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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits and Grassroots Groups
to Enhance the Lives of Women and Girls

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Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF)

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Deadline Date:

04/29/22 5:00 PM CDT


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Grants of $25,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations and grassroots groups for projects to address the needs of local women and girls. Eligible activities must address one of the following identified barriers to economic security: child care, education and training, employment, housing, mentoring, and transportation.

The Iowa Women's Foundation seeks to foster an environment in which each woman and girl has the resources – human, social, and financial – necessary for a successful future. These resources come in many forms, a living wage, warm roofs overhead, enough food on the table, adequate clothing, timely care for medical needs, readily available transportation, appropriate vocational training, and safe affordable child care. In this vision of the future, human security is the norm and all women are active, contributing members of society. The IWF uses research to identify the biggest barriers to women’s success as well as their greatest needs and encourages others, including potential grantees, to do the same.

In addition to addressing one of the six previously stated barriers, projects funded by IWF grants typically embody one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Advocate on issues that lead to long-term change for women and girls
  • Employ strategies designed to address causes of systemic, societal problems
  • Address activities that enable women and/or girls as a group to achieve economic selfsufficiency
  • Offer strategies that develop positive self-images for young and adolescent girls
  • Promote prevention, early intervention, and enrichment activities
  • Are creative, innovative, and new to the community they serve
  • Increase the range of choices and expand opportunities for women and girls
  • Work toward the elimination of discrimination
  • Could provide a model for replication by other service providers addressing the same clients or similar needs
  • Promote the interconnectedness of issues across the states, regions or countries between the women and girls in Iowa and the Global world
  • IWF places no restrictions on the number of years a program can be funded. However, to receive subsequent funding for the same program, IWF will want to see growth, expansion, and/or innovation to the original program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 143869

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Number of Grants:

IWF will award six grants to organizations tackling one of the barriers to women’s economic self-sufficiency for the 2023 year. Only one grant will be awarded per barrier.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit 501(C)3 tax-exempt organizations or grassroots groups serving women and girls in Iowa are encouraged to apply for IWF grants.

Projects that are not eligible for IWF Core Grant funding:
• Any project that does not specifically address one of the stated barriers.
• Existing or new endowment funds
• Capital projects such as the acquisition of land, buildings and major equipment; or the construction or renovation of facilities
• Research or medical projects
• Reimbursement for previously incurred expenses
• Conference attendance
• Political campaigns for candidates
• Promotion of religious activities
• Activities inconsistent with federal, state, and local non-discrimination ordinances regarding equal employment opportunity

Pre-proposal Conference:

IWF will host a Core Grants information session on March 3, 2022. To join this virtual meeting, RSVP by February 28 to receive a Zoom link. Send your RSVP to using the subject line “Grants Info Session.”

Pre-Application Information:

Core Grant Applications for 2023 open February 1. Complete and submit the application by 5:00 p.m. on April 29.

The RFP will be available beginning February 1, 2022 until April 29, 2022. Organizations receiving the $25,000 grants will be announced at the Annual Luncheon scheduled for September 29, 2022.

Key Dates for 2022 – 2023 Core Grants Cycle
- February 2022 Grant application period opens
- March 3, 2022 Statewide Information Session via Zoom
- March 3, 2022 Deadline for requesting a Mentor to review a draft of your grant application before submitting the final to IWF.
- April 29, 2022 Deadline to submit an application for consideration.
- September 2022 Applicants will be notified by September 1, 2022
- September 29, 2022 Successful applicants featured at IWF annual luncheon
- January 2023 Check presentation and signed contracts due
- April – Sept. 2023 Site visits by members of the Grants Committee
- July 2023 Mid-year reports due, followed by distribution of second allocation of Funds
- January 2024 Final reports due

The IWF provides the opportunity for you to have a mentor review a draft of your grant application prior to official submission. Requests for assistance from a mentor must be received by Thursday, March 3, 2022.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you are unable to complete and/or submit the form in this format, please contact to arrange for an alternative means of completion.

To request a mentor, email with “Mentor Request” in the subject line no later than March 4, 2022.

For questions please send an email to or call 319-774-3813.

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USA: Iowa

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