The Greater Des Moines Community Challenge is open to existing groups and individuals (once they form a team) across the Des Moines Metropolitan Area, Iowa, to start new projects in their community, from the portfolio of ideas on the ChangeX site (https://www.changex.org/us/funds/desmoines-community-challenge) that address digital skills, environmental sustainability, and community prosperity.
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 citizen centers, community centers, and recognized government entities.
There is a total fund of $75,000 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-$5,500 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 casual kick-off virtual meeting
Sharing a team photo (screenshot from virtual meeting) & a short action plan (including a COVID plan)
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. - Holly Beale (Microsoft Datacenter Community Development Team)