Iowa West Foundation announces $4.1-million in 3rd Qtr. 2013 grants


October 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa West Foundation, headquartered in Council Bluffs, has announced $4.1 million in grants for the third quarter of 2013. The grants will be used to assist 39 nonprofit organizations and governmental entities with funding for area projects. (Below is a list of the recipients, the grant purpose & amount):

ALS in the Heartland Inc., new patient services for “Lou Gehrig’s” disease in southwest Iowa, $7,670

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, community-based mentoring in Mills and Pottawattamie counties, $40,000

• Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, general operating support for Council Bluffs club, $140,000

Carson, Iowa, Business Club, improvement to the community’s Dreamland Theater, $5,000

Carstens 1880 Farmstead Inc., preservation projects at historic farm site near Shelby, $15,000

• Children’s Imagination Station Daycare & Preschool, motor skill equipment at Denison facility, $3,625

• Children’s Square U.S.A., replacement of windows at Council Bluffs Children’s Center, $32,000

City of Council Bluffs, support of events for 2014 LoessFest at River’s Edge Park, $250,000

• Council Bluffs Community School District, renovation of a site for a collaboration with Heartland Family Service, $407,500

• Council Bluffs Goodfellows, program to assist local families during holiday season, $45,000

• Council Bluffs Trees Forever, plantings along new trail in eastern part of city, $8,220

• Creighton University, expansion of financial education program in Council Bluffs, $70,126

Eckels Memorial Library, additions to the library collection in Oakland, $2,500

• French Icarian Colony Foundation, continued development at site of French Icarian Village near Corning, $20,000

• Grist Mill Fine Arts Council Inc., roof replacement of community fine arts center in Macedonia, $5,000

• Heartland Family Service, substance abuse case management in southwest Iowa, $143,000

• HELP Adult Services, health equipment services in southwest Iowa, $2,000

• Historical Society of Pottawattamie County, restoration of a historic downtown jail and a former train dining car, $26,625

• Humanities Iowa, cultural speaker programs in southwest Iowa, $4,500

• Inclusive Communities, human relations workshops for southwest Iowa youth, $10,000

• Iowa Legal Aid, legal education services for southwest Iowa families and foster care youth, $76,134

• Iowa Newspaper Foundation, newspapers in southwest Iowa school libraries, $18,500

• Iowa West Foundation Streetscape Initiative, city of Council Bluffs streetscape maintenance, $444,000

• Iowa Western Community College, information technology internships in collaboration with local businesses, $101,187

• Joslyn Art Museum, “Museum to the Classroom” program for Pottawattamie County schools, $20,000

• Justice For Out Neighbors-Nebraska, legal consultations in southwest Iowa on immigrant issues, $25,000

• Keep Council Bluffs Beautiful Inc., “CURB” – improvements in local neighborhoods, $60,000

• Macedonia Historical Preservation Society, expansion of Pioneer Trail Museum in Macedonia, $50,000

• Midlands Community Foundation, Honor Flight to Washington D.C. for Korean War veterans of southwest Iowa, $30,000

• Montgomery County Family YMCA, wellness equipment at the Red Oak facility, $32,500

• New Community Development Corporation, construction job training programs at community college in Council Bluffs, $140,000

• Omaha Children’s Museum, student field trips from local schools, $45,000

• Omaha Zoological Society, multi-purpose preschool classrooms at Henry Doorly Zoo, $100,000

• Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, support for donor outreach and foundation operations, $175,000

• Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, acquisition of natural area in eastern part of county, $210,000

• Pottawattamie County Development Corporation, support for Council Bluffs downtown revitalization fund, $800,000

• Pottawattamie County Firefighters Association, equipment upgrade fund for volunteer fire and rescue departments, $175,000

• R.E.S.P.E.C.T.2, theater programs in southwest Iowa schools on healthy relationships, $8,500

• Tabor Historical Society, preservation of the historic Rev. John Todd House in Tabor, $35,000

• United Way of the Midlands, human services programs in Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area, $360,000