apply for a grant

Annually, Chrysalis provides grant funds to non-profit organizations whose work aligns with the Chrysalis mission and services impact mostly girls and women in the three-county area of Polk, Warren, and Dallas Counties.

  • Community Partner Grants provide core support to the organizations delivering our mission. Community Partner Grant recipients are also eligible for a Client Emergency Fund which provides a resource for simple client needs such as bus tokens, uniforms for a job, or fees for a class. Currently, Community Partner Grants are by invitation only. Organizations invited to apply will need to complete the requested information in October and awards will be made January 1. 
  • Rapid Response Grants offer funding for immediate - sometimes critical - needs that may hinder the day-to-day work of local agencies. All local non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for Rapid Response Grants.

Step One: Complete Organization Profile

All orgainzations seeking grant funding through Chrysalis are required to complete the Organization Profile. The information collected is utilized to confirm an organization's eligibility to receive grant funds. In addition to collecting basic demographic and services information about the organization, the profile requests information about tax exempt status/IRS determination letter, as well as, key business documents. 

complete organization profile


organization profile

Apply for Rapid Response Grant

After completing the Organization Profile, your organization may apply for a Rapid Response Grant of up to $500 for unbudgeted, unforeseen, immediate, and/or emergency needs of nonprofit organizations. Priority is given to needs that identify measurable results, are most likely to ensure success, and have documented costs. Decisions will be communicated within 3 business days of receipt of a completed application. 

complete rapid response grant application


rapid response application

Consider participating in the Women's Alliance 

The Women's Alliance, convened by Chrysalis in 2006, provides partner organizations an opportunity to network, seek advice, and share learning with fellow nonprofit organizations serving girls and women in Greater Des Moines. Through bi-monthly meetings and trainings, we discuss timely issues, concerns, and experiences in the lives of girls and women. Not only does this help Chrysalis meet alliance members' needs, but it also provides key information that we can share with decision-makers and community leaders. We’re here to listen, learn, connect, and bring their collective voice forward. To learn more about participation in Women's Alliance, email us.  


If you have questions about applying for a Chrysalis Grant or want to learn more about being invited to apply for a Community Partner Grant, email us.