Now that fourth quarter grant applications have been submitted, we are ready to inform our stakeholders about changes to the process that will take affect in January of 2015. You can read about the changes in depth in the Grantmaking section of our website, but we’d like for you to have some context as you do that.
The idea to revamp the policies and procedures for grant applications came about following the completion of our strategic plan, which was based on extensive community input. As the Foundation has grown and evolved, grant impact and evaluation have become focal points. In order to align with the new vision, it was critical to update the Foundation’s policies and procedures to reflect those emphases.
With board approval, key updates were made that remain consistent with our current work. Many policies stayed the same, while others are more noticeable changes, such as a three periods per year grant cycle instead of four quarters.
While some of the policies and procedures may have changed, the Iowa West Foundation’s goal remains the same: to make the region a desirable place for families to live and work and businesses to locate by focusing on Place-making, Economic Development, Education and Healthy Families.
We certainly understand that these changes may generate some questions, and we are happy to answer them. Over the course of the next couple months, we will be doing everything we can to make this transition a seamless process for our grant applicants and recipients. By hosting a series of events in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County as well as surrounding communities, in addition to frequent communication through our social media channels, we plan to ensure everyone is up to speed come the new year.
That way, our non-profit partners can continue to do the work they do best, which is to make this region the best it can be.
If you have a question that hasn’t been answered in the Grantmaking section, please feel free to contact us.