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.
The Foundation seeks to promote place-making by supporting efforts that make the region a desirable place for families to live and to work. To that end, the Foundation supports the following:
A critical Foundation goal is to increase the standard of living and economic competitiveness of southwest Iowa and the Council Bluffs-Omaha metropolitan area. Key strategies to achieve this goal include:
The Foundation’s overall goals in education are broad-based and intended to: 1) increase kindergarten readiness and decrease educational inequity due to socioeconomic factors; 2) increase high school completion rates; 3) decrease high school dropout rates; and, 4) increase post-secondary opportunities. To achieve these goals, the Foundation supports:
The Foundation 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. Examples of such programs include proposals that address the following: family stability, hunger, emergency/transitional housing, teenage pregnancy prevention, child abuse and mental health.