The Iowa Women’s Foundation has distributed $360,000 in funding to 23 grant recipients who are working to tackle the issues that IWF has identified as barriers to economic self-sufficiency for women and girls. Those barriers are child care, transportation, mentorship, employment, housing and education/training.

The foundation distributed the funding through two of its grant programs; the Core Grants and Community Child Care Solutions grant.

Core Grants is a $150,000 program that funds organizations that work to address any of the six barriers. Recipients of that program were announced last fall, and included Hawkeye Community College Foundation, Iowa City Sober Living, Iowa’s Jobs for America’s Graduates, Girls Inc. of Sioux City, NewBo City Market and Oakridge Neighborhood Services.

The Community Child Care Solutions Grant goes to organizations who are working to increase the number of child care slots in the state. Recipients of the child care grant are:

  • 4 C’s Community Coordinated Child Care.
  • Catherine McAuley Center.
  • City of Roland.
  • Community United Child Care Centers Inc.
  • Council Bluffs Schools Foundation.
  • Discoveries Learning Center.
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa.
  • MICAH House Corp.
  • Noble Initiative Foundation.
  • Shooting Star Childcare.
  • Sprouts Early Learning Academy.
  • Sumner Daycare and Learning Center Inc.
  • To the Rescue.
  • Waverly Child Care and Preschool.
  • Waypoint.
  • Wildcat ABC Child Care.
  • Williamsburg Community Child Care Center.

In its 25 years of grantmaking, the Iowa Women’s Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 million to 172 organizations across the state. More information about all of the recipients can be found on the Iowa Women’s Foundation website.


Photo: Iowa Women’s Foundation 2023 grant recipients at a check presentation in Coralville on Jan. 11. Submitted photo.