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.



Ascent’s IGNITE program is a pilot program that provides mentoring and educational opportunities to women business owners in Iowa.

Financial Literacy & Economic Stability

Angel House

The Financial Literacy & Economic Stability Program will provide graduates of Angel House with financial knowledge and resources to utilize once they leave the house to live on their own.

Empowering Young African American Women

YWCA of Black Hawk County

YWCA of Black Hawk County aims to increase graduation rates and decrease teenage pregnancy among African American high school women by engaging in community service mentoring and educational activities targeted around personal growth, black heritage, decision making, and career exploration.

Harvesting Our Potential: Sustainable Agriculture Internships for Women

Women, Food and Agriculture Network/Tides

Through Harvesting Our Potential: Training Women Farmers, this program connects women who aspire to farm with a successful woman farmer as a mentor for critical on-farm experience, networking events, and business training, so they will be successful farmers.

Inmate Art at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women

Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines

Inmate Art at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women aims to give female inmates the opportunity to explore self-expression, learn art techniques and acquire skills in graphic design, framing, and matting.

Girls and Computers

Decorah Public Library

Decorah Public Library's "Girls and Computers" club for girls ages 12-14 will help develop skills to diagnose and repair computer hardware problems with the intent of narrowing the gap in this male-dominated field.

Economic Literacy Course for Victims of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Intervention Program

The purpose of the Economic Literacy Course for Victims of Domestic Violence will acquire training to offer the Personal Economic Planning curriculum to support low-income women with multiple barriers to employment, while also disseminating educational information through an established statewide network.


Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Community College's "One-Two-Three-GO" program aims to assure greater success for nontraditional female students pursuing health careers by developing needed math skills in preparation for additional college coursework.