January 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa West Foundation…headquartered in Council Bluffs…have announced $4 million in grants for the fourth quarter of 2011.  The grants will be used to assist 44 non-profit organizations and governmental entities with funding for area projects. The current round of foundation grants includes $1.25 million to support the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) to promote local philanthropy and help meet emerging needs in communities.  It is the fourth installment of Iowa West’s six-year pledge.

Other sizable grants this quarter included: 

  • A $487,500 grant to the Nature Conservancy of Iowa for the preservation of a scenic and native Loess Hills area in Mills County (IA); 
  • A $400,000 grant for the implementation of an economic development related strategic plan in rural Pottawattamie County
  • A $350,000 grant was awarded to the United Way of the Midlands – headquartered in Omaha – to complete its 2011 campaign in meeting the needs of southwest Iowans and eastern Nebraskans.  

In addition, many “small but important” grants in the round, including the smallest of $2,000, which went to a Best Buddies program at Harlan (IA) High School to support students with developmental disabilities. 

Iowa West has provided $280 million in grants to non-profits and governmental entities since the inception of its grants program in 1996. Requests for Iowa West grant applications for the second quarter of 2012 will begin March 1, 2012 and will be accepted through April 2, 2012.  Completed applications will be due April 16, 2012.  The deadline to request applications for the first quarter has passed.  

For more information including deadlines, interested organizations may visit the foundation’s website at or contact Deb Debbaut, Grants Manager, at 712-309-3003.  The foundation has recently updated its funding guidelines and procedures, which can be viewed at the website.  Applicants can apply on-line through the website.