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Deadlines

In fairness to others, we adhere strictly to a 5:00 p.m. deadline on the filing dates. (When the 15th of the month falls on a weekend/holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.) Applications submitted after 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date will not be considered.

The Letter of Inquiry period opens fifteen (15) days prior to the Letter of Inquiry deadline.

The Grant Archive

The Iowa West Foundation’s online Grant Archive can be a valuable resource for learning about the types of organizations that have successfully received grants in the past. Visit the Grant Archive to see previous grants awarded.

Submitting an Impact Report

After you’ve received a grant, you will need to provide us with an Impact Report. It’s how you demonstrate that you accomplished what you set out to do. And, if you apply again in the future, your successful use of the grant will make your organization or project look more attractive.

If you need assistance submitting an Impact Report or have lost your login information email Pam Bierce, Grants Assistant or call her at 712-309-3000.

Leveraging Grants

The Iowa West Foundation encourages grant applicants to leverage the amount they request with other funding, preferably a one-to-one match or more.

One source which is available in Iowa West’s geographical funding area (see the foundation’s guidelines) is called the Iowa “County Endowment Fund Program.” These county funds* are associated with qualified community foundations and receive state funding for grants to be awarded for nonprofit projects in local communities. Annually these funds are required to give out 75% of the state funds received, while the balance is endowed for the future. To learn more about the program go to www.iowacommunityfoundations.org which is part of the Iowa Council of Foundations. (*The funds are located in counties without gaming.)

Another source to consider is the State of Iowa. Through its various departments and divisions it periodically does grant making to communities and non-profit organizations. To help you think about such opportunities, we have provided a list of examples with background information for:

• Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) (DNR)
• Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
• Iowa Economic Development Authority
• Iowa Department of Transportation
• Iowa Department of Public Health
• Iowa Gambling Treatment Program
• Iowa Department of Agriculture
• Education

Questions

Applicants are encouraged to contact Foundation staff with questions. For technical assistance, email Pam Bierce, Grants Assistant or call her at 712-309-3000.

Funding Areas

Economic Development

A strong economy with access to good jobs is critical to the health of our community. We fund work that seeks to increase the standard of living and economic competitiveness of southwest Iowa and the Council Bluffs-Omaha metropolitan area. Work that falls under our Economic Development portfolio may include grants that:

  • Develop a world-class workforce
  • Promote job readiness and workforce training/preparedness
  • Foster strategic job creation
  • Encourage entrepreneurship
  • Support the development of new businesses in the region

We fund economic development throughout our geographic area. However, if your grant request is focused on the Omaha metro area, we only consider grants that include Council Bluffs/southwest Iowa as part of the metro area. Projects that exclusively serve Nebraska residents are not eligible.

Education

Education is one of the greatest tools we have to address the root causes of poverty in our community and prepare our residents for success. The Foundation’s overall goals in education are intended to: (1) increase kindergarten readiness and decrease educational inequity due to socioeconomic factors; (2) ensure children are reading on grade level by the third grade; (3) increase high school completion rates; and (4) increase post-secondary opportunities. To achieve these goals, the Foundation supports:

  • Preschool
  • Early childhood development
  • Children’s mental health
  • Summer school
  • Post-secondary readiness and access

Our educational portfolio is focused primarily in Pottawattamie County, however we do make limited grants to programs in Southwest Iowa. Individual schools are not eligible to apply for grant support, however we do partner with districts on transformational investments through our initiative process. We encourage superintendents to reach-out to discuss about the opportunity partner with us.

Healthy Families

Our Healthy Families portfolio is focused in Pottawattamie County. The Foundation places a priority on programs that strengthen families, foster essential life skills and address critical human/social service needs in our community while helping individuals reach their full potential. Examples of such programs include proposals that address:

  • Family stability
  • Hunger
  • Emergency/transitional housing
  • Adolescent health projects
  • Child abuse
  • Mental health
Place-making

Iowa West Foundation invests in creating world-class places in our community and activating those spaces with excellent arts and cultural programs. Our investments in developing our community include:

  • Arts and culture programs
  • Beautification
  • Community infrastructure
  • Preserving important environmental spaces
  • Housing
  • Recreation
  • Rural development

We fund placemaking throughout our geographic area. However, if your grant request is focused on the Omaha metro area, we only consider grants that include Council Bluffs/southwest Iowa as part of the metro area. Projects that exclusively serve Nebraska residents are not eligible.

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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