Iowa West Foundation has completed its first two grant rounds since announcing a new strategic plan focusing on education, economic development and place-making in Council Bluffs and surrounding communities.
Thus far, more than $7 million in Iowa West Foundation funding has been designated toward accomplishing the goals set forth in the strategic plan. This includes a $1.1 million grant to Green Hills Area Education Agency for four-year-olds in Pottawattamie County to participate in quality early childhood education; a $750,000 grant to the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors for the CITIES program to assist rural communities meet infrastructure needs; and a $1.1 million grant to the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board for a priority segment of the county recreational trail system.
The need for these investments are supported by assessments and studies, but also, and perhaps most importantly, from the input of citizens who live, work and play in our area. As the Foundation continues to expand its efforts to measure the impact of its grants, we will continue to collectively strive to make a positive difference in the quality of life of families in this region.
Community entities working collaboratively can make positive change happen. It will take all of us to reach the desired outcome of a vibrant community with strong, healthy families. We encourage you to feel free to contact the Foundation, frequent our website, and stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.