PARTNERS IN PROGRESS
A Grant Program of the IADG Community Foundation
For thirty years at Iowa Area Development Group, and for better than a decade, IADG Community Foundation, 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.
That is why we have chosen to strengthen and continue our grant program called “Partners in Progress.” At the heart of this grant program is our desire to help our IADG and IADG CF partners implement and share programs and initiatives that are new, innovative, and have demonstrated their contribution and value. As such, our grant program is all about sharing and replicating success. It is our intention to promote and encourage the notoriety and improvement of one organization’s innovative idea with a commitment and process for replication, improvement, and implementation at yet another.
With this objective, we are offering $30,000 in Partners in Progress funding for 2018/2019. A maximum award of $10,000 is the upper limit.
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 developed, implemented and shared.
- Impact at the original community or organization and communities or organizations which would benefit from sharing and replication.
- Implementation (A detailed plan for implementing, improving, and sharing the concept with other communities or organizations, 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 you collaborate with IADG and IADGCF to promote, publicize, and share your initiative so that it might enhance other communities or organizations.)
Program Participation Guidelines and Timetable
Grant participation discussions can be commenced with IADG Community Foundation now through October 1, 2018. 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.
Any “Partners in Progress” program questions should be directed to Rand Fisher, IADG Community Foundation CEO, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 800-888-4743.