant application process.

The Community Impact Fund is made possible by the generous support of more than 170 Community Foundation donors making contributions totaling over $12.6 million since 1964.