The Foundation accepts proposals, three (3) times a year, for the following types of grants:
A majority of the Foundation’s grants support a specific program. Program grants are given to support activities aligned with the Foundation’s funding priorities and related to the mission of the organization receiving funding. Program grants are restricted grants and must be used solely for the proposed program. Program grants may not be used for general administration of the organization. They must be used to cover costs directly related to running a program such as education outreach, program materials, and/or personnel (only as it relates to supporting a particular program or project).
This type of grant can be used to support the general (administrative or core) expenses of operating an organization, including staff and other expenses such as rent, utilities, etc. All general support requests must: describe how the funding support will contribute to the organization’s sustainability; describe how the organization advances the Foundation’s strategic priorities; and, identify the organization’s strategic goals and plans for moving the organization forward.
There are two types of capital grants in philanthropy: 1) facilities and equipment grants; and, 2) endowment grants. The Iowa West Foundation funds facilities and equipment grants but it does not make endowment grants.