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.

Wheels of Hope

Oakridge Neighborhoods

This program enables women to obtain quality vehicles from vetted and reputable car dealers.

Wildcat ABC Child Care, Carlisle Iowa

Wildcat ABC Child Care

Our project includes both building an addition and retrofitting portions of our existing building to serve 90 additional children in our center (for a total of 180). The additional 4,570 square feet of space would include a new kitchen, restrooms, and five classrooms.

Williamsburg Community Child Care Center, Williamsburg

Williamsburg Community Child Care Center

Williamsburg Community Child Care (W4C’s) expanded its existing child care operation by opening a second site (W4C'S North), conveniently located just off I-80 in 2022.

Year 01 Operating Expenses

Iowa City Sober Living (ICSL)

Iowa City Sober Living (ICSL) is a new residential program supporting women in recovery from drugs and alcohol, providing 3-6 months of support designed to decrease recidivism and increase opportunities for healing the mind, body, and spirit.

Building Self-Sufficiency through Supportive Housing Services

Catherine McAuley Center

The goal of this project is to provide women with the skills, tools and support to enable them to thrive while living in the Catherine McAuley Center’s Supportive Housing, and continue to build toward a future of self-sufficiency and empowerment.

CECC Expansion – CCSF Grant

Community Early Childhood Center

This project will allow CECC to increase its capacity by 37%.

Employment Services for Women and Girls with Disabilities

Easterseals of Iowa

Many women and girls come to Easterseals Iowa (ESI) with multiple barriers so an individualized approach is the best way to meet each individual where they are.

First Step Toward Self-Sufficiency

Opening Doors

Opening Doors serves women and children who are experiencing homelessness.

Harvesting Our Potential: Growing Skills, Confidence and Sustainability with Women Farmers

Women Food & Agriculture Network

The project will offer continued mentorship support, a flagship part of this program, for aspiring, beginning and seasoned women farmers.

Hawkeye Child Care Director Credential – CCSF Grant

Hawkeye Community College

Completing credentialed training through Hawkeye Community College’s Online Child Care Director Training has the potential to significantly increase the lifetime earnings of child care workers in Black Hawk County.