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.

Noble Initiative Foundation, Griswold Iowa

Noble Initiative Foundation

Our mission is to build a childcare development center that will provide affordable year-round childcare, including full-time, part-time, and before/after-school care.

Shooting Star Childcare

Shooting Star Childcare

Elkhart is a growing community north of Ankeny that has a need for childcare and employment, as the nearest jobs or childcare is 20 minutes away.

Sprouts Early Learning Academy, Carlisle Iowa

Sprouts Early Learning Academy

Sprouts will use funding to support the addition of a new classroom. Furniture items such as cots and sheets, as well as teaching materials and age appropriate manipulatives are needed for the growing enrollment.

Sumner Daycare and Learning Center, Inc., Sumner Iowa

Sumner Daycare and Learning Center, Inc.

The Sumner Daycare and Learning Center (SDLC), was approved by the State Fire Marshal to conduct business in renovated classrooms of the Durant Elementary until June 2024.

To The Rescue, Cedar Rapids

To The Rescue

Funding will allow us to purchase toys, books, curriculum materials and classroom furnishings for a new childcare center.

Waverly Child Care & Preschool, Waverly

Waverly Child Care & Preschool

Waverly Child Care and Preschool is working on an expansion onto the west side of the current building as well as updating the current center. The addition will double to current center’s capacity.

Waypoint, Cedar Rapids


Funding will help ensure KidsPoint Child Care can provide scholarships to meet the community's increased demand for child care, especially for low income families.

Wildcat ABC Child Care, Carlisle Iowa

Wildcat ABC Child Care

Our project includes both building an addition and retrofitting portions of our existing building to serve 90 additional children in our center (for a total of 180). The additional 4,570 square feet of space would include a new kitchen, restrooms, and five classrooms.

Williamsburg Community Child Care Center, Williamsburg

Williamsburg Community Child Care Center

Williamsburg Community Child Care (W4C’s) expanded its existing child care operation by opening a second site (W4C'S North), conveniently located just off I-80 in 2022.

CECC Expansion – CCSF Grant

Community Early Childhood Center

This project will allow CECC to increase its capacity by 37%.