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.

Workforce Managers – Core Grant

Heartland Family Service

Heartland will continue its comprehensive, wraparound service support for women in the Iowa Family Works program to obtain and maintain gainful employment that can support themselves and their families.

Professional Women’s Group

Dress for Success Quad Citites

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

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.

Economic Development for Refugee Women Agriculturalists

University of Northern Iowa, Community Producers Program (CPP), Cedar Falls

The Community Producers Program is an initiative of The UNI Local Food Program, partnering with AmeriCorps VISTA and EMBARC to provide economic empowerment opportunities for refugee women in Waterloo.

Harvesting Our Potential: Training Women Farmers

Women, Food and Agriculture Network

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.

Job Retention Support and Networking for Low-Resource Women

Dress for Success Quad Cities

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

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.

Next Step – Women’s Job Readiness Program

Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS)

ACCESS will offer Next Step, an employment readiness program to provide financial literacy education and support to survivors of domestic violence in Ames and surrounding communities.

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

Women, Food and Agriculture Network

The Women, Food and Agricultural Network will pioneer a new business opportunity for young Iowa women in the field of ecological restoration.