Other Grants & Initiatives

Planning beyond the Pandemic

While COVID-19-related funding was a priority in 2020, nonprofits didn't stop thinking about the future and neither did we. These are just a few of the grants awarded within our four consistent funding areas.

Economic Development Education Healthy Families Placemaking Rural Fire Departments
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"In getting to know our partners, grant recipients, community leaders, elected officials, and business owners, everyone has shown enthusiasm and excitement about the future of our region."

Brenda Mainwaring
Iowa West Foundation President and CEO

Economic Development

Iowa West Foundation grants for economic development projects totaled nearly $3.5 million. The City of Council Bluffs received $900,000 for construction of the FIRST AVE Trail.


Iowa West Foundation grants toward education totaled more than $3 million. The Iowa Western Community College Foundation received $1.2 million toward scholarships for students from six high schools in Pottawattamie County.

Healthy Families

Iowa West Foundation grants for healthy families totaled more than $3 million. Bridges Out of Poverty received $100,000 for the program that helps individuals stop the cycle of poverty.


Iowa West Foundation grants toward placemaking projects totaled $6.5 million. The Council Bluffs Soccer Club received $961,328 for the completion of the Iowa West Sports Plex. A groundbreaking was held Aug. 6.

Rural Fire Departments

Iowa West Foundation has granted more than $3 million to rural fire departments since 1996. In 2020, five communities received LUCAS devices through a $120,000 IWF initiative.