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Since its inception, the Iowa West Foundation's grant program has awarded more than $430 million to improve the quality of life in our region. These stories highlight some of these grants and show the impact they make on our community. 

Recent Featured Grants

 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 15th of the month falls on a weekend/holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.) Applications submitted after 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date will not be considered.

The Letter of Inquiry period opens fifteen (15) days prior to the Letter of Inquiry deadline.

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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 successfully received grants in the past. Visit the Grant Archive to see previous grants awarded.

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 email Pam Bierce, Grants Assistant or call her at 712-309-3000.

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. 

One 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.)

Another source to consider is the State of Iowa. Through its various departments and divisions it periodically does grant making to communities and non-profit organizations. To help you think about such opportunities, we have provided a list of examples with background information for:

   • Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) (DNR)
   • Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
   • Iowa Economic Development Authority
   • Iowa Department of Transportation
   • Iowa Department of Public Health
   • Iowa Gambling Treatment Program
   • Iowa Department of Agriculture
   • Education


Applicants are encouraged to contact Foundation staff with questions. For technical assistance, email Pam Bierce, Grants Assistant or call her at 712-309-3000.

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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