Focus Area: Healthy Families

Safe. Secure. Strong.

Mental Health. Homelessness. Food Insecurity. Substance Abuse. These are the issues that we address in our healthy families grants portfolio. Unless individuals can overcome these hurdles, they aren't able to focus in school or retain a job. By supporting organizations who support those who are struggling, the hope is to stop the cycle of poverty and help our families are best they can be.

Family, INC. Food Bank for the Heartland Heartland Family Service Radio Talking Book Service Fire Departments
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The state of rural fire departments in Iowa is at a critical stage. In many cases, volunteer departments are making pancakes to pay for fuel for their equipment and other basic necessities. In Pottawattamie County, we have avoided these issues by use of the fire grants to purchase basic equipment and safety equipment for our department. The Iowa West grant program has allowed us to be better first responders for our fire district and the county in general.

Jeff Theulen
Training Lieutenant, Treynor Fire Department


One in three Pottawattamie County fourth graders can’t read proficiently. FAMILY Inc. empowers parents to become their child's first teacher. In 2018, the Iowa West Foundation awarded $255,000 to fund programming that supports early childhood education and literacy.

Food Bank of the Heartland

One in five children in our metro is at risk for hunger. Food Bank for the Heartland partners with organizations like the Iowa West Foundation to help kids stay fed, healthy and happy. In 2018, the Foundation granted $18,600 for school-based mobile pantries.

Heartland Family Service

Mental health is the single biggest crisis facing our school districts. Since 2015, the Iowa West Foundation has partnered with Heartland Family Service and Lewis Central District to bring services into schools. In 2018, the Foundation awarded a $160,000 grant to continue its support this vital program.

Radio Talking Book Service

Hearing the latest news and entertainment keeps people connected to the community. Radio Talking Book Service translates the written word into audio for individuals with low or no vision. In 2018, a $3,200 grant from the Iowa West Foundation helped RTBS reach more than 900 people in Pottawattamie County.

VIDEO: Grant in Action

Rural Fire Departments

Our commitment to rural fire departments dates back to our inception. In 2018, the Iowa West Foundation funded $49,986 (approximately $10,000 each) in essential equipment and safety gear to the communities of Avoca, Carson, Crescent, Treynor and Walnut.