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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

04/30/21 5:00 PM CDT Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations and grassroots groups for programs and services to enhance the lives of women and girls throughout the State. Eligible projects help to provide women and girls with the necessary resources for achieving success and self-sufficiency.

Projects that receive IWF Core Grant funding: Economic self-sufficiency for all of Iowa’s women and girls is central to the mission of the Iowa Women’s Foundation and the Core Grants program. To be successful proposed projects must focus primarily on serving the needs and aspirations of women and girls. To this end, six specific areas have been identified as the most critical barriers for Iowa women and girls, and all grant applications must address one of these barriers: employment, childcare, housing, education/training, transportation, or mentorship. 

Funded projects and programs 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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143869

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards up to $10,000 per project

Term of Contract:

WF grants run January 1 to December 31. Projects must be completed within one year. Occasionally, projects may be considered for additional funding in subsequent grant cycles.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.

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:

The IWF will host a Statewide Information Session via the online conferencing service, Zoom, on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

During the session, IWF staff will provide an overview of IWF and give applicants insight on how to prepare a competitive application. A Q & A will follow and attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the grant application process with IWF staff and other applicants. RSVP by Monday, March 1, 2021. A Zoom link with instructions will be sent to those who RSVP.

Pre-Application Information:

Key dates for 2021-2022 Iowa Women’s Foundation Core Grants cycle :
- March 4, 2021, 10:00 am: Statewide Information Session via Zoom.
- March 4, 2021 Deadline for requesting a Mentor who can review the draft of your grant application before being submitted to the IWF. If you are interested in a mentor, please send an email to the Foundation.
- April 30, 2021: All applications must be received in the IWF office no later than 5:00 PM CDT
- September 2021: Applicants notified
- October 7, 2021: Successful applicants featured at IWF Luncheon
- January 2022: Check presentation and contracts signed
- July 2022: Mid-year reports due, followed by distribution of second allocation of funds
- January 2023: Final reports due

Contact Information:

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

Email completed application forms, Information Session RSVPs, and requests for mentor assistance to the Iowa Women’s Foundation at

For general inquiries please contact
Dawn Oliver Wiand, IWF Executive Director
Office phone: 319-774-3814

Iowa Women's Foundation
2201 East Grantview Drive, Suite 200
Coralville, IA 52241

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