The Iowa West Foundation in Council Bluffs has announced grants totaling $7.9 million to forty-one nonprofit organizations and government entities across southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska.
In the foundation's first funding cycle of 2020, grants were awarded to organizations working to address needs in rural communities and in the areas of education and workforce development. The awards include more than $500,000 to Pottawattamie County in support of various projects, including the rural housing study CITIES program, and Arrowhead Campground in Neola; $1.1 million to the Iowa Western Community College Foundation in support of the Pottawattamie Promise scholarship initiative; $150,000 to the Council Bluffs Chamber (via the Greater Omaha Chamber Foundation) to improve the local workforce ecosystem; and $500,000 to the Council Bluffs Community School District for summer school programming.
Additional grants include $325,000 to the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation for infrastructure improvements at Hitchcock Nature Center; $961,328 in support of the IWF Sports Plex; and $100,000 to Omaha Bridges Out of Poverty in support of the southwest Iowa poverty alleviation initiative.
"We know the region is stronger when our rural communities are vibrant and flourishing," said Iowa West Foundation president and CEO Pete Tulipana. "The Iowa West Foundation's vision of a place where families want to live and businesses want to locate includes all communities in our geographic funding area."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Iowa West Foundation website.