Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Announces Fall Grant Cycle

Published: August 29, 2016 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

Organizations that are located in the evacuation zone may extend the grant deadline through Monday, October 24. If this applies to your organization, the program staff would appreciate an email letting us know your intention to apply. Organizations that provided flood-related core services may also use the extension, but must confirm eligibility first. In both cases, email

Grant Deadline: Friday, October 14, 2016

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces the fall grant cycle for local charitable nonprofits.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 14, 2016 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 Wednesday, September 14, 2016. 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.
  • Linn County Fund:  Supports efforts that enhance the quality of life and community development in Linn County (outside of the metro areas of Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha and Robins). Grant awards are generally up to $10,000.  Organizations based in the Cedar Rapids area may apply for projects benefiting non-metro Linn County.
  • 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 October 14, 2016:

CRST International
GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation
Lil’ Drug Store Products
McGrath Automotive Group
World Class Industries

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 or the Linn County Fund, please contact Rochelle Naylor at 319.774.2373 or

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