Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Announces Fall Grant Cycle

Published: August 28, 2017 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces its third grant cycle for 2017 for local charitable nonprofits. Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 13, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. CST. Grants will be awarded to organizations that enhance the quality of life in Linn County.

The Community Foundation accepts applications from nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status, governmental organizations, and non-501(c)(3) organizations that have completed arrangements to obtain a fiscal sponsor. Grant applications are submitted online at The online grant portal will open on Wednesday, September 13, 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 building their capacity 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 nonprofits that align with the funding priorities of the donor-advisors. The Community Foundation accepts grant applications for a number of local corporations and family foundations. The programs, grant award sizes, and activities to be funded are determined by each donor-advisor and may include programmatic or operating support, capital campaigns, event sponsorships and religious activities. The following Competitive Donor-Advised Funds will accept applications during this cycle:
  • CRST
  • Lil’ Drug Store Products
  • McGrath Automotive Group
  • World Class Industries

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

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

Visit the Nonprofit Giving Center and the Nonprofit Calendar to search for a nonprofit fund, organization, cause, or event to support.