- Associated Press - Sunday, April 13, 2014

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Twenty-two nonprofit groups in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska are benefiting from $4.2 million in grants.

The Iowa West Foundation says it made those grants in the first three months of 2014.

The biggest grants included a $1.1 million award to support preschool programs at Pottawattamie County schools and a $1 million grant to support improvements at the Joslyn Arm Museum in Omaha, Neb.

Foundation President Pete Tulipana says early childhood education plays an important role in children’s success in school.

One of the other major grants of $850,000 will help Council Bluffs improve the area near the eastern end of the Bob Kerrey pedestrian bridge that connects with Omaha.

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