Nonprofit organizations that meet eligibility requirements (see below) are encouraged to file a grant application. The DRA considers each unique application on a case-by-case basis, including those that address needs in the following areas:

  • Arts and culture
  • Recreation
  • Education
  • Health and human services
  • Emergency services
  • Civic and community development

2020 Important Dates

  • Application Available: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • Information Sessions:  Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 5:30pm | Q Casino Showroom
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | Noon | Q Casino Showroom
    Attendance is not required at the information sessions but is encouraged for first time applicants.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2020 | 5pm
  • Tentative Grant Announcement: TBA
  • Questions regarding the 2020 grants can be directed to Kathy Young, or 563-585-2971.

2020 DRA Grant Application

Use the following links to access the online grant application:

Links will be live at 8am on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations that have received 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), 501(c)(6), 501(c)(7), 501(c)(8), 501(c)10, or 501(c)(19) designation from the by the Internal Revenue Service or must be a unit of political subdivision (ie conservation districts). Organizations are not allowed to share or borrow at 501(c) status with another organization. The name on the application must match the name on the IRS-issued letter. Only one application per 501(c) or equivalent tax-exempt status will be accepted

  • Individual schools, churches, or volunteer fire departments will not need a 501(c)(3) letter. They are exempted by law or fall under a blanket exemption because of their ties to a municipality.
  • Cities/villages/towns/counties are allowed one application. A letter from the city/county administrator endorsing the project must be attached to the application.
  • Schools will be allowed one application per “attendance center”. Schools are tax exempt by statue, but affiliated organizations must hold a 501(c)(3) in its own name (no sharing allowed).
  • Only one application be allowed (i.e., one from the school or one from affiliated organizations).
  • All school applications (individual departments or affiliated organizations requests) must be submitted under a cover letter approved by the school principal.
  • If an application is received from an affiliated organization without the endorsement from the school principal, it will be rejected.

Grants are NOT awarded for the following uses:

  • Travel expenses or seminars
  • Salaries, wages, benefits or other employee-related costs. Exception: If your project involves hosting a guest speaker or group to address a group or event, the grant will fund the contractual fee, but not the travel expenses
  • Recurring expenses
  • Participation in capital campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • Political causes, candidates or lobbying efforts
  • Individuals, including scholarships and personal benefits
  • Operating expenses including staff, rent payments, lease payments and utilities
  • Debt incurred or purchases made prior to DRA’s grant award notification

Application Review/Scoring

Each application will be reviewed by our grant committee. The DRA Grant Committee is comprised of five anonymous board members who are responsible for reviewing and scoring each of the grant applications that are received. The committee considers each unique application on a case-by-case basis. Application are scored if five areas: nature of need, strength of organization, funding alternatives, recognition of funding, and benefit to Iowans.

  • Nature of Need (0-50) – Consider priority of needs, type of population served, feasibility of project, direct benefits vs administrative costs
  • Strength of Organization (0-20) – Consider track record, board composition, financial stability and responsibility, quality of staff, community support
  • Funding Alternatives (0-15) – Willingness to match funds, or willingness of organization to use its own funds
  • Recognition of DRA Funding (0-10) – Consider how the organization will publicly recognize the DRA for the funds. Is the recognition component measurable? Is it permanent? Will it be in public or just within the organization
  • Benefit to Iowans (0-5)

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