FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2014
Jerry Mathiasen, Senior Vice President
(Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation, which is headquartered in Council Bluffs (Pottawattamie County, IA), has announced nearly $4.5 million in grants for the third quarter of 2014. The grants will be used to assist 18 non-profit organizations and governmental entities with funding for area projects.
The Council Bluffs Community School District received $2.9 million to continue two successful programs, as well as additional funding for a study on the creation of a new program.
“The partnership of the Iowa West Foundation and the Council Bluffs Community School District has truly made a positive impact on our youth and our community,” said Pete Tulipana, President and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation. “This significant support will enhance these important programs and continue strengthening the Council Bluffs Community School District in its ongoing development of valuable opportunities for their students.”
“As we do with all our programs, we evaluate them closely, and all three — SAMs, summer school, and IB — have made a positive impact in our schools and most importantly on our students,” stated Dr. Martha Bruckner, Superintendent of the Council Bluffs Community School District. “The funding from the Iowa West Foundation is critical for us in continuing to establish Council Bluffs Schools as a premier district in the region.”
In collaboration with Heartland Family Service, Lewis Central Community Schools of Council Bluffs will be supported with $151,000 for an Iowa West initiative which will establish a comprehensive school-based mental and behavioral health program. Adopted by the Lewis Central School Board on September 22, the pilot program has four significant parts:
“This initiative is a big first step in helping to meet a challenge facing school districts, not only locally, but nationally,” said Dr. Mark Schweer, Superintendent of Lewis Central Schools. “We have had a very good experience working with Heartland Family Service and we appreciate the major support from Iowa West.”
“Our Foundation determined this need warranted an initiative because it was one of the main issues which surfaced during our strategic discussions with the community, including conversations with area school superintendents,” explained Tulipana. “Foundation staff worked closely with Lewis Central and Heartland Family Service to develop the pilot program, and we are optimistic it will prove beneficial.”
Funding for the Foundation’s grants comes from the investment earnings and the Iowa West Racing Association (IWRA), which receives contracted license fees from casino operators, Ameristar and Harrah’s. IWRA distributes funds to the Iowa West Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) organization under the IRS Code. The Foundation makes grants throughout southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska.
For more information including deadlines, interested organizations may visit the Foundation’s website at www.iowawestfoundation.org or contact Deb Debbaut, Director, Grants Administration, at 712-309-3003. Guidelines and procedures can be viewed on the website, and applicants can apply online.
(A listing of grant recipients and their projects is attached for your reference.)
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Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska - Omaha
Council Bluffs Latino capacity building/leadership program
Children's Square U.S.A.
Phase II of Kanesville-Tinley Neighborhood Initiative in Council Bluffs
City of Dedham (IA)
Baseball field improvements and playground construction
Council Bluffs Public School District
Iowa West Foundation Initiative for School Administrative Managers and summer school programing
Community Education Foundation
Grants for improved educational opportunities in Council Bluffs classrooms
Council Bluffs Senior Center, Inc.
Locker room renovation and equipment upgrades
Credit Advisors Foundation
Financial management counseling for residents in the Council Bluffs region
Downtown Omaha Inc. Foundation
2014 Holiday Lights Festival
Griswold Public Library
Technology improvements for patrons of Griswold (IA) library
Heartland Family Service
"Iowa Family Works" residential substance abuse treatment
Iowa West Foundation
Update of Council Bluffs entryway towers on West Broadway to LED lighting
Iowa Western Community College Foundation
Programming at the Arts Center in Council Bluffs
Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska
Expansion of legal services into southwest Iowa
Lewis Central Community School District
With Heartland Family Service, an Iowa West Foundation Initiative for a mental health program
Live Well Council Bluffs
CURB: "Creating Ultimate Residential Beautification"
Manning Betterment Foundation
Manning (IA) child care center renovation
For season production of Rigolett, A Flowering Tree, and Fidelio
Pottawattamie County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Network
General Operating Support