The mission of the Iowa Women’s Foundation is to improve the lives of Iowa’s women and girls.

We need to do whatever we can to support and empower women seeking to make real change in our world.

Robyn Hepker, Donor

2021 Grantees were introduced at a virtual check presentation on January 6, 2021. Here is the video recording to hear them talk about their programs and the work they are doing to shatter the barriers to women’s economic success.

With this mission as our guidepost, IWF annually makes grants available to organizations whose work aligns with this goal. IWF has three grant opportunities: Core Grants, the Building Community Child Care Solutions Fund (BCCCSF), and Emergency Grants.

With a focus on economic self-sufficiency for Iowa’s women and girls, Core Grants center on applications from organizations in Iowa and must address one of the six barriers to economic self-sufficiency of women and girls:

  • Employment
  • Child Care
  • Housing
  • Education/Training
  • Transportation
  • Mentorship

The Building Community Child Care Solutions Fund (BCCCSF) focuses specifically on increasing the number of child care slots available for children throughout the state of Iowa.

Core grants are announced in September, and the Building Community Child Care Solutions Fund recipients are announced in November. Checks are awarded in January for projects in that calendar year.

Applications are welcome from organizations with 501(c)(3) status and other grassroots organizations serving Iowa’s women and girls.

Emergency Grants are small, one-time-only cash awards given to non-profits and other community organizations, including organizations that may not be eligible for traditional grant funding, for immediate emergency needs. To be considered, organizations must provide programming to address one of the six barriers to women’s economic self-sufficiency. Grants are awarded throughout the calendar year. Once funds have been expended for the year, applications will close and re-open in January of the next year.

To begin the process and learn more about how we fund, click these links: previous grant partners, Core Grants materials, BCCCSF instructions or Emergency Grants.

To view a Grants Information Session, see the video below.