Simpler. Easier. Better.

Changes in Process

As part of our efforts to incorporate the feedback we heard from grantees, we made simple changes to increase the accessibility of our application process. The main takeaways are listed below along with the new calendar. More information can be found on our website, and you are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

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"In order to respond swiftly and flexibly to COVID-19, our Grants Team examined every process. We narrowed a four month application to a two week process. We retained our focus on being accessible to both large and small partners. We strive to run a program led by best practice, transparency, and responsiveness."

Matthew Henkes
Vice President of Grants & Initiatives

Grant Application Process Changes

  • Elimination of Eligibility Quiz
  • Letters of Inquiry accepted year-round
  • Applications Now Due 9/15, 1/15 & 5/15
  • Deadline Time moving from 5 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

  • Organizations with an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and classification as a public charity — under IRS sections 509 (a)(1) and 509 (a)(2) — as well as governmental units and agencies, are eligible to apply for a grant.
  • The Foundation’s geographic focus is southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska, with a primary focus on Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County.

Grants Workshops

The purpose of Iowa West Foundation’s grants workshops are to help nonprofit organizations and government entities learn about our grant application process, understand Foundation priorities and ask staff questions to aid in the submission of strong proposals. Ideally, attendees come to the workshop with a specific program, capital project or use for operating funds in mind. There, they will have an opportunity to ask candid questions, view sample budgets, discuss due diligence and learn how to measure impact.