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.
“What stands out this quarter is the Iowa West Foundation’s support for important regional amenities,” said Pete Tulipana, Iowa West president and CEO. “These grants exemplify our board of directors’ belief that the foundation’s philanthropy has a regionwide positive impact.” He added that “these amenities are utilized by citizens from both Iowa and Nebraska, as well as visitors to our area.”
Tulipana specifically cited the great success of the first “Loessfest,” which Iowa West supported with a grant awarded in the fourth quarter of 2012. It began Memorial Day weekend with a concert by the Beach Boys. This quarter, the foundation announced a grant of $250,000 for the second year of this early summer celebration at River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs.
Another example that Tulipana highlighted was a $100,000 grant to the Zoological Society of Omaha for the construction of a multipurpose preschool classroom at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.
“Our project will be another example of the Iowa West Foundation’s impact as a regional grant maker,” said Dennis Pate, CEO and executive director of the zoo. “Thanks to the Iowa West Foundation, this classroom will enable us to expand our education efforts to the pre-K level while we explore new teaching methods to best serve this age group in our region.”
Funding for the foundation’s grants comes from the investment earnings and the Iowa West Racing Association, which receives contracted license fees from casino operators Ameristar and Harrah’s. The Iowa West Racing Association distributes funds to the Iowa West Foundation — an independent 501(c)(3) organization. The foundation makes grants throughout southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska.
Requests for Iowa West grant applications for the first quarter of 2014 will begin Dec. 1, and will be accepted through Jan. 1, 2014. Completed applications will be due Jan. 15, 2014. The deadline to request applications for the fourth quarter has passed.
For more information, including deadlines, interested organizations may visit the foundation’s website at www.iowawestfoundation.org or contact Deb Debbaut, grants manager, at 712-309-3003.
ALS in the Heartland Inc., new patient services for southwest Iowa, $7,670
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, community-based mentoring in Mills and Pottawattamie Counties in Iowa, $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, Iowa, $15,000
Children’s Imagination Station Daycare & Preschool, motor skill equipment at Denison, Iowa, facility, $3,625
Children’s Square U.S.A., replacement windows, $32,000
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 Oakland, Iowa, library collection, $2,500
French Icarian Colony Foundation, continued development at site of French Icarian Village near Corning, Iowa, $20,000
Grist Mill Fine Arts Council Inc., roof replacement of community fine arts center in Macedonia, Iowa, $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 Our 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, Iowa, $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, Iowa, facility, $32,500
New Community Development Corp., construction job-training programs at community college in Council Bluffs, $140,000
Omaha Children’s Museum, student field trips from local schools, $45,000
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 Corp., 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, Iowa, $35,000
United Way of the Midlands, human services programs in Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area, $360,000