Warren County Philanthropic Partnership will offer two High Impact grants in 2019 as well as a $500 grant to a qualifying project supporting the county’s trail system.

Last year was the first year the community foundation offered a High Impact Grant, an award in an amount up to $10,000 for a larger investment project impacting a greater portion of the county. The first High Impact Grant was awarded to the historic Palmyra Church restoration project.

In 2019, WCPP will offer two grants up to $10,000 each along with its regular community grants in amounts between $500 and $5,000. In addition, WCPP will offer a new trails-specific grant up to $500, thanks in part from a recent donation of $4,605 from the Warren County Leadership Institute Class of 2018.

The trails-specific grant money comes from the Warren County Trails Endowment Fund which was started by the WCLI Class of 2014 and is held by WCPP. In 2014 the WCLI class partnered with Rotary Club of Indianola on the club’s annual Ride Across Warren County, and the club gave all proceeds toward the fund. Rotary also made donations to the fund in following years.

As is common with endowments, the fund could not pay out toward grants until it reached a certain amount. In December, the WCLI Class of 2018 chose to bring the fund to a point where a portion can now be awarded annual. After their class project of installing signs along the county’s trails, they donated the remainder of their fundraising dollars to the endowment.

Since its inception WCPP  has invested more than $1 million into Warren County communities with funds from the County Endowment Fund Program as well as donations. The County Endowment Fund Program distributes a percentage of the state’s gaming tax revenue to qualified community foundations in the 84 Iowa counties that do not hold a state-issued gaming license, like Warren County.

Information about applying for WCPP grants will be released in January 2019. For more information, visit www.warrencountypp.org, e-mail info@warrencountypp.org or contact Emily Roush-Bobolz at (515) 491-6508.