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.

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.

Transitional Housing for Single Homeless Mothers

House of Hope, Waterloo

The House of Hope is a two-year transitional house for homeless single mothers and their children.

Girl Scouts Outreach Initiative

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Bettendorf

Girls in grades K-8 will be able to participate in the Girl Scout Outreach Initiative, a developmental program that teaches leadership and life skills and stresses positive values among at-risk girls through various workshops, hands-on projects, and educational sessions.

Heart & Sole

Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa

Girls on the Run uses running and other physical activities as a platform for teaching life skills and promoting holistic health outcomes for girls in grades 3-8. Heart & Sole (H&S) is a new program meant to meet the unique needs of middle/junior high school girls.

Latina Leadership Initiative

Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines

The Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines (LLI) is a one-year intensive leadership development and mentorship program that builds a pipeline of socially conscious Iowa Latina leaders who create change through service on boards and commissions, public office, and within the private, nonprofit, and educational sectors.

PINQ Project

Tanager Place

The PINQ project is a mentoring program designed for at-risk girls to grow together as successful African American women.

Safe Shelter & Housing Stability

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family (CVFF)

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family provides emergency safe shelter, rapid rehousing, and homeless prevention services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in 14 counties of Northeast Iowa.


Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley

The SMART Girls program gives girls the space, support and tools to navigate adolescence and to emerge as strong, healthy, young adults.


Girls Incorporated of Sioux City

Eureka! is a research-based Girls Inc. STEM curriculum conducted on local college campuses featuring daily workshops led by female faculty members.