Giving back to the community is a part of our corporate culture and a direct extension of our core value of integrity.

The Principal® and the Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc., have embraced corporate responsibility by making philanthropic investments in the communities where our employees work and live. That’s why we’ve created the Community Grant Program.

Am I eligible for a grant from The Principal?

  1. Grants are available for organizations located in communities where we have a significant employee presence, which include the following communities:

    • Des Moines, Iowa
    • Appleton, Wis.
    • Cedar Falls, Iowa
    • Grand Island, Neb.
    • Mason City, Iowa
    • Ottumwa, Iowa
    • Spokane, Wash.
    • Wilmington, Del.

  2. Grants may be awarded to organizations whose core focus aligns with one of the following categories:

    • Health & Human Services
    • Education
    • Arts & Culture
    • Civic, Community & Environment

    » For a detailed list of eligible requests, please refer to our application instructions (PDF: 94.7 KB).

What types of grants are available?

Grants may be awarded in the following areas:

  • Program Support
  • General Operating Support
  • Capital Support, which requires a separate application, is considered mainly in Des Moines, Iowa, and awarded on a limited, case-by-case basis.

I’m eligible, so how do I apply?

After you review the grant criteria and determine you’re eligible, what’s next? Follow our step-by-step guide below to help you through the process.

  1. Fill out our grant application form.

  2. Prepare a cover letter no more than two pages long, which should include the following information:

    • Brief organizational background
    • Brief summary of the proposal, including the purpose of the grant
    • Amount of proposed request
    • Anticipated budget for request

  3. Prepare a proposal, which should provide more information about:

    • Organization information
    • Request details
    • Budget

    » For more details about the type of information to include within these sections of your proposal, please refer to our application instructions (PDF: 94.7 KB).

  4. Please submit your request by emailing a scanned copy of the full proposal and supporting documentation to (file size limited to 50 MB). Or mail your application materials to the office location that corresponds most closely with your organization’s location by the required deadline.

    » Review our list of application mailing addresses and deadlines (PDF: 103 KB).

  5. Each grant application is evaluated to determine eligibility, compliance with our requirements and available funds.

  6. Notice of award decisions will be made by letter to organizations within 10 weeks after the application deadline.

  7. If you receive a grant, please complete the grant evaluation form (PDF: 30 KB).

Deadlines for applications

Applications must be received — not postmarked — by the dates listed below.

  • Des Moines, Iowa:
    • March 1 — Health & Human Services
    • June 1 — Education
    • Sept. 1 — Arts & Culture
    • Dec. 1 — Civic, Community & Environment

  • All other locations and areas of focus: June 1

Things to keep in mind when applying

  • Only one grant application will be accepted per organization per calendar year for general operating support or specific program support.

  • Requests for capital support require a separate application.

  • Apply for funding in the grant category that most closely aligns with your organization’s core mission, not the focus of your specific program or project.

  • Organizations that have previously received funding must submit the grant evaluation form (PDF: 30 KB) within one year of the grant award, or at the time of the next grant application (whichever comes first) to be considered for funding.


For more information about the company's charitable contributions program or the Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc., contact:

Andrew Allen, Community Relations
Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc.
Des Moines, Iowa 50392-0150
Phone: 515.247.7227

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