The Iowa Finance Authority board of directors recently awarded a total of $945,385 in grants to 25 Iowa service providers to assist with costs associated with operating homeless and domestic violence shelters. The funding is made available through the Shelter Assistance Fund program. Six organizations in Polk County received grants: Central Iowa Shelter & Services - $80,000; Children & Families of Iowa - $28,000; Cottage Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church - $36,000; Des Moines Area Religious Council - $28,000; Family Promise of Greater Des Moines - $18,000; and Youth Emergency Services & Shelter - $23,680. Service providers may use Shelter Assistance Fund grants to assist with costs associated with providing essential services, emergency shelter operations and homelessness prevention services. The Iowa Council on Homelessness reported that 16,238 homeless Iowans were served by service providers throughout the state in 2012, which is a decline from 19,526 reported at the time of the annual report in 2011.