Iowa West Foundation unveils nearly $5 Million in grants

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT) -- The Board of the Iowa West Foundation has approved $4.7 million in grants and initiatives funding to 18 nonprofits in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska.

More than $500,000 went to the Council Bluffs Community School District for the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Program at the two middle schools: Kirn and Wilson. It will also provide for the expansion of BLink: the free, community Wi-FI in Council Bluffs.

The Lewis Central School District will be the primary beneficiary of a $160,000 Heartland Family Service grant to provide mental health services throughout the school year.

Pete Tulipana, President and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation, said, “While each grant funds a unique program or service, they all provide students with the tools they to succeed in school and in life.”

In addition, three area YMCAs will receive funding for capital, operating, and programmatic support. One of those was the Nishna Valley Family YMCA in Atlantic, which received $32,500 for an expansion.

“These funds will help our organization convert unused space into vital square footage that will allow us to carry out our mission of developing young children and improving wellness opportunities for our citizens,” said Dan Haynes, Executive Director.

The Iowa West Sports Plex has been awarded another $1,500,000. Construction is currently underway with completion set for spring of 2020.

Here's the complete list for the 2019 Cycle 3 Grants and Initiatives

Avoca Volunteer Fire Department
Bunker gear replacement

Blair Family YMCA
Virtual fitness program

Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
Improving secondary/middle school math proficiency in MOEC schools

City of Coon Rapids
Quality assurance lab renovation

City of Council Bluffs
All-America City signage

River's Edge parking garage

Convention and Tourism Bureau tourism activation

Council Bluffs Community School District
International Baccalaureate

BLink VI

Council Bluffs Goodfellows
Matching funds for 2019 Goodfellows campaign

Crescent Volunteer Fire Department
LUCAS device acquisition

Heartland Family Service
HEAT 2020 (Housing and Emergency Assistance Taskforce)

Lewis Central Children's Mental Health Program 2019 - 2020

Historic General Dodge House, Inc.
2020 operations

Iowa West Foundation Initiative
Downtown Arts/Culture Trail

Iowa West Foundation Initiative
Iowa West Sports Plex

Iowa West Foundation Initiative
Riverfront Revitalization

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa, Inc.
Wish granting in Pottawattamie County

NeighborWorks Home Solutions
Financial & accounting capacity building

New Visions Homeless Services
Services for the homeless in Council Bluffs

Nishna Valley Family YMCA
Childcare and healthy lifestyle renovation

Omaha Conservatory of Music
Council Bluffs String Sprouts

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
Afterschool STEM enrichment

The 712 Initiative
Downtown Revitalization Fund

YMCA of Greater Omaha
YMCA Health Living Center program support in Council Bluffs