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Since its inception, the Iowa West Foundation's grant program has awarded more than $300 million to improve the quality of life in our region. These stories highlight some of these grants and show the impact they make on our community.

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Update on West Broadway Reconstruction Project Funding

The Iowa West Foundation Board voted on Tuesday, March 21 to fund Phase I of the West Broadway Reconstruction Project as planned. The Foundation is unable at the present time to reach a decision on whether or not it can make a funding commitment beyond Ph…
The following letter was sent to the Council Bluffs City Council on March 22, 2017. On November 15, 2016, the Iowa West Foundation approved a $9 million grant initiative for…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/update-west-broadway-reconstruction-project-funding/

Children's Mental Health Initiative Helps Boy Get Back in the Classroom

Funded by the Iowa West Foundation, the children's mental health initiative, in partnership with Lewis Central School District and Heartland Family Service, offers therapeutic services for K-12 students; teacher training to help identify mental and behavi…
When talking to Jennie Scivally about the trials of raising her middle son, the first thing you notice is her steady demeanor. For a mother who has had a front row seat to ment…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/childrens-mental-health-initiative-helps-boy-get-back-classr/

Iowa West Field House: A Commitment to the Community

From the beginning, our goals for the field house were not only to provide access to southwest Iowa sports teams but also to drive economic development in the Mid-America Center and tourism in Council Bluffs.
As you may have seen in the news lately, the Iowa West Field House is officially open for league and tournament play! Opening weekend Jan. 13-15th was a huge success, with bot…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/iowa-west-field-house-commitment-community/

Without Meals on Wheels, Council Bluffs Resident Would Go Hungry

Thankfully, the former teacher is one of more than 200 recipients of Connections Area Agency on Aging, “Meals on Wheels” program. Earlier this year, the Iowa West Foundation awarded a $70,000 grants to ensure homebound seniors in Pottawattamie County coul…
Every morning without fail, Jeannie Grim-Ford wakes up and makes two lists. Both are “to-do” lists, however, one is a “have to” and the other is a “want to.” For the Council Bluf…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/without-meals-wheels-council-bluffs-resident-would-go-hungry/

2015 Annual Report

In preparing for this year’s annual report,it became clear that there were a number of major projects started in 2015 that are still in the works (at the Mid-America Center, the Riverfront, and West Broadway to name a few). Because the work on these trans…
In preparing for this year’s annual report, it became clear that there were a number of major projects started in 2015 that are still in the works (at the Mid-America Center, …
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/2015-annual-report/

Call for Support of Fieldhouse/Hotel Project

The City Council voted at last Monday’s City Council meeting to postpone the Fieldhouse/Hotel Project at the Mid-America Center so that they could receive additional public input. We would encourage you to contact your City Council members within the next…
The City Council voted at last Monday’s City Council Meeting to postpone the Fieldhouse/Hotel Project at the Mid-America Center so that they could receive additional public input.…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/call-support-fieldhousehotel-project/

The Foundation's Role in Responsibility

“With great power comes great responsibility.” This adage comes to mind because I was recently asked “Isn’t your job just to give away money?” Well, yes and no. Yes, our primary “job,” is to award funding three times per year. But along with that comes th…
“With great power comes great responsibility.” This adage comes to mind because I was recently asked: “Isn’t your job just to give away money?” Well, yes and no. Yes, our pri…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/foundations-role-responsibility/

Field Trip to the Omaha Children's Museum

Earlier this year, I got to experience a “Grant at Work” first-hand when I chaperoned my daughter’s field trip to the Omaha Children’s Museum. The museum recently received a $40,000 grant from the Iowa West Foundation to provide field trips and reduced ra…
In my position as the Director of Communications for the Foundation, I am privileged to tell the stories of how our grantees benefit southwest Iowans. In the past two years, I’ve …
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/grants-work/field-trip-omaha-childrens-museum/

New tenants will bring vibrancy to the MAC

Since the opening of the Mid-America Center and surrounding plaza, the hope was that the area would be bustling with shoppers and diners. The lack of vibrancy and action have been disappointing to all involved. Now we have reason to believe that the MAC a…
Since the opening of the Mid-America Center and surrounding plaza, the hope was that the area would be bustling with shoppers and diners, both from Council Bluffs and Omaha, as w…
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/new-tenants-will-bring-vibrancy-mac/

Election Key to Progress in CB

In the past, residents have not turned out in large numbers for the city elections. If you enjoy the nice parks, the library, the bike/walking trails, the arts and culture activities and museums, and the swimming pools, we would encourage you to become a…
For more than 20 years, the Iowa West Foundation has worked with the City of Council Bluffs to bring about transformational revitalization projects to our community. One need not …
http://iowawestfoundation.org/blogs/leadership-notes/election-key-progress-cb/

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