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Grants Workshops


The purpose of Iowa West Foundation’s grant workshops is to help nonprofit organizations and government entities learn about the grant application process, understand Foundation priorities and ask staff questions to aid in the submission of strong proposals. 

The workshops are intended for representatives of eligible organizations or entities interested in applying to the Iowa West Foundation in an upcoming grant cycle. To determine if your organization qualifies for funding, please read through the Grantmaking section of our website and take the Eligibility Quiz. Ideally, attendees will come to the grants workshop with a specific program, capital project or use for operating funds in mind. There, they will have an opportunity to ask candid questions, view templates for the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and application, see sample budgets, and much more.

The workshops are held three times a year in conjunction with the Foundation’s grant cycles and precede the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) period seen in the calendar graphic below.

Key topics covered in the workshops include:


  • Learn the difference between organizational and proposal budgets and view samples provided in handouts 
  • Understand in-kind donations and what expenses qualify for the 15% maximum

Due Diligence

  • Discover what evidence (e.g., feasibility study, planning process, analysis) you may need to demonstrate you have carefully studied your organization’s projected success
  • Learn about the importance of diversified funding and the definitions of challenge, matching and last in grant awards 
  • Find out how due diligence appointments are conducted, who should be present at them, and what materials to have on hand

(Check out an IWF blog post on 5 Tips on the Application and Due Diligence process.)


  • Define the differences between outcomes and outputs with a fun, interactive game 
  • Discuss measuring the impact of programs/projects and what evaluative indicators you need to include
  • Cover the requirements for quarterly impact reports and how to tell a success story

Tips and Tricks

  • Learn some shortcuts especially helpful for 1st-time applicants
  • Find out what to expect during the review process
  • Walk through a timeline of important dates along the way 


To receive information about upcoming grants workshops, sign up for our e-newsletter on here or email for specific dates and times and we’ll send you a link to RSVP.

The general timeframe for upcoming Grants Workshops includes:
September 2016
February 2017
June 2017
October 2017

Grants Workshops are held at the Iowa School for the Deaf campus in the Lied Multipurpose Center: Iowa West Foundation Community Room.

For more information, contact:

Pam Bierce
Grants Assistant, Iowa West Foundation

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