Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Announces Winter Grant Cycle

Published: December 21, 2016 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

Grant Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces its first grant cycle for 2017 for local charitable nonprofits. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, February 15, 2017 and grants will be awarded to organizations that enhance the quality of life in Linn County.

The Community Foundation accepts grant applications online at  The online grant portal will open on Friday, January 20, 2017. On the website, applicants can find more information about funding opportunities as well as a video tutorial to learn how to use the online application portal.

For this grant cycle, applications will be accepted for the following funds:

  • Program Fund: Supports new, innovative programs and sustains current and/or ongoing programs.  Grant awards are a maximum of $60,000 (maximum of $30,000 in any given year).  Grants can be multi-year grants up to three years for organizations with strong track records.  The award limits are based on organizational age and size.
  • Organizational Development Fund: Supports nonprofits in strengthening their ability to carry out their mission.  Grant awards are from $2,000 to $15,000. Organizations that have been fully operational for two years or longer are eligible.
  • Competitive Donor-Advised Funds:  Supports programs that align with the funding priorities of the donor-advisors.  The Community Foundation administers competitive grant programs for a number of local corporations and families. Funding priorities and grant award sizes vary by fund. The following Competitive Donor-Advised Funds will accept applications through February 15, 2017:
  • GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation
  • Lil’ Drug Store Products

Two pre-application grant briefings will also be offered to grant writers that will highlight grant opportunities for the year and provide an overview of the application process.  The optional briefings will be held on Thursday, January 26 at 6 p.m. and Friday, January 27 at Noon.  The briefings will be held at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation at 324 3rd St. SE, downtown Cedar Rapids.  Please RSVP to

For more information on the Program Grant Fund or Competitive Donor-Advised Funds, please contact Elizabeth Cwik at 319.774.2372 or

For more information on the Organizational Development Fund, please contact Rochelle Naylor at 319.774.2373 or

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