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.

Survivors’ Economic Self-Sufficiency

Crisis Intervention Services

The Survivors’ Economic Self-Sufficiency Project will assist survivors of trauma with the skills and resources necessary to regain economic self-sufficiency.

Women Empowering Women

YWCA of Black Hawk County

Women Empowering Women will pair professional women with women preparing to rejoin the community following involvement in local or state correctional systems.

L.U.N.A. Promotora Program

Latinas Unidas por un Nuevo Amanecer (L.U.N.A.)

The L.U.N.A. promotora program will engage women to participate in the community while developing leadership and management skills.

Refugee Child Care Microenterprise Program

Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI)

LSI assists refugee women in increasing their financial stability by becoming registered in-home child care providers and expanding the number of safe and culturally appropriate places to provide child care for working parents.

SciGirls Summer Camp Scholarships

Science Center of Iowa

The overall goal of the SciGirls Summer Camps is to engage a diverse population of Iowa girls in research-based activities that ignite interest and encourage careers in STEM.

The Women’s Business Center

ISED Ventures

The WBC offers a series of workshops for low-income and low-capital women on creating a business along with individual counseling.

Women Caring for the Land: Nurturing New Careers in Ecological Restoration

Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN)

WFAN has built a successful conservation outreach program called Women Caring for the Land(SM) to support aspiring female entrepreneurs in the growing field of ecological restoration and for the rising number of women inheriting farmland in Iowa

Young Women in Business Conference

Waverly Area Small Business lncubator and Consultation Center

The overall goal for the Waverly Area Small Business lncubator and Consultation Center is to educate and assist female entrepreneurs in researching, launching and sustaining small businesses in NE Iowa.

Blueprint for Winning Academy

50-50 in 2020

The Blueprint for Winning Academy is an intensive bipartisan training program for strong female candidates. The focus is on communication, fundraising, message, presence, and media.

Employment for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Children & Families of Iowa

The Women's Employment Project aims to equip survivors of domestic violence with financial and career training so they are economically empowered to support themselves, their children, and their community.