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.
Lisited below are some helpful links and downloads to prepare you before or during the application process.
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.
The Iowa West Foundation supports community development projects that encourage neighborhood revitalization, beautification and diversity.
Vibrant neighborhoods are vital for sustaining our communities’ quality of life. Communities where citizens participate, and neighborhoods are safe, affordable, and sustainable are communities that thrive and prosper.
When the standard of living is raised in a community, everyone benefits. The Iowa West Foundation welcomes ideas that boost the standard of living, economic competitiveness and tax base of the communities in our region.
It’s our goal that the grants that are awarded serve as a catalyst that enables public and nonprofit organizations to effectively plan and promote economic development within their communities.
Educational attainment is a powerful predictor of well-being. Young adults who have earned a high school degree or completed higher levels of education are more likely to achieve economic success and have a broader range of job options.
That’s why the Iowa West Foundation seeks to engage with organizations that work to increase school readiness, raise high school graduation rates, and increase the numbers of area students earning college degrees.
We support initiatives that encourage early childhood development, improve literacy and academic performance and promote life-long learning.
Feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and helping those among us who suffer from substance abuse — it’s what neighbors do for each other in a strong and caring community.
The Iowa West Foundation continually looks to support programs to strengthen families, address the needs of underserved youth, and provide services to senior citizens. We want to engage with those who facilitate initiatives to help our citizens maintain quality of life.
Building a stronger community begins with the basics — neighborhood revitalization, economic development, education, and addressing the basic human needs of our youth, the elderly, and our at-risk population. It all begins at home. Take a look at how these four areas of focus are supported by special initiatives and special projects.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call
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.