The Iowa West Foundation has announced grants totaling $6.4 million to twenty-one nonprofit organizations and governmental entities in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska working in the areas of economic development, education, health, and placemaking.
For the first time, the foundation awarded multiyear general operating support to seven organizations in Pottawattamie County — the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands, FAMILY, Inc., Green Hills AEA, Heartland Family Service, Justice For Our Neighbors, Lutheran Family Services, and the MICAH House.
The foundation also announced $500,000 in funding for its most recent Community Development initiative, which brings together five Council Bluffs organizations around the idea of proactive "placemaking," which includes real estate development, neighborhood engagement, and the design and activation of public spaces. In addition, the City of Council Bluffs received $175,000 for its fourth annual Loessfest and $1.5 million for a landing park at the riverfront, boosting IWF's total funding for Phase II of the park to $3.5 million.
"Multiyear funding is a commitment to support organizations in our community that — based on due diligence findings — are 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 on-going capacity building to strengthen the development of their organizations."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Iowa West Foundation website.