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.

4 C’s

4 C's

4Cs will be responsible for undertaking the marketing of a Wage Enhancement program being implemented in Johnson County. We will also be onboarding the centers and child development homes to ensure they are fulfilling the requirements of program participation.

Catherine McAuley Center, Cedar Rapids

Catherine McAuley Center, Cedar Rapids

CMC’s Refugee Child Care Business Development Program assists newly arrived, economically-vulnerable refugees in registering and operating licensed in-home child care businesses.

City of Roland

City of Roland

Funds will be used for contracting with Levi Architecture to provide our team with architectural drawings/site layout for up to three prospective sites to build a child care center for the Roland community.

Community United Child Care Centers, Cedar Falls

Community United Child Care Centers

This project will consist of remodeling the existing facility and building a new addition that will increase capacity by 54 slots. For 0-5 ages, adding more infant and toddler slots than other age groups because of greater need. Before and after school care for school-age children will be added to this center that it previously did not have. Project to be completed October 2023.

Council Bluffs Schools Foundation

Council Bluffs Schools Foundation

The Council Bluffs Community School District is constructing an Early Learning Center to expand preschool services to an additional 175 students in full-day preschool programming, as well as an additional 30 children in infant and toddler child care rooms.

Discoveries Learning Center

Discoveries Learning Center

The goal of this project is to rehabilitate the existing building to serve the needs of students aged 6 weeks to preschool.

Hawkeye Community College Foundation, Waterloo

Hawkeye Community College Foundation

Decreasing availability of quality childcare has created barriers for employers and employees across Iowa. According to the Governor’s Childcare Task Force Report, Black Hawk County has 4.1-6 children per available childcare slot.

Hawkeye Responsive Child Care

Hawkeye Community College Foundation

The Hawkeye Responsive Child Care program will provide access to culturally sensitive child care options benefiting both HCC’s most vulnerable students who are also parents, and the students who provide child care services.

Lutheran Services in Iowa

Lutheran Services

This proposal builds upon an LSI project funded by the Iowa Women’s Foundation since 2015 in Des Moines to provide training and State of Iowa registration for refugee and immigrant women that wish to become in-home child care providers.

MICAH House Corporation, Council Bluffs

MICAH House Corporation

MICAH House will continue our efforts to address upstream barriers to stability by embarking upon the Building Beyond Shelter capital campaign.