Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Approves Over $4 Million in Grants

Published: May 12, 2015 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

The Board of Directors of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation recently approved $4.04 million in grants to 268 nonprofit organizations.  The awards include competitive grants from the Community Foundation’s Funds for the Community, as well as distributions from donor-advised, designated, agency and scholarship funds.


The Community Foundation brings together private philanthropy with impactful nonprofits to support a healthy and vibrant Linn County.


The Community Foundation’s Funds for the Community include gifts from donors who have entrusted the Community Foundation to make grants that address the ever-changing community needs and opportunities.  The funds support efforts related to innovation, maintaining success and building capacity through a competitive grantmaking process.


During this grant cycle, the Community Foundation received $971,000 in requests for competitive grants from the Funds for the Community.  The Community Foundation, coupled with co-funding from a donor, funded $465,000 (or 48%) of the requests.


A complete list of the nonprofit organizations who received competitive grant awards from the Funds for the Community and the Competitive Donor-Advised Funds are included below.  More information about these awards, including the project, purpose and amount of funding, can be found at


The Funds for the Community grant recipients include:


Program Fund

Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Municipal Band

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Diversity Focus

Collaboration of Diversity Focus, City of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood, City of Iowa City, Iowa City Area Development Group

First Lutheran Church

The Ceramics Center

Iowa JAG Inc.

Iowa Startup Accelerator

Marion Cares, Inc.

Collaboration of NewBo City Market, Main Street and Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Inc.

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center

Systems Unlimited

Theatre Cedar Rapids

Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association


Organizational Development Fund:

Abbe, Inc.

Area Substance Abuse Council

Gems of Hope

His Hands Free Medical Clinic

IWLC – Iowa Women Lead Change

Young Parents Network


President’s Fund:

Carl & Mary Koehler History Center

Safe Place Foundation

Senior Guardian Project


The Competitive Donor-Advised Funds grant recipients include:


Gazette Foundation Donor-Advised Fund:

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family

Community Health Free Clinic

Iowa College Foundation

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

LBA Foundation

Matthew 25


GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation Donor-Advised Fund:

Alzheimer’s Association – East Central Iowa Chapter

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa, Inc.

Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity

Community Health Free Clinic

Foundation 2 Inc.

Four Oaks Family & Children’s Services

Horizons – A Family Service Alliance

Indian Creek Nature Center

Iowa College Foundation

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa

Kirkwood Community College Foundation


The next grant deadline at the Community Foundation is on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.  For more details about funding opportunities, visit

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