Since its founding in 1994, the Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF) has awarded funding to over 100 organizations working in every county in Iowa.


Celebrating with 2018 Grantee Partners


Each year we receive many outstanding applications for funding. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure that your application is completed correctly.

Core Grants

The Core Grants Program focuses specifically on six areas that have been identified as the most critical barriers for Iowa women and girls. All grant applications must address one or more of these barriers. Barriers include: employment, childcare, housing, education/training, transportation, and mentorship.

Grant applications are reviewed annually and are due on the last working day of May. Grant recipients are notified in September, with funds distributed in two allotments in January and July of the following year.

To apply for an IWF grant in the next grant cycle, please follow these steps:

  1. Review and download the guidelines for grant applicants.
  2. Learn more about successful grant partners from previous years.
  3. Download the application.
  4. Request a volunteer mentor, if desired, to help you develop a strong proposal.
  5. Complete and submit the application by 5:00 p.m. on the last working day of May.


Child Care Solutions Fund

The CCS Fund focuses on strategies to increase women’s economic security by decreasing the workforce gap through access to quality, affordable child care. The process operates on a different timeline and structure than IWF’s Core Grants Program as outlined above, and various stakeholders, partners, and experts in child care in and around Iowa will make decisions regarding awards.

Letters of Interest (LOI) will be accepted from June 15, 2018 – August 1, 2018. 

Letter of Interest Instructions


Women and girls have unique ways of solving problems, and the world is in dire need of those strategies right now.

Robyn Hepker, Donor