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.

Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Dysart – CCSF Grant

Little Knights Learning Center

When Union Community School District (UCSD) saw increased enrollment, Little Knights Learning Center (LKLC) was forced to quickly relocate.

Women Workforce Ready

YWCA Clinton

This program aims to build upon the foundation of our RRHP to ensure that once women are housed, they are equipped to keep their homes and experience financial and personal stability.

CECC Expansion

Community Early Childhood Center – BCCSF Grant

The Community Early Childhood Center (CECC) expansion project will add a 4,908 square foot addition on to the north side of the current one level facility, allowing CECC to increase the number of children to whom we can provide child care services from 151 children to 207.

Cedar Valley Kids design project

Cedar Valley Kids – BCCSF Grant

Cedar Valley Kids (CVK) will provide high-quality childcare to infants through school-age children. Ideally, CVK will build two or more sites, each serving about 100 children, in Waterloo. Funding will be used for initial design expenses which can then be replicated for additional sites and not duplicated saving funds for construction and startup costs.

Creating Economic Mobility for Women – CORE Grant

Horizons, A Family Service Alliance

The “Creating Economic Mobility for Women” program covers the ridership fees of women dropping their children off to daycare for work shifts and the subsequent transportation to work.

Expanding Supportive Housing for Women – CORE Grant

Catherine McAuley Center

The goal of this project is to expand support to women in need of housing and services as they heal from trauma and regain stability in their lives. While it specifically focuses on housing, there is a tight interconnectedness with employment, childcare and education related barriers.

Expansion of Quality & Affordable Early Learning

Crittenton Center – BCCSF Grant

Crittenton center offers high quality, affordable early learning care for families in all socio-economic levels. The project will expand childcare access to families in the most rapidly growing yet underserved area of Siouxland.

Girls Mentoring Project – CORE Grant

United Way of the Quad Cities

United Way of the Quad Cities’ African American Leadership Society (AALS) formed to address the opportunity gap in their community. The ultimate goal is to provide stability in the students’ lives so they can benefit more from the education they receive.

Growing Beyond Barriers – CORE Grant

Crittenton Center

The Sioux City Community School District developed a program to provide support to high school parents and assist them in completing their educations. This project is designed to get student parents into the classroom with as little disruption as possible, advocating for those who need an extra voice to reach their potential.

Harvesting Our Potential: Growing Skills, Confidence and Sustainability – CORE Grant

Women Food & Agriculture Network

For 20 years the WFAN’s Harvesting Our Potential (HOP) program has been inspiring and growing women farmers and advocates by empowering them to become active farmers, mentors, and advocates.