Partners in Progress

Partners in Progress

A  Grant Program  of the IADG  Community  FoundationIADG Community Foundation Logo

For thirty years at Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), and for better than a decade at IADG Community Foundation (IADG CF), we have worked to create, discover, share and implement best practices and innovative ideas to advance business and community development efforts throughout the state. While we're confident we have made significant contributions to the field of economic development and community philanthropy we're sure our partners have as well.

It is in this regard that we are pleased to announce a new grant program called "Partners in Progress." At the heart of this new grant program is our desire to help our IADG and IADG CF partners share and implement programs and initiatives that are new and innovative, and have demonstrated their contribution and value. As such, our grant program is all about partnering, sharing and replicating success. Our grant program is dedicated to rewarding at least two organizations with every award. It is our intention to promote and encourage the notoriety and improvement of one organization's innovative idea through replication, improvement, and implementation at yet another.

With this objective, we are offering three grants, each totaling as much as $10,000. Awards can be split or shared among the cooperating communities or organizations equally, or in some other more appropriate or equitable manner agreed to by the recipients.

A pre-application discussion with IADG/IADG CF staff is encouraged. All applications will ultimately be scored and awarded on the following basis with up to 10 points in each of the five categories  outlined below:

  • Innovation  and novelty  of the concept  or program  to be shared.
  • Impact at both the original community or organization and the community or organization with which the idea is to be shared and implemented.
  • Implementation (A detailed plan for sharing, implementing and improving the concept with another community or organization, including a timetable and budget.)
  • Replication (How will sharing this initiative facilitate, streamline and make others more easily able to adopt or implement the initiative.)
  • Partners in Progress! (How will both communities/organizations partner to promote, publicize, and share their initiative so that it might enhance other communities or organizations.)

If your community has completed or is embarking upon a groundbreaking or inspiring initiative, and you're willing to partner and improve this idea with another community or organization we're anxious to help you. While we prefer that you arrange your own community or organization partnership, IADG and IADG CF staff may be able to assist in finding a suitable organization or community with whom to share your success and partner. We look forward to visiting with you and discussing the suitability of your inspiring initiative. Sharing success is our objective and your opportunity! We hope you will consider our "Partners in Progress" grant program.

Program  Participation  Guidelines and  Timetable

Grant participation discussions can be commenced with IADG Community Foundation now through October 1, 2016. A simple narrative overviewing the program or initiative you wish to share will be sufficient.  We will schedule a discussion of your proposal promptly.

Organizations submitting projects deemed suitable and worthy will be provided an application corresponding to the five categories of evaluation set forth above.

All projects submitted will be evaluated by an IADG Community Foundation committee. The committee will convene for scoring and evaluation during the month of October. Participating organizations may be called upon for a special presentation before their ultimate selection.

Successful program projects will be announced in early November. Funding will be commenced and provided as dictated by the project and its milestones. All grant recipients must be a qualifying tax exempt organization, government entity, or provide for an appropriate fiscal entity. All the recipients and their projects must be appropriate to IRS charitable funding guidelines.

IADG Community Foundation reserves the right to modify these guidelines, work with recipient organizations, and make program decisions and awards best befitting their "Partners in Progress" program.

Submit your interest and overview of your program or initiative at:

Any "Partners in Progress" program questions may be directed to either Rand Fisher, IADG Community Foundation CEO, (, or Bruce Nuzum, IADG Community Foundation Secretary and Treasurer, (

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