Iowa West Foundation Awards $6.5 Million in Grants

The Iowa West Foundation in Council Bluffs has announced grants totaling nearly $6.5 million to twenty-two nonprofit organizations and government entities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska.

For the second consecutive year, the foundation awarded $1.8 million in multiyear operating support to seven nonprofit organizations in Pottawattamie County. They are the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands; FAMILY, Inc.; Green Hills AEA; Heartland Family Service; Justice For Our Neighbors; Lutheran Family Services; and MICAH House.

The foundation also awarded $1.2 million to Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment as part of a $7 million commitment in support of a proposal to transform the historic Harvester II building in downtown Council Bluffs into an arts and culture center; $400,000 to the Nature Conservancy for the acquisition of more than five hundred acres in the Loess Hills Natural Area near Council Bluffs; $175,000 to the City of Council Bluffs for Loessfest 2017; and $30,000 to three Pottawattamie County fire departments as part of the its commitment to rural southwest Iowa communities.

"Multiyear funding is a commitment to support organizations in our community that are identified as crucial to the stability of our community," said Iowa West Foundation president and CEO Pete Tulipana. "It's also a commitment by the organizations to engage in recommended ongoing capacity building to strengthen the development of their organizations."

For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Iowa West Foundation website.