The Iowa Women’s Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2018 grants. Last year, we awarded more than $108,000, the largest amount in our history. Help us continue this trend by submitting your application to become a grant partner, or by contributing to one of our fundraising efforts like Ovation.

What We’re Looking For

Economic self-sufficiency for all of Iowa’s women and girls is central to the mission of the Iowa Women’s Foundation and to our grants program. To be successful, proposed projects must focus primarily on serving the needs and aspirations of women and girls. To this end, six specific areas have been identified as the most critical barriers for Iowa women and girls, and all grant applications must address one of these barriers. These barriers include: employment, childcare, housing, education/training, transportation, and mentorship.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for a grant, nonprofit organizations must complete an application available here. We invite interested applicants to learn more about our statewide grant-making process at information sessions to be held in Iowa City, Davenport, Des Moines, and Waterloo. At each session, an overview of IWF will be provided to give applicants assistance on how to prepare a competitive application. A Q&A session will follow and attendees will have an opportunity to meet the IWF staff and other applicants. The information session schedule is available here. All applications must be completed and submitted by 5:00 p.m. on May 31, 2017.


Due to the generous support of our donors, IWF is on target to be able to grant $100,000 for the 2018 award cycle. The more we raise, the more we can give out to communities across the state, largely due to increasing donor contributions.  Those wishing to support these grants can make an online donation or contact Dawn Oliver Wiand at 319-774-3814 to discuss how to become involved in improving the lives of Iowa’s women and girls.