Community Foundation for western iowa awards record $68,870 in latest and largest impact grants funding cycle

June 8, 2022 - In its latest and largest Impact Grants funding cycle to-date, the Community Foundation for Western Iowa, formerly Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, is pleased to announce its 2022 Community Impact Grants award recipients. After a thorough evaluation process, the Community Impact Grants Committee – a group of county residents and board members – elected to award 40 Community Impact Grants totaling $68,870 to Pottawattamie County nonprofit and city organizations, a 15% increase in grant dollars from the 2021 grant cycle.

The Community Foundation received 64 grant proposals totaling $226,921.63 in project requests, with total project budgets combined at an impressive $1.9 Million dollars, signifying the incredible work that is being done in 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 record-breaking cycle for our Community Impact Grants truly illustrates the amazing and impactful work being done throughout our county by nonprofit organizations and community groups,” said Donna Dostal, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Our entire team here at the Community Foundation is committed to supporting these important projects and programs, not only with funding, but also through communication and sharing their stories of impact. We are honored to be able to assist in their work.”

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 will receive an additional 10% contribution from Community Foundation for Western Iowa, and an Endow Iowa tax credit of 25% may also be available. In 2021, donors at the Community Foundation provided 269 grants totaling an astounding $1.9 million dollars to a variety of nonprofit organizations. For information on creating a fund, please call 712-256-7007 or visit www.givewesterniowa.org for more details. Community Foundation for Western Iowa is nationally accredited by the Council on Foundations (www.cfstandards.org).

2022 Community Grants Award Recipients

  • American Midwest Ballet | Season 13 Education & Community Engagement - $1,000

  • Carson Community Rodeo | Carson Rodeo Skybox Seating - $3,750

  • Carter Lake City Hall | Carter Lake Village Winter Festival - $750

  • Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus | Lakin Campus 15th Annual Back to School Extravaganza - $2,000

  • CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs | Basic Health Needs Assistance Program (BHNAP) - $1,500

  • City of Avoca Market & Longest Table | Entertainment, Education, and Customer Engagement on Avoca Main Street - $1,400

  • City of Avoca - Ho Ho Hoedown | Avoca's Holidays on Main - 2022 Santa's Ho Ho Hoedown - $1,000

  • City of Carson | Gateway to Carson Mural - $2,000

  • Council Bluffs Schools Foundation | Rotary 5th Grade Career Fair - $1,000

  • Council Buffs Soccer Club | CBSC “Soccer for All” Scholarship Program - $1,000

  • Dexter's Dream Foundation | Sensory Santa - $2,000

  • Family Crisis Centers | Outreach Supplies for Family Crisis Centers - $1,500

  • First Responders Foundation | Peer Support Training for First Responders and Veterans - $1,000

  • Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa | Pottawattamie County Girl Scouts - Space Science Exploration! - $1,325

  • Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa - Troop 40341 | American Girl Dolls at the Council Bluffs Public Library - $500

  • Heartland Family Service | Psychiatric Services - $1,500

  • Historic General Dodge House, Inc. | 2022 Independence Day - Free Community Celebration - $1,000

  • Historical Society of Pottawattamie County | Chicago and Northwestern Dining Car Painting - $1,000

  • Impact Hill | Family Entertainment - $2,000

  • Inter-Faith Response, Inc. | Program Fund for Rent and Utilities - $2,500

  • Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital Foundation | Medi-Van Patient Transport - $1,500

  • Justice For Our Neighbors | Pottawattamie County Immigration Legal Services - $1,000

  • League of Human Dignity | Equipment Loan and Rental Program - $1,500

  • Minden Community Club | Minden Community Club New Entry Doors - $3,000

  • Minden Little League | Minden Little League Improvements - $1,145

  • New Visions Homeless Services | Food Stability Program - $1,500

  • Omaha Bridges Out of Poverty, Inc. | Southwest Iowa Poverty Alleviation Initiative - $2,500

  • Omaha Symphony | 2022-23 Mission Imagination at Iowa Western - $3,000

  • Pottawattamie Arts Culture & Entertainment (PACE) | 2022 PACE Music in the Park Series - $2,000

  • Preserve Council Bluffs | “These Walls CAN Talk” Short Informational Videos - $1,500

  • Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue | Expansion of Logistics and Distribution Operations in Council Bluffs - $5,000

  • Share A Fare Inc | “On the Go” in Pottawattamie County - $1,000

  • Share My Smile | Program Growth and Development - $3,500

  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Inc. | Supplies and Materials for 13 Fully Furnished Twin Beds for Children in Need - $3,500

  • TeamMates of Lewis Central | Senior Scholarships and Event Funding - $1,000

  • The 712 Initiative | 100 Block Holiday Lights - $1,500

  • Nebraska Diaper Bank | formerly The Life House, Pottawattamie County Diaper Distribution - $1,000

  • Treynor Parks & Trail Board | Park Flag & Entry Signs - $1,500

  • Walnut Community Center Foundation | Walnut Community Center - Volleyball - $1,500

  • Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center | The Hope Program - $1,000