Community Foundation Grants

Above: A $100,000 grant will assist in converting a wing of the House of Mercy into a mental health center.

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines has announced Leadership Grants to be awarded to three organizations:

Des Moines Public Schools: $100,000
Supporting: Efforts to create an online high school called Virtual Campus, the first of its kind in Central Iowa. The project aims to increase access to courses with the goal of ensuring graduation for individuals with multiple barriers. It is anticipated that 2,000 students will use the online academy.

The Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families: $250,000
Supporting: Relocation to a larger facility, in the same neighborhood, that will allow for expansion of services and an increase in the number of clients served. Sale of the current location to the neighborhood grocery store is pending.

House of Mercy: $100,000

Supporting: Efforts to convert space into a mental health center. The transformation will increase the number of mental health care professionals from 13 to 20. Additionally, the new facility will allow for the addition of a projected 9,000 hours of appointment times and an anticipated 900 clients in Central Iowa. Read more about the project in this story in the new issue of dsm magazine.

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