The Iowa West Foundation in Council Bluffs has announced grants totaling $7.7 million to twenty-four nonprofit organizations and government entities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska.
Through the second of its three annual funding cycles, the foundation awarded grants to address diversity, inclusion, and equity in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County. The grants include $300,000 to the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, with $166,000 earmarked for the Women's Fund of southwest Iowa; $75,000 to Centro Latino for operational support; and $16,000 to One Iowa for a needs assessment of the area's LGBTQIA+ community.
"We are honored to work with the Iowa West Foundation, University of Iowa, and Des Moines University on this important endeavor," said One Iowa executive director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel. "Data is essential to ensuring our work to improve LGBTQ individuals' lives is impactful. As a result of this project, we will have quantifiable data for the first time ever to inform our work addressing the specific needs of LGBTQ individuals in western Iowa."
The foundation also made awards in support of a number of recreational projects, including a grant of $2 million to the Iowa West Sports Plex, an indoor turf facility that will be operated by the Council Bluffs Soccer Club; a grant of $600,000 to help complete pickleball courts already under construction at the Iowa West Field House; and a grant of $350,000 to Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development in support of its Loess Hills Missouri River Region Cabin Initiative.
In addition, the foundation awarded a total of $200,000 to organizations providing disaster relief to victims of record flooding in the area earlier this year, including $50,000 to Food Bank for the Heartland, $15,000 to the Salvation Army, and $25,000 to Iowa Legal Aid.
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Iowa West Foundation website.