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Grants at Work

If you’re a resident, there’s a chance you’ve walked or driven past some of the large-scale public art pieces a th…


Leading transformational change through vision, planning and collaboration

Beginning in 2013 the Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors set as a strategic principle that the Foundation would increasingly take a leadership role in the community. In order to change our role, we shifted the way we work with partners on key issues. Iowa West began to engage in more Foundation-driven initiatives.

The traditional grants-model requires Iowa West to react to proposals from partners. Initiatives differ from grants in that we work proactively and collaborate with our partners to develop solutions to systems-level problems. While we do not drive every initiative, we are at the table in actively researching and developing strategies.

Initiatives allow us to take a more flexible approach than is allowed through our grant programs. This flexibility has resulted in programs that we see as having an important impact in the community. They include Riverfront development, the Pottawattamie Promise scholarship programchildren’s mental healthPottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment, and improvements to West Broadway.

Initiatives are not application based. They are determined by the input we receive from community listening sessions, our partners, and are set by our Board of Directors. If you have an idea that you would like to share with us, we encourage you to reach-out to our staff.

Funding Areas

Economic Development
Healthy Families

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

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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