Resources for Grant Applicants

Helpful Links and Information


In fairness to others, we adhere strictly to a 5:00 p.m. deadline on the filing dates (When the 1st or 15th of the month falls on a weekend/holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.)

The Letter of Intent period opens thirty (30) days prior to the Letter of Intent deadline listed below.


Application Preparation Links

Lisited below are some helpful links and downloads to prepare you before or during the application process.

The Grant Archive

The Iowa West Foundation's online Grant Archive can be a valuable resource for learning about the types of organizations that have sucessfully recieved grants in the past.

Visit the Grant Archive to see previous grants awarded.

Areas of Interest

Community Development
Economic Development
Human & Social Needs

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

Resources for Grant Recipients

If you're part of a grantee organization intending to publicize a grant you've received, please contact Jerry Mathiasen, Senior Vice President for available resources or call 712-309-3002.

Submitting an Impact Report

After you’ve received a grant, you will need to provide us with an Impact Report. It’s how you demonstrate that you accomplished what you set out to do. And, if you apply again in the future, your successful use of the grant will make your organization or project look more attractive.

If you need assistance submitting an Impact Report or have lost your login information contact the Grants Manager at or call

Leveraging Grants

The Iowa West Foundation encourages grant applicants to leverage the amount they request with other funding, preferably a one-to-one match or more. A source which is available in Iowa West’s geographical funding area (see the foundation’s guidelines) is called the Iowa “County Endowment Fund Program.” These county funds* are associated with qualified community foundations and receive state funding for grants to be awarded for nonprofit projects in local communities. Annually these funds are required to give out 75% of the state funds received, while the balance is endowed for the future. To learn more about the program go to which is part of the Iowa Council of Foundations. (*The funds are located in counties without gaming.) Feel free to explore this funding opportunity.

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