southwest iowa covid-19 response

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Applications for funding can be emailed to: swicovidresponse@gmail.com.

In partnership with the Iowa West Foundation, the Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response unmet needs fund will support the many and varied ongoing local efforts of our nonprofit partners to address challenges brought forth by COVID-19, as well as focus philanthropic efforts to ensure resources are available to the nonprofit organizations serving our community.

As the local impact of the pandemic unfolds, our community's desire to help has been inspiring. Contributing to the Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response unmet needs fund is one of many ways in which everyone can make a difference.

Individual donations may be made online or by check made payable to PCCF. Staff members are available to answer questions by phone at 712.256.7007.

Read more about the partnership with Iowa West Foundation and Council Bluffs Schools Foundation.

PCCF will continue to update this link with valuable resources for our nonprofit partners who are seeking relief due to COVID-19. Current information available:

  • Virtual Grants Workshop: Applying to the SWIA COVID-19 Response Fund

** Recording Available Soon!
  • Best Practices and Considerations for Nonprofit Re-engagement

  • Paycheck Protection Program and Cares Act

  • FEMA Information: Eligibility and Application

In partnership with Council Bluffs Schools Foundation, the Emergency Childcare Collaborative Fund provides free childcare for emergency responders and healthcare workers.

School-aged children, ages 4 to 12 will be served by Kids & Company at Longfellow Elementary School, located at 2011 S. 10th Street, from 6:15 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday throughout the school closure.

Other Collaborative childcare providers will serve infants and toddlers at their sites. These include Shea’s Learning Days, Children’s Square, and Jumping Monkeys. Lewis Central Lucky Children school-age program staff will work where needed. Locations, hours, and providers participating in the collaborative may be expanded as the need for emergency childcare grows.

Read the full release here.

Photograph courtesy of Dan Stinman, Council Bluffs Schools

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Phases 6 and 7 of BLink will be completed four years ahead of schedule.

Thanks to grant funding from the Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund – an initiative of Pottawattamie County Community Foundation and the Iowa West Foundation – along with contributions from the Peter Kiewit Foundation and the City of Council Bluffs totaling $400,000, the school district is able to leverage CARES Act funding to accelerate completion of the network in the Rue and Longfellow Elementary School neighborhoods.

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