Warren County Philanthropic Partnership announces its 2020 grant options, including an increase in the High Impact Grant of up to $25,000.

“We believe there are organizations in Warren County working on significant projects or who have dreams of a big project for the county,” said Emily Roush-Bobolz, executive director. “While our community grants are helpful for smaller projects or smaller organizations, we feel increasing our High Impact Grant to up to $25,000 may be just the thing an organization needs to bring their big project to fruition.” Last year WCPP offered the grant for up to $10,000.

This year WCPP is expected to have an estimated $100,000 to award in grants, including the High Impact Grant, its typical Community Grant in amounts between $500 to $5,000 and a trails-specific grant up to $500.

This year the grant application process is expected to be easier for applicants. Applications will be shorter with fewer questions, easier to understand questions and a budget worksheet requiring less itemization. Applications may be submitted online or via mail. Applications are available beginning Jan. 31 and will be due March 2.

For organizations interested in a High Impact Grant, an Intent to Apply form (available at www.warrencountypp.org beginning Jan. 31) is required to be submitted by Feb. 7. Qualifying organizations will then be invited to apply. This form is not required for Community and Trails grants.

Each year WCPP hosts a grant writing workshop to assist local organizations in understanding the process of applying for a WCPP grant. This year the workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Indianola YMCA Community Room.

Since its inception, WCPP has invested more than $1 million into Warren County communities with funds from the County Endowment Fund Program and 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.

For more information, visit www.warrencountypp.org, e-mail info@warrencountypp.org or contact Emily Roush-Bobolz at (515) 491-6508. WCPP is an affiliate of the Community Foundation or Greater Des Moines