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.

Marita Theisen Child Care Center – BCCCSF

Friends of St. Mary’s DBA Steeple Square

The Marita Theisen Child Care Center at Steeple Square was established in response to urgent calls from the community for affordable quality child care. The Center currently has enrolled more than 40 children, 70% of whom are from low-income families.

Montgomery County Child Development Center – BCCCSF Grant

Montgomery County Child Development Association

The Montgomery County Child Development Association (MCCDA) was formed to address the lack of quality affordable child care in Montgomery County.

Opportunity Dubuque – BCCCSF Grant

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Opportunity Dubuque builds career pathways for students to enter the workforce and continue their education and training, while filling employers’ demand for talent.

Refugee Child Care Business Development Program – BCCCSF Grant

Catherine McAuley Center

The Catherine McAuley Center is partnering with local agencies to support refugee women in establishing registered in-home child care businesses

Refugee Child Care Business Development Program – Core Grant

Lutheran Services in Iowa

LSI helps refugee women to increase their families’ financial stability by becoming registered in-home child care providers through the Iowa DHS

Removing Child Care as a Barrier to Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency – Core Grant

Grin & Grow Ltd.

This child care program will assure availability of up to 20 full-time, year-round slots for infant or preschool children of single mothers who are seeking work, working, or in training; and whose incomes are under 200% of household poverty levels

Sliding Fee Scale for Professional Development Day Services – BCCCSF Grant

LINK Grinnell

LINK Grinnell is a newly established after-school program serving children in kindergarten through 7th grade in the Grinnell area since late 2019, created in response to a gap of 437 spaces for after-school care in the community.

Social Emotional Learning: Breaking Down Barriers to Success – Core Grant

St. Mark’s Youth Enrichment

St. Mark's Youth Enrichment before- and after-school programs not only address affordable access to care beyond school hours but effectively improve students’ reading, STEM, and social emotional skills.

Stanton Child Care Resource Center Expansion – BCCCSF Grant

Stanton Child Care Resource Center

The Stanton Child Resource Center has been at capacity with a waiting list for over 4 years. It's now working to more than double capacity through an addition and renovation of the current facility.

Stronger Together: Supporting Families with High-Quality, Accessible Child Care – BCCCSF Grant

YWCA Clinton

The Stronger Together after school child care program eliminates the need for parents to leave work or secure help picking up students from school and transporting them to child care, and it also maximizes the time the students spend on active, engaging, and safe activities