2017-19 Highlights



Scott Advocacy founder Steve Scott has written grant proposals to corporations and foundations on behalf of two Central Iowa nonprofits that promote awareness of and support for immigrant and refugee communities. His efforts secured over $125,000 in funding for the 2018 and 2019 Latino Heritage Festival and over $50,000 in 2019 program and staffing support for Genesis Youth Foundation.


In 2019, Steve provided editing services to assist Promise Community Health Services in its successful 60-page application to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for $300,000 in funding for dental health infrastructure. The grant will enable Promise to expand its provision of dental services to low-income residents in the Sioux County area.


Steve edited Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc.’s successful 200-page grant application to the Iowa DHS for funding to provide regional and statewide Child Care Resource and Referral Services.  Mid-Sioux will receive over $6 million for up to six years to provide Regional CCR&R services and undertake statewide communication and training.


Healthy Homes Des Moines logoSteve prepared a successful Letter of Intent and full proposal for a $250,000 national grant to support the work of Healthy Homes Des Moines to address environmental hazards affecting childhood asthma. This grant will support two years of support for children and policy advocacy for funding and laws to reduce asthma triggers in their living environments.



Policy Analysis

Steve has developed reports and presentations on child and family policy issues.


For Central Iowa ACEs 360, Steve researched and wrote two policy papers pertaining to strategies to reduce adverse childhood experiences: Reducing ACEs Through Prenatal Strategies and Survey of Home Visiting in Iowa: Programs and Funding Sources.



Iowa Child Abuse Figures Surge in 2017In May 2018, Steve issued a report, 2017 Sees Surge in Iowa Child Abuse Cases, providing state and local data showing an unprecedented single-year increase in reports and abused children from 2016-17. The Des Moines Register highlighted this research in a featured article, “Confirmed child abuse in Iowa is skyrocketing. Here’s why.”  Scott Advocacy also released a related PowerPoint PDF, Iowa Child Abuse Figures Surge in 2017, with charts, graphs, and background notes.



Organizational Support

In 2019, Steve provided technical writing services to Early Childhood Iowa to help in the completion of its 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. Steve has also assisted ECI in its submission of a proposal for federal funding to support implementation of the Strategic Plan.



Legislative AdvocacyThe Iowa House of Representatives convenes for the 86th General Assembly. 1/12/2015 Photo by John Pemble

During the 2017 and 2018 Iowa legislative sessions, Steve lobbied on behalf of the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, whose mission is to “support the optimal health of children by addressing the needs of children, their families, their communities, and their health care providers.” Steve advocated on a wide range of child health and safety issues, including childhood obesity prevention, family support, access to care, gun safety, immunizations, school concussions, EPSDT, childhood, public health, and drug-affected children.