The letter of inquiry is the first step in requesting a grant. The letter of inquiry period lasts for approximately two weeks and it opens on the following dates:
Letters of inquiry are due by 5:00 p.m.:
In the event that any of these dates falls on a weekend or a national holiday, the deadline will be moved to the next business day.
In our new trimester system, grants are anticipated to be announced:
If you were declined in the first grant period of a given year, you may re-apply in the first grant period of the following year. Grantees who wish to reapply should seek to understand why they were declined so that they may use the 12 month period to strengthen their request.
If your request was declined in the third quarter of 2014 (August – September), you must wait until the beginning of the first grant period following August. In 2015 this would be Period 2 (October – February).
The number of total grants in a year varies based on the number of grant proposals received by IWF and applicants’ ability to further the Foundation’s strategic priorities as demonstrated by an organization’s grant proposal.
Based on the new schedule of three grant periods, the organization could apply for a grant in the third period. The LOI period will open Oct. 1 and decisions will be mailed in early February. In some cases, however, applying after the current grant closes, or at the tail end of the current grant, may adversely impact a program. As a result, the grantee will need to apply before having completed the full scope of their current grant. If an applicant applies for a new grant before its current grant ends, the organization must file an interim impact report prior to making application.
This policy is meant to encourage grantees to plan out their year and prioritize their requests. An organization may choose to submit more than one application in a given period, however, an organization may not apply for grants in all three periods.
If you have received five (5) or more consecutive years of funding for a program, and wish to reapply, please contact the Grants Team prior to application so we can discuss the specifics of your grant funded program.
Place-making:The Place-making focus area supports efforts that make the region a desirable place for families to live and to work and businesses to locate.
Economic Development: Through this focus area, the Foundation desires to increase the standard of living and economic competitiveness of southwest Iowa and the Council Bluffs-Omaha metropolitan area.
Education: Within education, the Foundation’s goals are broad-based and intended to improve educational outcomes from birth through postsecondary completion.
Healthy Families: This focus area places a priority on programs that strengthen families, foster essential life skills and address critical human/social service needs in our community while helping individuals reach their full potential.
The Foundation is committed to working across the region to develop a robust economic climate and cultural amenities that are attractive to families and to business. To that end, IWF is primarily interested in focusing its support regionally in two of our strategic areas: Economic Development and Place-making.
The new policies and procedures will go into effect beginning in January 2015.
You are encouraged to include all the in-kind you anticipate receiving in your budget. For the purpose of IWF’s grant process, you will only be able to claim in-kind contributions up to 15% of the total program budget as a match to any Iowa West Foundation support.