Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Approves Over $5 Million in Grants

Published: May 2, 2017 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

The Board of Directors of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation recently approved $5,099,730 in grants to 368 nonprofit organizations.  The awards include competitive grants from the Community Foundation’s Funds for the Community; as well as distributions from donor-advised, designated, scholarship and agency funds.

The Community Foundation brings together private philanthropy with impactful nonprofits to support a healthy and vibrant Linn County. In 2016, the Community Foundation distributed over $10 million in grants.

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 $944,000 in requests for competitive grants from the Funds for the Community.  The Community Foundation funded $361,780 (or 38%) of the requested amount.

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 here.

The Funds for the Community grant recipients include:

Program Fund

African American Museum of Iowa

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

Catherine McAuley Center Inc.

First Lutheran Church

Hawkeye Area Community Action Program

Iowa Legal Aid

Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development

LBA Foundation

Linn County Public Health Department


Northwest Neighbors Neighborhood Association

Young Parents Network

Zach Johnson Foundation


Organizational Development Fund:

Area Substance Abuse Council

Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation

Legion Arts Inc.

Tanager Place


President’s Fund:

5 Seasons Development

American National Red Cross – Serving Greater Iowa

Community Hands dba Intercultural Center of Iowa

Harmony School of Music, Inc.

National Resilience Institute


The Competitive Donor-Advised Funds grant recipients include:


CRST International Donor-Advised Fund:

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Community Health Free Clinic

Cornell College

Indian Creek Nature Center

Iowa College Foundation

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa

Mercy Medical Center

Metro United Way (Louisville, KY)

Mount Mercy University

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Northern Sky Theater Inc.

Orchestra Iowa

Red Cedar Chamber Music

Theatre Cedar Rapids

Trees Forever for Eye 380

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa

United Way of East Central Iowa

United Way of Birmingham, AL

United Way of Allen County (Fort Wayne, IN)

United Way of Greater Cincinnati

United Way of the Quad Cities


GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation Donor-Advised Fund:

African American Museum of Iowa

Alzheimer’s Association – East Central Iowa Chapter

American Heart Association

Area Substance Abuse Council

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

Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids


Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity

Coe College

Cornell College

Gems of Hope

Henry Davison Youth Center Inc.

Indian Creek Nature Center

International Academy for Russian Music, Arts & Culture

Iowa College Foundation

Jane Boyd Community House

JDRF International dba Eastern Iowa Chapter JDRF

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa

Mercy Medical Center Foundation

Monarch Research Project

Mount Mercy University

The Arc of East Central Iowa

Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families


Lil’ Drug Store Products Donor-Advised Fund:

Eastern Iowa Arts Academy

Kirkwood Community College Foundation

Mercy Medical Center

National Council on Youth Leadership

NewBo City Market

Willis Dady Emergency Shelter Inc.

United Way of East Central Iowa


The next grant deadline at the Community Foundation is on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. CST.  For more details about funding opportunities, click here.

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