Through grants and initiatives, the Iowa West Foundation works to foster thriving communities where families want to live, and businesses choose to locate. Since our inception, organizations have leveraged more than $300 million in grants to improve the quality of life in more than 100 in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska.
We believe it’s important to work in collaboration with potential grantees to help them achieve success. In this section you’ll learn more about the process to apply for a grant. We’ll guide you every step of the way. If you have a question, we will help you find the answer; if we missed something, you have a direct link to someone who can help you.
The Iowa West Foundation accepts proposals quarterly. You’ll find the online application process is fast, easy, and convenient.
Take a look at the four steps to better understand the process, what we fund, how you may qualify, how to apply and what type of follow up is required if your organization is awarded a grant.
For more detail on the grantmaking process, please review the steps below.
If you have an idea that you believe can make life better in our region, you might be able to get funding from the Iowa West Foundation to make that idea a reality. But there is a lot to do in order to become eligible to receive a grant — such as being a nonprofit or government entity. Visit the link below to review our areas of focus and how you can become eligible to get funding for your idea.
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Visit this page if you already are a nonprofit organization or government entity but may be new to the grant application process. Visit the page below to learn more about how to prepare for the process prior to applying.
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By now you should have taken the Eligibility Quiz to make sure your organization meets the minimal criteria to submit a grant proposal. If so, you are ready to prepare a Letter of Intent. Visit this page to become familiar with the entire application process including deadlines and informational requirements needed for the complete application.
You will also find more information on:
This page is dedicated to those organizations that have received a grant from the Iowa West Foundation. Check here to find ongoing information for grant recipeints including:
In fairness to others, we adhere strictly to a 5:00 p.m. deadline on the filing dates (When the 1st or 15th of the month falls on a weekend/holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.)
The Letter of Intent period opens thirty (30) days prior to the Letter of Intent deadline listed below.