The Greater Des Moines Community Challenge is open to existing groups and individuals (once they form a team) to start new projects, or expand an existing project, in their community across the Des Moines Metropolitan Area.
You can choose to select from the portfolio of ideas on the ChangeX site (https://www.changex.org/us/desmoines-community-challenge) that address environmental issues and improve community wellbeing.
If you're applying with an existing project, the project must address one of the following thematic issues:
Examples of eligible groups include schools, universities, colleges, daycares, churches or other faith-based organizations, hospitals and hospital rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities, community gardens, neighborhood groups, senior centers, community centers.
There is a total fund of $55,000 available to help support new community projects across the Des Moines Metropolitan Area. Each applicant who successfully completes a 30 Day Challenge and an Impact Challenge will receive funding amounts ranging from $500-$5,000 to help get their selected project off the ground.
The steps to complete the 30 Day Challenge include:
Scheduling a 15 min call with one of the ChangeX team
Recruiting 4 people to join your team
Hosting a kick-off meeting
Sharing a team photo & a short action plan
If you are applying with your own community project, there will be a review process, and those applications that best fit the criteria will be allocated funding. You will then complete a simplified 30 Day Challenge and an Impact Challenge to receive your funding.
"The Greater Des Moines Community Challenge is an opportunity for communities to come together to create thriving communities across Des Moines. We’re excited to support local action across the Des Moines Metropolitan Area and to see the collective impact we can have in building healthier, more sustainable communities."
- Alex Icenogle (Microsoft Datacenter Community Development Team)