Iowa Grant Challenge


Iowa has a prevalence of children with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). According to a recent study, Iowa has one of the highest rates of foster kids on mental health medication in the U.S. Children with special needs – mental, developmental, emotional, learning and/or physical – have an even more challenging time accessing services that can support their long-term needs. These issues affect the children in the system, families, social workers, attorneys, judges, administrators, health care workers and caretakers.

The CareSource Foundation, through the CareSource Foundation Grant Challenge, recognized 10 community-based organizations and nonprofits working to improve health conditions. These organizations increase access to specialized services for children with disabilities, as well as support Iowa families. They work to improve the overall health and well-being of children and families across the state.

Congratulations to the winners!

Nearly 7,000 votes were cast in the CareSource Foundation Iowa Grant Challenge. Click here to read the announcement of the Grant Challenge winners.

First-place Winner – $50,000 

Easterseals Iowa, Des Moines

Second-place Winner – $25,000 

Iowa AEYC (Association for the Education of Young Children), Des Moines

Second-place Winner – $25,000 

Project IOWA, Des Moines, IA

Third-place Winner – $20,000 

Friends of the Family, Waterloo

Third-place Winner – $20,000 

United Way of East Central Iowa – Women United, Cedar Rapids

Semi-finalist Organizations – $5,000 

Iowa ACEs 360, Des Moines

PreservingUS, Marshalltown

ArtForce Iowa, Des Moines

CHADD of Iowa, Multiple Locations

International Council for Refugees and Immigrants, Des Moines