The Iowa West Foundation in Council Bluffs has announced grants totaling $6.4 million in support of nonprofits and government entities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska.
In its first funding cycle of 2019, the foundation awarded grants to nonprofits working to address homelessness and poverty in Council Bluffs, including $100,000 in general operating support to New Vision Homeless Services; $90,000 in general operating support to Micah House; and $100,000 to Omaha Bridges Out of Poverty in support of its Council Bluffs Poverty Alleviation initiative. As part of its ongoing commitment to rural southwest Iowa communities, the foundation awarded $10,000 each to the Carson, Hancock, and Treynor volunteer fire departments for EMS equipment and $8,650 to the Underwood volunteer fire department for thermal imaging equipment. And the foundation awarded $29,000 to match donations made during the Omaha Community Foundation and Pottawattamie County Community Foundation's Pottawattamie Gives! online giving day event and $50,000 in general operating support to SHARE Omaha, a new volunteer and donation platform.
The awards include multiyear grants over three years, which the foundation first awarded in 2016 to human services organizations in the area and expanded in 2018 to arts organizations.
“The multiyear funding commitment eases the burden on nonprofits to allow these organizations to focus on building their capacity to better achieve their mission,” said Iowa West Foundation president and CEO Pete Tulipana. “The training is designed to help nonprofits understand their strengths and weaknesses when examined next to best practice in the industry.”
For a complete list of recipients, see the Iowa West Foundation website.
(Photo credit: Micah House)