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.

Pregnancy Prevention Education – Core Grant

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Inc.

Planned Parenthood will provide 1,600 comprehensive sexuality education programs to youth in middle schools and high schools in Iowa.

She Rises

YWCA Clinton

She Rises is a new suite of programs that aim at tackling barriers to success that at-risk women and young girls face in their 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.


Girls Incorporated of Sioux City

Eureka! is a STEM curriculum featuring daily workshops led by female faculty members at local colleges for four weeks over the summer. Students are girls aged 12 to 18.

The Community Producers Program: Economic Development for Refugee Agriculturalists

University of Northern Iowa Foundation

The Community Producers Program (CPP) is an initiative of the University of Northern Iowa to provide economic empowerment opportunities for refugee women in Waterloo to become economically self-sufficient, agricultural entrepreneurs.

Workforce Managers

Heartland Family Service

Overcoming addiction is just the beginning for Iowa Family Works (IAFW) women at a residential substance abuse treatment center for women and their children in Council Bluffs.

Empowering Women to Economic Independence

Dress for Success Quad Citites

PWG's support, combined with other funds, will provide meals, recruitment, supplies, and operational costs for the Professional Women’s Group (PWG) program and Career Success Center to help women get a job, keep a job, and grow a career.

Friendship Sewing Cooperative

NISAA African Family Services, Iowa City

The Friendship Sewing Cooprative (FSC) offers a means of gaining economic self-sufficiency, supportive social networks, and self-confidence for African refugee women.

Professional Women’s Group

Dress for Success Des Moines

PWG was created to promote employment retention and career advancement by providing valuable skill building information and support from other employed women.

Teaching, Mentoring and Equipping St. Mark Families for Success

St. Mark Youth Enrichment, Dubuque

The overall goal of this project is to teach single mothers and girls social emotional skills, surround them with trusting mentors to practice and hone those skills, and equip them with tools needed to effectively implement what they learn.