Grant Recipients

…Women’s foundations work … to help guarantee that (women and girls) can achieve economic (and social) balance."

— Stephanie Clohesy, Founder & Donor

The Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF) is proud to partner with over 100 state-based organizations. Since 1994, $1.68 million has been awarded to 307 programs, benefitting thousands of women and girls in all 99 Iowa counties. Download our Grants at a Glance to see the projects we supported throughout the state of Iowa.

Learn more about the projects we have funded for over 25 years. You can search by year, barrier, or keyword below.

Architectural Plans for a New Facility

Little Knights Learning Center

The mission of Little Knights Learning Center is to provide a safe, accessible, high-quality childcare center and 3-year-old preschool for families in and around La Porte City, Iowa. The center will be a registered, age 0-12 childcare center designed to accommodate approximately 88 children and managed as a 501c3 nonprofit. The project's timeline is to begin construction in 2024 and open the new facility in fall 2025.

Capital Campaign to Build a Center

Little Charger Early Learning Center

Little Charger Early Learning Center understands how the need for childcare grows exponentially more important for those residing in rural Iowa and childcare deserts. In these areas, such as Guthrie County, it is nearly impossible to find quality, affordable childcare.

Child Care Director Training Certificate Program

Hawkeye Community College Foundation

The Hawkeye Community College Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting the mission of Hawkeye Community College: “Empowering students, strengthening businesses, and enriching communities.” Hawkeye’s Foundation supports the education and development needs of students, faculty, and staff by providing resources not available through public funds.

Daring to Rise Strong


Dorothy’s House provides residential housing, basic needs, transportation, care coordination, and educational programming for women and girls whose lives have been interrupted by sex trafficking.

Furniture and Educational Materials for New Center

Wayland Area Childcare Organization

The mission of Wayland Area Childcare Organization is to provide a safe and quality childcare environment with educational, stimulating, and nurturing programs. They aim to enrich the lives of children and families to provide a foundation of positive social skills for lifelong learning.

Girls on the Run New Curriculum Suite

Girls on the Run Eastern Iowa (GOTREI)

Girls on the Run uses running and other physical activities as a platform for teaching life skills and promoting holistic health outcomes for girls in grades 3-8.

Help Us Grow – Furnishing Classrooms

The Kids Spot

The Kids Spot is a nonprofit child care center that opened in Lake City, Iowa in 1992. They provide part-time, full-time and before/after school care. They are the only DHS licensed program in their community.

Hire Additional Staff to Reach Full Capacity

Lil Vikes ChildCare

VIKES stands for Vision, Inspire, Kindness, Encouragement, and Success. This includes supporting children to develop hopes and dreams for their future, praising and providing helpful feedback so that children are successful, teaching children to show a genuine, deep, and selfless concern for others without expecting something in return, inspiring children with courage, spirit, and hope, and finally, teaching children to behave in a way that leaves them happy with a positive mark left on the world.

Parenting and Life Skills Program for Young Moms

Young Women's Resource Center

Young Women’s Resource and Action is one of the only organizations in central Iowa to offer small group programs, individual support and mental health counseling to girls and young women ages 10-24.

Providing Rural Community Access to After School Programs

St Mark Youth Enrichment

St Mark provides space for kids with after school and summer programs to fill a gap for working families and students that are struggling with reading, math and social emotional skills.