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Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF) Grant

Grants to Iowa Nonprofits to Improve
Opportunities for Women and Girls

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Foundation / Corporation

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Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF)

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Deadline Date:

05/31/18 5:00 PM CDT Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations to enhance the lives of women and girls within the state. Funding is intended for programs that address the most crucial barriers that women and girls face including childcare, education and training, mentorship, employment, housing, and transportation.

IWF 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.

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 self-sufficiency.
- 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 states, regions, or countries between the women in Iowa and the global world.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143869

Estimated Size of Grant:

Until recently, IWF grants were generally limited to $5,000 per project. Having received additional support from donors, the Foundation began considering awards up to $10,000 per project in the 2017-2018 cycle.

Term of Contract:

IWF 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 up to a total of three years (including the year of the initial grant).

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 funding:
- 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:

Information sessions will be held in Iowa City, Davenport, Des Moines, and Waterloo. At each session an overview of IWF will be provided giving applicants insight on how to prepare a competitive application. A Q & A will follow and attendees will have an opportunity to meet the IWF staff and other applicants.

Des Moines, Iowa:
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
United Way of Central Iowa, Conference Center Room F
1111 Ninth Street, Des Moines
Conference Call information will be available to join by phone
RSVP by Friday, March 23, to Dawn Oliver Wiand.

Waterloo, Iowa:
Monday, April 2, 2018
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Philanthropy Center
425 Cedar Street, Suite 312, Waterloo
RSVP by Thursday, March 29, to Dawn Oliver Wiand.

Davenport, Iowa:
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
940 Golden Valley Drive
RSVP by Thursday, March 29, to Dawn Oliver Wiand.

Iowa City, Iowa:
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Iowa Women's Foundation
2201 East Grantview Drive, Suite 200, Coralville
Zoom Link will be available to join by video conferencing
RSVP by Thursday, March 29, to Dawn Oliver Wiand.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- March 2018:Grant application period opens
- March 28-April 4, 2018: Community Information Sessions on Applying foran IWF Grant will be held in Davenport, Waterloo, Des Moines, and Iowa City
- March-May 2018: Mentors available to review draft grant applications before being submitted to the IWF.
- Thursday, May 31, 2018: Grant applications due in IWF office by 5pm CDT
- September 2018: Applicants notified
- October 2018: Successful applicants featured at IWF Luncheon
- January 2019: Grant contracts signed, followed by distribution of first allocation of grant funds
- July 2019: Mid-year reports due, followed by distribution of second allocation of funds
- January 2020: Final reports due

The deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on the last working day of May – May 31, 2018.

For 2018-19, IWF will have volunteer mentors available to review a draft of your grant application prior to official submission. To request assistance from a mentor, please send an email to the Foundation and include “Mentor Inquiry” in the subject line no later than May 1, 2018.

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

Applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize data from the SHE Matters reports when preparing their grant proposals. Reports can be found at

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Contact Information:

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

Applications should be submitted to:

For general inquiries please contact:

Dawn Oliver Wiand, IWF Executive Director

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

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USA: Iowa