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Since its inception, the Iowa West Foundation's grant program has awarded more than $300 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

Media Archive

Learn more about what Iowa West Foundation has done for the communities of southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska – who has received grants and what the money funded. Whether it’s press releases, quarterly updates, or annual reports, you’ll find it here.


Press Releases

Registration Now Open for Second Annual "Pottawattamie Gives"


City of Council Bluffs, IWF Reveal Plans for Phase II of River's Edge Park
Economic development project featuring FieldhouseUSA and Courtyard by Marriott coming to Council Bluffs’ Mid-America Center

$7 Million in Funding Announced for Cycle 2 of 2015

Iowa West Foundation announces recipients of Opportunity Scholarships
Foundations fund $550,000 in support of new Veterans building in Council Bluffs
Iowa West Foundation Awards $7.6 Million in Funding for Cycle 1 of 2015
Dan Corson’s “Coherence” exhibit opens in Council Bluffs this week 
Iowa West Foundation Adds to Omaha Gives! Incentives
“Pottawattamie Promise” Initiative to offer Full-Ride College Scholarships and Support Services at Iowa Western Community College 
Iowa West Foundation Announces New Director of Communications
Iowa West Foundation Elects New Officers, Members 


IWF Announces $5.2 Million in Grants to Conclude 2014 Grant Making
Council Bluffs Adds to Contemporary Art Collection in “Big” Way
Iowa West Foundation Announces Improvements to Grant Policies

2014 Third Quarter Press Release

Iowa West Foundation Funds Children's Mental Health Initiative at Lewis Central Community Schools

B-cycle Coming to Council Bluffs
2014 Second Quarter Press Release
Graduation Near for AIM College Access Program High School Seniors
Iowa West Foundation Opportunity Scholarships Awarded
2014 First Quarter Press Release

Habitat for Humanity of Council Bluffs and Iowa West Foundation Announce Neighborhood Initiative
Iowa West Elects New Members, Officers
2013 Fourth Quarter Press Release


Boys & Girls Clubs of Council Bluffs Receives Grant for General Operating Support
2013 Third Quarter Press Release
$275,000 Grant Awarded to Iowa Family Works
2013 Second Quarter Press Release

Iowa College Foundation — 2013 Scholars Announced
Partners Join to Fight Summer Hunger
Lakin, Iowa West Partner on Lead Gift for New YMCA

2013 First Quarter Press Release

Loessfest Press Announcement

2012 Fourth Quarter Press Release

Annual Reports

2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report

Grants Announcements 

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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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