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.

Engaging Girls in Career Exploration of the Trades

Iowa’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG)

This grant will enhance iJAG’s trades and commercial construction pathway for young women in school districts across the state.

Entrepreneurship Equity for Women/ The Hatchery

NewBo City Market

NewBo City Market is an incubator for businesses in Eastern Iowa.

Toolbox: Giving Girls Tools for Life

Girls Inc. of Sioux City

Toolbox: Giving Tools for Life provides girls ages 8-18 with hands-on instruction and experience in skilled trades.

Iowa Women in Trades: Apprenticeship Opportunity Network

State University of Iowa Labor Center

The Iowa Women in Trades Network (IWIT) links unemployed or underemployed Iowa women with opportunities to prepare for and enroll in registered apprentice programs in construction trades. The ultimate goal of this project is to build a pipeline to high-quality construction jobs for Iowa women.

SMART Girls Program

Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands

The SMART Girls program provides the space, support and tools needed to navigate adolescence and grow into self-sufficient women.

Smart Girls – Core Grant

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa

The SMART Girls program provides the space, support and tools needed to navigate adolescence and grow into self-sufficient women.

Social Emotional Learning: Expanding Model for Greater Impact – CORE Grant

St. Mark Youth Enrichment

St. Mark’s is expanding its social emotional learning model to have direct programming for girls throughout the entire year, family engagement and education efforts targeted for single mothers to gain skills to foster healthy parenting practices at home, and adding training and consulting for other organizations in effective implementation of social emotional strategies.

DVIP Prevention Education Program – Core Grant

Domestic Violence Intervention Program

DVIP has a longstanding history of serving women facing trauma-based, domestic violence crises in southeast Iowa.

Iowa Women in Trades Apprenticeship Opportunity Network – Core Grant

University of Iowa Labor Center

The University of Iowa Labor Center will set up a pre-apprentice program and a network to improve access to registered apprenticeships and ensure completion rates and job placement for women in the construction trades.

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.