The Foundation accepts proposals, three (3) times a year, for the following types of grants:
A majority of the Foundation’s grants support a specific program. Program grants are given to support activities aligned with the Foundation’s funding priorities and related to the mission of the organization receiving funding. Program grants are restricted grants and must be used solely for the proposed program. Program grants may not be used for general administration of the organization. They must be used to cover costs directly related to running a program such as educational outreach, program materials, and/or personnel (only as it relates to supporting a particular program or project).
- Programmatic grants are limited to a total of six (6) consecutive years. Moreover, in any eight (8) year period of time, a grantee may only receive a maximum of six (6) years of funding.
- The Foundation will work with grantees who apply for programmatic funding, annually, to develop a plan to rely less on the Foundation’s funding in subsequent years.
General Operating Grants
This type of grant can be used to support the general (administrative or core) expenses of operating an organization, including staff and other expenses such as rent, utilities, etc. All general support requests must: describe how the funding support will contribute to the organization’s sustainability; describe how the organization advances the Foundation’s strategic priorities; and, identify the organization’s strategic goals and plans for moving the organization forward.
- General support grant applications may only be submitted by organizations located in Pottawattamie County.
- General operating support grants are limited to a total of six (6) consecutive years. Moreover, in any eight (8) year period of time, a grantee may only receive a maximum of six (6) years of funding.
- The Foundation will work with grantees who apply for general operating funding, annually, to develop a plan to rely less on the Foundation’s funding in subsequent years.
There are two types of capital grants in philanthropy: 1) facilities and equipment grants; and, 2) endowment grants. The Iowa West Foundation funds facilities and equipment grants but it does not make endowment grants.
- Facilities and Equipment Grants. This type of capital grant helps an organization acquire and/or meet the needs of a physical asset (e.g. a new building, phone system, or van). The applicant organization must make the case that the new acquisition will help it serve its clients better. Foundation consideration of capital requests will focus on both the applicant’s current activities and financial health, and financial and programmatic plans for the next several years. For example, the Foundation wants to ensure that if it helps an organization move into a permanent space then the organization will have the resources to manage it.