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Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund Tops $300,000 in Grants Awarded

April 19, 2020

Grants Awarded Through Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Fund Top $300,000

(Council Bluffs-IA) Front line organizations focused on getting food into the hands the most vulnerable were the recipients of the latest round of grant funding from the Southwest Iowa Covid-19 Response fund.  Alleviating emergency needs in the local community to ensure southwest Iowans have access to food and shelter are a primary focus for the fund, which has now awarded more than $300,000.

Managed by the Iowa West Foundation and the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, the Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund continues to accept applications on a rolling basis as well as accept donations.

The fund supports the following areas, with the highest priorities being emergency assistance and public health infrastructure.

  1. Emergency Assistance to Vulnerable Populations
  2. Public Health Expanded Infrastructure
  3. Continuity of Nonprofit Operations
  4. Funding to Support Long Term Recovery Relief

The universal application for relief funding can be found at both and

Individuals, families, corporations, and others who would like to donate to the COVID-19 relief efforts are encouraged to visit or call 712-256-7007. Dostal emphasized that all donations from individuals will receive a 10 percent match through PCCF.

About the Iowa West Foundation

The Iowa West Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the Midwest. It has distributed more than $500 million to nonprofits and governmental agencies through southwest Iowa since the inception of its grant program. Funding for the grants comes from investment earnings and the Iowa West Racing Association, which receives contractual fees from casino operators, Ameristar and Harrah’s. IWRA is the license sponsor for Ameristar and Harrah’s and the license holder for Horseshoe-Bluffs Run. The Foundation targets resources into programs and projects that focus on economic development, education, placemaking and healthy families.

About Pottawattamie County Community Foundation

The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) is a tax-exempt public charity, 501(c)(3), that serves thousands of people who share a common interest in improving the quality of life in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Through PCCF, individuals, families, businesses and organizations can create permanent charitable funds that help their communities meet the challenges of changing times. The foundation invests and administers these charitable funds.

Cass County Health Department  Food Distribution, Rural  $ 8,000.00 
Centro Latino  Emergency Relief  $ 30,000.00 
City Light Church  Food Distribution, Urban  $ 12,000.00 
Crawford County Hunger Fighters  Pantry Services / Food Distribution, Rural  $ 3,400.00 
Council Bluffs Pantry Association  Pantry Services, Urban  $ 21,000.00 
West Central Community Action  Pantry Services, Rural  $ 24,000.00 
Food Bank of Iowa  Food Distribution, Urban / Rural  $ 16,710.00 
Food Bank of the Heartland  Food Distribution, Rural  $ 50,000.00 
Mills County Health Department  Emergency Relief / Food Distribution, Rural  $ 10,000.00 
New Visions Homeless Services  Emergency Shelter  $ 105,000.00 
Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless  Emergency Relief / Homelessness Prevention  $ 20,000.00 
Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless  PPE  $ 2,000.00 
Total  $ 302,110.00 


Nicole Lindquist

Written by Nicole Lindquist, Director of Communications

Media Inquiries:

Nicole Lindquist
Director of Communications
w: 712-309-3004
c: 402-981-2289

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