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.

Lutheran Services in Iowa

Lutheran Services

This proposal builds upon an LSI project funded by the Iowa Women’s Foundation since 2015 in Des Moines to provide training and State of Iowa registration for refugee and immigrant women that wish to become in-home child care providers.

MICAH House Corporation, Council Bluffs

MICAH House Corporation

MICAH House will continue our efforts to address upstream barriers to stability by embarking upon the Building Beyond Shelter capital campaign.

Noble Initiative Foundation, Griswold Iowa

Noble Initiative Foundation

Our mission is to build a childcare development center that will provide affordable year-round childcare, including full-time, part-time, and before/after-school care.

Shooting Star Childcare

Shooting Star Childcare

Elkhart is a growing community north of Ankeny that has a need for childcare and employment, as the nearest jobs or childcare is 20 minutes away.

Sprouts Early Learning Academy, Carlisle Iowa

Sprouts Early Learning Academy

Sprouts will use funding to support the addition of a new classroom. Furniture items such as cots and sheets, as well as teaching materials and age appropriate manipulatives are needed for the growing enrollment.

Sumner Daycare and Learning Center, Inc., Sumner Iowa

Sumner Daycare and Learning Center, Inc.

The Sumner Daycare and Learning Center (SDLC), was approved by the State Fire Marshal to conduct business in renovated classrooms of the Durant Elementary until June 2024.

To The Rescue, Cedar Rapids

To The Rescue

Funding will allow us to purchase toys, books, curriculum materials and classroom furnishings for a new childcare center.

Toolbox: Giving Girls Tools for Life

Girls Inc. of Sioux City

Toolbox: Giving Tools for Life provides girls ages 8-18 with hands-on instruction and experience in skilled trades.

Waverly Child Care & Preschool, Waverly

Waverly Child Care & Preschool

Waverly Child Care and Preschool is working on an expansion onto the west side of the current building as well as updating the current center. The addition will double to current center’s capacity.

Waypoint, Cedar Rapids


Funding will help ensure KidsPoint Child Care can provide scholarships to meet the community's increased demand for child care, especially for low income families.