2018 Dallas County Foundation Grant Cycle Begins

The Dallas County Foundation 2018 grant application materials will be available on December 1, 2017.

They may be found on the DCF Grant Information page.

DCF will fund grant requests that impact the lives of Dallas County residents in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, youth development, education, recreation, environment, and community betterment.

DCF-1 Applicants must be a 501(c) 3, 5 or 6 organization or 107(b) unit of government; or be affiliated with another organization that has one of these designations.

The grant application deadline is Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Thanks to the generosity of the Grow Green County Gaming Corporation, the Dallas County Foundation will be able to award additional dollars this year.

DCF grant application instructions and requirements will be explained at a grant workshop:

  • Adel Public Library, 303 South 10th St.,
  • Adel Tuesday, January 9 Lunch 11:30
  • Grant Information 12:00 – 1:00
  • RSVP by December 21,2017 to: hchill@minburncomm.net
  • Limited seating available – workshop is free

For those unable to attend the face-to-face workshop, a training video will be posted on the Dallas County Foundation Grant page that covers the same information.

The Dallas County Foundation, an affiliate of Greater Des Moines Community Foundation was established in 2005 to foster private giving, strengthen service providers and improve the conditions of the communities and rural areas of Dallas County, Iowa.

For more information and grant application materials please visit www.dallascountyfoundation.org/grant-information.


DeSoto Speed Trailer

The De Soto Police Department has deployed a speed trailer at the north edge of town encompassing the entrance to DeSoto and the I-80 Interchange.

The De Soto Police Department was a 2016 Dallas County Grant Recipient for their speed trailer.

The goal of the project was to improve the overall safety of roads in De Soto by reducing the speed of individuals traveling on the roadways.


With the help of the speed trailer they have been able to slow the overall traffic and cause people traveling through the city to be more mindful of their speed.

The DeSoto Police Department plans to continue the project for the foreseeable future. Experience from the past year will allow them to better plan sites for the speed trailer and possibly using the trailer for different traffic enforcement projects. 

Urbandale Parks & Rec – Walnut Creek Park Landscaping Project


The City of Urbandale’s Parks and Recreation was a 2016 Dallas County Grant Recipient for their Walnut Creek Regional Park Specialized Landscaping Project.

Walnut Creek Regional Park is a 200 acre park located in Dallas County. The park is a natural park surrounded by residential development. The park has a 12 foot wide, one mile long concrete trail running north/south from Meredith Drive to Douglas Avenue.

The intent of the project was to provide an educational component in the park consisting of pods or pockets along the trail corridor. These pods would be frequently mowed and maintained and would be theme oriented with signage explaining the importance of preserving native prairie, forbs, and trees as a sanctuary for wildlife being displaced from residential development.

Each pod will contain the informational signage, plantings related to the signage, and hardscape landscaping for access and complimenting the presentation. 

There are plans to do more prairie management projects in the park that will compliment this project.

City of Clive Parks and Recreation – Pickle Ball Courts

The City of Clive Parks and Recreation was a 2016 Dallas County Grant Recipient for their Wildwood Pickleball Courts.

The project goal was to convert an underused roller hockey rink into four Pickleball courts. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and this facility would provide the most outdoor courts in one location in the metro. The courts were completed September 15th and have been very popular since opening for play.

This past June we had an open house event at the park which featured a Pickleball demonstration and promotion to the neighborhood of the planned improvements. Attendance was very good (100 plus attended), and many people got a chance to play the game for the first time.

People were very excited about the courts and this facility will be a great benefit to the community.




City of DeSoto – Equipment for Food Stand at Ball Park

The City of DeSoto – Public Works Department was a 2016 Dallas County Grant Recipient for equipment for the concession stand at the Little League Baseball field.

A commercial popcorn machine, hot dog cooker/roller machine and commercial crock pot that can be used for various foods were purchased. The equipment completed the concession stands needs and has afforded us the opportunity to serve families in or community and those visiting during baseball season.

Signs are posted that read “Best Popcorn in Dallas County: voted on by DeSoto Public Works Staff‘.

Crews enjoyed their time working at the concession stand all summer and more importantly the families that visited were provided a service that they have not been offered in past years.

We are already looking forward to hearing the infamous quote, “Play Ball” next season!


Art on the Prairie VanKirk Dedication in Perry


“It was a beautiful evening for the dedication of the nine foot tall lighted sculpture placed on the boulevard in Perry. As you may recall, Dallas County Foundation donated funds to Art on the Prairie for this project. “Born of Fire” was dedicated in memory of Progressive Foundry owner Pete VanKirk. The VanKirk family paid tribute to the memories of their father and supporter of the Perry Community.

The Ladies of LaPoste, Jenny Eklund, Mary Rose Nichols and Colleen Ekhoff were instrumental in raising funds, designing and creation of this memorial to the Progressive Foundry. There will be three more similar pieces honoring Railroad, Farmers, and
the Greene/Ahmanson family.

Thank you board members that were able to attend. The Bock Foundation and Dallas County Foundation, plus private donors were treated to hamburgers, hot dogs and brats along with ice cream from a unique vendor truck.

Thank you Jenny, Mary and Colleen for all your hard work.”

VanKirk family

New Perry Benches in the Downtown Cultural District

City-of-Perry-benches2As you visit downtown Perry you may have noticed the new benches, planters and trash receptacles.

The City of Perry is a Dallas County Foundation 2016 Grant Recipient with the goal of; increased foot traffic in the downtown, increased pride in the community, additional businesses that choose to locate in the downtown, a reduction in litter throughout the downtown district and a more defined and inviting sense of place in the Downtown Cultural District.

The benches, planters and trash receptacles arrived in July and will be placed throughout the Downtown by November.

They hope to continue to upgrade their existing inventory of planters, as well as expand their reach of furnishings throughout town to create a cohesive look throughout.


Adel DeSoto Minburn FFA Chapter Says Thank You

ADM-FFA-MicroscopesThe Adel DeSoto Minburn FFA Chapter would like to thank the Dallas County Foundation for awarding us S949.00 to help purchase a set of compound microscopes for our classroom.

The set of six microscopes came in very handy to help students complete inquiry-based projects through the CASE curriculum in our agriculture classes.

These microscopes allowed students to get a closer look at things such as the internal structure of plant stems, the growing point (meristem) of roots and shoots, microscopic organisms such as molds, bacteria, and parasite eggs, the different stages of mitosis and meiosis, and much more.

We look forward to expanding our use of the microscopes in other classes next year.

Thanks again!

~ Adel DeSoto Minburn FFA Chapter

Habitat for Humanity Trailer Dedication


Tim Canney, President of the Dallas County Foundation

August 4th, 2017. Dallas County Foundation attended the dedication of Habitat for Humanity trailer dedication.

The Dallas County Habitat for Humanity was awarded $5,000.00 in 2017 for the purchase of a storage trailer to be used in Dallas County.

About Habitat for Humanity: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Dallas County (Iowa) Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

We work in partnership with generous donors, sponsors and volunteers to preserve homeownership through affordable home repairs and provide affordable homeownership for qualified low-income families.

We are a uniquely local philanthropy welcoming all to join us in building a better Dallas County and a better word – one where everyone has a decent place to live!


Acorns & Oaks Intergenerational, Christian Daycare Ribbon Cutting

Acorns and OaksThe Perry Lutheran Home held a ribbon cutting and Blessings ceremony for their Acorns & Oaks Intergenerational Christian daycare, Friday, July 28th. 

Nearly a hundred people attended the ceremonies.

Community support for the new Daycare has been overwhelming.

Perry Luteran Home is a 2017 Dallas County Foundation Grant recipient.

“We are extremely blessed to be located in a supportive community like Perry, Iowa. The impact of this Christ-Centered, Intergenerational mission is something far beyond what we can imagine. On behalf of everyone at Perry Lutheran Home, I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to the many partners including the Dallas County Foundation, the Bock Foundation, Iowa District West, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and the members of Christ Lutheran Church in Bouton, along with many individuals who helped to make the daycare space what it is today and help bring this dream to fruition,” expresses Rev. Max Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of Perry Lutheran Home… read more



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