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 Project

Crisis Intervention Services

Crisis Intervention Services (CIS) serves 12 rural counties in South Central Iowa which are extremely rural and encompass some of the poorest counties in Iowa.

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.

Whyld Girls

Children and Family Urban Movement

The Whyld Girls is a gender specific, out of school program for 5th-12th grade girls who live within the 50314 zip code.

Building a Culture of Support for Pregnant and parenting Young Women

EyesOpenIowa, West Des Moines

Eyes Open Iowa (EOI) aims to end the poverty/teen pregnancy cycle by training personnel in seven school districts to encourage pregnant and parenting to succeed, rather than shaming them or pushing them to drop out.

Cafe 361

First Congregational United Church of Christ, Cedar Rapids

Cafe 361 is a safe place for young women in grades 6-10 living in or near the Wellington Heights neighborhood.

Daring to Rise Strong

Dorothy’s House, Des Moines

Dorothy’s House provides residential housing, basic needs, transportation, care coordination, and educational programming for women and girls whose lives have been interrupted by sex trafficking.

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.

Latinas Al Exito Exito: Latino Girls Towards Success

Latinas Latinos Al Exito, Inc. Des Moines

The Al Éxito (AÉ) afterschool program empowers young Latinas, 6th-12th grade, from rural communities in Franklin, Wright, and Tama counties to succeed in school and in life through academic achievement, leadership development, and civic engagement.

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.