The University of Iowa


Iowa Women's Foundation

The Iowa Women's Foundation is committed to improving the lives of Iowa's women and girls. We use research to uncover the biggest barriers to women's success as well as their greatest needs, and we invest our passion and resources accordingly.

Application Deadline 

Six areas (child care, education/training, employment, housing, mentors, transportation) have been identified as the most critical barriers for Iowa women and girls. Grant applications must address one primary barrier. Applications may be submitted beginning February 1 and are due the last working day of April.

See the Core Grants page for details.

Emergency Grants are also available. These are small, one-time-only cash awards given to nonprofits and other community organizations, including organizations that may not be eligible for traditional grant funding, for immediate emergency needs for servicing clients. Emergency Grants will be awarded at a minimum of $300 and a maximum of $1,000. Applications may be submitted at any time during the calendar year, and applicants may submit multiple applications, however, organizations may not receive more than one Emergency Grant per calendar year. Awards must be used within 30 days and a project completion form submitted within 45 days. Once allotted funds have been awarded, applications will be closed for the calendar year. See the Emergency Grants page for further details, guidelines and an application form.

Iowa Academy of Science

The goal of the Iowa Academy of Science is to further scientific research, science education, public understanding of science and recognition of excellence in these endeavors.

IJAS- Iowa Junior Academy of Science promotes the study of and participation in science by elementary and...

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The Iowa Science Foundation (ISF) is a state-supported grant program administered by the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS). IAS accepts ISF grant proposals for projects which further science in Iowa. ISF proposals are accepted in three areas:

  • improving public understanding of science
  • improving science teaching
  • direct support for scientific research

For more information download a copy of the ISF Brochure and the ISF Guidelines on the IAS website. The ISF currently distributes $40,000 per year with up to $5,000 allowed per grant. Typically about 12 grants are awarded annually. Grants are awarded for the period of July 1 to June 30th annually. Grantees must prepare a mid-term report and a final report. Funds are awarded as reimbursements. Successful proposals must be submitted to the Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science or presented at the IAS Annual Meeting.

Proposals are reviewed by the Iowa Science Foundation Committee of the Academy with the help of additional reviewers. A minimum of three reviews is required for each proposal. Grant proposals are accepted continuously. The deadline is January 31 for one-year projects beginning on July 1st. You will be notified of the committee decision in March. Please direct questions about the process to the Executive Director of the Iowa Academy of Science. 

Rails to Trails Conservancy

To create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

Application Deadline 

National Headquarters

2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th floor

Washington, DC 20037

Phone: 202-331-9696

Otto Schoitz Foundation

To improve the health and wellbeing of the community and its individual members in the greater Cedar Valley Region, which is defined as the geographical area within 30 miles from the center of waterloo, Iowa, by funding grants.

Application Deadline 

Submission deadline: February 21, 2020

Iowa Grocery Industry Association

The Association works to promote the general welfare and prosperity of its members by providing educational opportunities, legislative support, networking opportunities, and philanthropic programs.

Application Deadline 

Three scholarship programs are available with the focus of supporting children of full-time employees and investing in the education of young people interested in pursing a career in the industry. See for details.

The Build with Bags program is a grant program to aid parks and schools in purchasing products made of recycled plastic bags. The products consist of park benches, picnic tables, and other outdoor items. The program's goal is to reduce the use of plastic bags, encourage use of reusable bags, and increase the recycling of plastic bags. Awards range from $800 to $2000. See for more information.

See the website for details on these opportunities.

Application address: Iowa Grocery Industry Association, 2540 106th Street, Suite 102, Urbandale, IA 50322

Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools

The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (formerly the Dubuque Community School District Foundation) supports student achievement by promoting investment in the Dubuque Public Schools. FDPS is a nonprofit organization committed to providing resources for all students of the Dubuque Community...

Application Deadline 

Guidelines for Foundation grants available on the website.

The Foundation also oversees Judi Chandlee Tribute to Teachers Classroom Grants. Awards annual classroom grants of $100 - 500 to teachers across the district.

Applications due March 15; awards announced by May 7.

To apply, create an account.

If questions, contact Katie Decker at or 563-588-2700.

Prehn (Lester) Trust

Scholarship awards to graduates from the Martensdale-St. Marys Community School District, Iowa.

Application Deadline 

Applications should be sent to:

City State Bank
801 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50211-0159
Telephone: 515-981-4234

No application deadline. For information regarding the format in which applications should be submitted, contact Martensdale-St. Marys High School.

Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts, The

The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit that memorializes Denison native Donna Reed's accomplishments and perpetuates her deep commitment to youth, education, and the performing arts. The foundation recognizes, encourages, and supports talented individuals who want to...

Application Deadline 

Since 1987, The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts has recognized merit and the pursuit of excellence with awards in honor of Iowa actress, Donna Reed. Backed by the generosity of her home community, membership, and past awardees nationwide, award recipients have followed Donna's footsteps in demonstrating their own talent, perseverance, and passion for the performing arts.

For information on the Iowa Merit Awards for Dramatic Performance and how to apply, see