What is Impact Polk?

Impact Polk is an annual competitive, donor-directed grant program of the GiveWell Community Foundation with the goal of addressing community needs throughout Polk County. Impact Polk grants often support a broad range of needs, such as arts and culture, education, health, and human services.

The Impact Polk 2019 grant cycle began on August 20, 2018 and closed September 10, 2018. 

Who Can Apply?

The GiveWell Community Foundation provides public organizations recognized by the IRS as described in the IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) as eligible for tax-exempt status, serving Polk County, an opportunity to apply for grant funding. Only one application per organization is permitted.

How to Apply and Report?


Impact Polk Guidelines

Start by reading the Impact Polk Application Guidelines


Apply & Report

Use the Nonprofit Portal to apply for and report on Empower Polk funding


Video Tutorial

Learn how to use our Nonprofit Portal to apply for funding


Project Budget Worksheet

Create a project budget with this Excel worksheet


The current Impact Polk grant cycle is no longer open to accepting applications.

  • August 20, 2018: Open application process begins
  • September 10, 2018: Full applications must be submitted online by 5:00 pm
  • May 2019: Final grant award notices*

* Our fundholders view applications for funding consideration. While we try our best to obtain decisions in a timely manner, we don’t guarantee an exact time when final grant notices will be.