The Iowa West Foundation, which is headquartered in Council Bluffs, has announced $4 million in grants for the fourth quarter of 2011.  The grants will be used to assist 44 non-profit organizations and government entities with funding for area projects.

This round of foundation grants includes $1.25 million to support the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) to promote local philanthropy and help meet emerging needs in communities.  It is the fourth installment of Iowa West’s six-year pledge.  Other sizable grants included: A $487,500 grant to the Nature Conservancy of Iowa for the preservation of a scenic and native Loess Hills area in Mills County (IA); A $400,000 grant for the implementation of an economic development related strategic plan in rural Pottawattamie County and a $350,000 grant to the United Way of the Midlands, headquartered in Omaha, to complete its 2011 campaign in meeting the needs of southwest Iowans and eastern Nebraskans.

For more information about The Iowa West Foundation, please contact Deb Debbaut at (712) 309-3003 or visit them online at