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.

LOVE Girls Training and Internship Program

Love Girls Magazine/The Community Foundation of Great River Band

With the assistance of IWF's grant, Love Girls Magazine will host a leadership development and media and marketing internship program for adolescent girls ages 13 to 19 years old.

Strong Girls Read Strong Books

University of Iowa College of Education/University of Iowa Foundation

Strong Girls Read Strong Books provides the means for girls to see themselves as readers, thoughtful decision-makers, and leaders.

Women with Initiative

United Way of Story County

United Way of Scott County's Women with Initiative program is designed to provide financial education and counseling to at-risk and elderly women in a safe and non-threatening environment.

Leadership Development Programming for Columbus Junction

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

Roundy Elementary School girls will finish a Girl Scout's journey series with the goal is to provide girls with a stronger sense of leadership, community involvement, and career opportunities.

Wize Girlz

YWCA of Black Hawk County

Wize Girlz is an after-school program for middle-school girls in Waterloo, which will provide a stable environment for girls to explore and discuss issues such as personal health, racism, violence prevention, leadership, education and employment.

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.

Girls Power


YWCA's Girls Power will empower girls ages 11-13 by promoting leadership skill and positive self-esteem through interaction with female ISU students.

Latinas! Stay in School

Young Women’s Resource Center

Young Women’s Resource Center's "Latinas! Stay in School" program aims to unite middle school-aged Hispanic girls with successful high school role models to reinforce the importance of staying in school.