The Iowa West Foundation in Council Bluffs has announced grants totaling $4.7 million to eighteen nonprofit organizations and government entities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska.
In the third and last of the foundation's three funding rounds for 2019, grants were awarded in the areas of education and wellness, as well as to organizations serving rural communities in southwest Iowa. The grants include $500,000 to the Council Bluffs Community School District in support of International Baccalaureate programs at two middle schools and an expansion of BLink, a free community Wi-Fi service in Council Bluffs; and $160,000 to the Lewis Central School District in support of its mental health services for students.
"Our schools are some of our greatest assets in the community, and the Iowa West Foundation is committed to supporting their efforts," said Iowa West Foundation president and CEO Pete Tulipana. "While each grant funds a unique program or service, they all provide students with the tools they need to succeed in school and in life."
Additional gifts include $32,500 to the Nishna Valley Family YMCA; $1.5 million in support of the Iowa West Sports Plex, an indoor turf facility that will be operated by the Council Bluffs Soccer Club; $10,000 to the Avoca Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of gear; and $10,000 to the Crescent Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of a hands-free mechanical CPR device.
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Iowa West Foundation website.
(Image credit: Council Bluffs Soccer Club)