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Applicants are encouraged to contact staff with questions. For technical assistance, email Grants Assistant Pam Bierceor call her at 712-309-3000.


Grants at Work

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Foundation Focus Areas

Traditional Grant Program and Foundation Initiatives

The Iowa West Foundation seeks to create a community where families want to live and businesses choose to locate because of its quality of life and standard of living. To accomplish this, the Foundation implements a traditional grant program that addresses key strategic priorities in place-making, economic development, education and healthy families.

Proposals are accepted three (3) times a year for program, general operating, and capital project support. Please note that we do not fund endowments.

In addition to the grants program, the Foundation takes a proactive funding approach to community concerns through Initiatives. Specifically, Initiatives enable the Iowa West Foundation to proactively implement strategies that result in long-term, community-level outcomes and transformative impact. An Initiative has three key components: 1) it meets a critical need voiced by the community; 2) it supports a strategic focus area established by the Foundation; and, 3) community leaders work in partnership to develop a comprehensive response to the stated need. Funding proposals are not accepted for Initiatives.

Take a look at our focus areas to get an idea of the kinds of grant requests we fund. This will help you determine if your application is likely to succeed. 

Funding Areas

Economic Development
Healthy Families

Search the recent grant recipients in these areas in the Grant Archive.

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OUR VISION is a community where families choose to
live, and businesses choose to locate, because of its
quality of life and standard of living.

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