Iowa West Foundation announces recipients of Opportunity Scholarships

August 13, 2015

College Access Program graduates also receive completion scholarships (Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation has awarded Opportunity Scholarships totaling $400,000 to 25 southwest Iowa students who will begin college in the 2015-2016 academic year. Each student will receive a $16,000 scholarship to be used over four years at the college or university of their […]

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Why the Riverfront?

August 5, 2015

Before the Bob Kerrey pedestrian bridge was even built, it was referred to as “the bridge to nowhere.” Harsh, but somewhat true as the Iowa side of the Missouri River lacked development, usable space and any sort of draw for people to go there. Simply put, the same can no longer be said. Council Bluffs’ […]

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Cochran Park Installation Goes Beyond Simple Signage

July 17, 2015

“Art in the Park” is an Iowa West Foundation initiative to replace weathered park identification signs at six community parks. The project is being coordinated by the Council Bluffs Parks, Recreation, and Public Property Department with assistance from the City Public Art Commission. These signs, all created by area artists, were developed with public input […]

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2014: Year in Review

July 9, 2015

In 2014, the Iowa West Foundation awarded just over $20 million in grants and initiatives to more than 69 nonprofits and government entities. These programs and projects benefit eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa communities, largely Pottawattamie County and Council Bluffs. I invite you to read the 2014 Annual Report to learn more about the wide range of […]

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Iowa West Foundation Awards $7.6 Million in Funding for Cycle 1 of 2015

June 26, 2015

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors awarded nearly $8 million in grants and initiatives for the first cycle of 2015. Grants will assist 24 nonprofit organizations and governmental entities with funding for projects and programs that directly impact southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Initiatives, which also target funds to the Foundation’s […]

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Dan Corson’s “Coherence” opens in Council Bluffs

June 10, 2015

Immersive laser installation on display for 10 weeks at Harvester Artspace Lofts Council Bluffs, IA – From the artist who designed “Rays” at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, Dan Corson is back in Council Bluffs this week to launch his “Coherence” exhibit at the Harvester Artspace Lofts. The immersive laser installation is the culmination of a series of laser-focused […]

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The difference between Grants and Initiatives

June 10, 2015

For years, the Iowa West Foundation has been known as a “Grantmaking” organization. Since 1994, we have awarded approximately $320 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofits in communities throughout southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. In the past few years, in addition to awarding grants, we’ve begun to invest in what we call “initiatives.” These […]

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