Community Foundation for western iowa awards $64,845 in latest impact grants funding cycle

(Council Bluffs, IA) – After a thorough evaluation process, the Community Foundation for Western Iowa and its Impact Grants Committee – a group of county residents and board members – are pleased to announce this year’s grant award recipients. The Community Foundation elected to award 39 Community Impact Grants totaling $64,844.89 to nonprofit and city organizations throughout Pottawattamie County.

The Community Foundation received a record 74 grant proposals totaling $302,933 in project requests, with total project budgets combined at an astonishing $14 Million dollars, signifying the incredible work that is being done in the cities throughout Pottawattamie County.

Individual grant awards for this year’s funding cycle ranged from $500 to $5,000 to benefit innovative and meaningful projects that align with the Foundation’s mission to improve the lives of all county residents. Annually, Community Impact Grants funding is eligible to any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization or governmental entity for creative or impactful projects that meet a clear, identifiable need in Pottawattamie County. Grants are allocated to projects in a variety of focus areas, such as: Arts & Culture, Community Betterment, Community Engagement, Education, Environment, Health, Human Services, and Youth.

“This incredible work happening across our county truly illustrates the importance of the nonprofit sector in our region,” said Donna Dostal, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We congratulate each grant recipient, and thank all of the organizations that submitted applications this year for their wonderful work to make Pottawattamie County an amazing place to live, work, enjoy, and celebrate. We also want to express our deepest gratitude to our Community Impact Granting Committee for their dedication to equity, impact, and philanthropy.”

The majority of the Community Foundation’s grant making is directed by donors who have funds created to purposefully impact charities located within our community and throughout Western Iowa. Dostal added that individuals and businesses can create their own fund through the Community Foundation to “give back” and contributions can receive major tax benefits. New endowment funds and future contributions, if applicable, can receive an additional 10% contribution from the Community Foundation for Western Iowa, and an Endow Iowa tax credit of 25% may also be available. In 2022, investors at the Community Foundation awarded 280 grants totaling an astounding $5.6 million dollars to a variety of nonprofit organizations. For information on creating a fund, please call 712-256-7007 or visit for details. The Community Foundation for Western Iowa is nationally accredited by the Council on Foundations (

2023 Community Grants Award Recipients