Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Approves Over $1.7 Million in Grants

Published: January 16, 2018 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

The Board of Directors of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation recently approved $1.7 million in grants to 172 nonprofit organizations. The awards include competitive grants from the Community Foundation’s Funds for the Community; 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 2017, the Community Foundation distributed over $9 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 over $1.1 million in requests for competitive grants from the Funds for the Community. The Community Foundation funded $680,119 (or 60%) of the requested amount.

A complete list of the nonprofit organizations who received competitive grant awards from the Funds for the Community, Competitive Donor-Advised Funds and the Community Endowment Fund are included below.  More information about these awards, including the project, purpose and amount of funding, can be found at: https://www.gcrcf.org/grants/recent-grant-awards/2017-grant-awards/.

The Funds for the Community grant recipients include:

Program Fund
Best Buddies International Inc. – Best Buddies Iowa
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Dubuque – Cedar Rapids office
College Community School District
Deaf Iowans Against Abuse Inc.
Deafinitely Dogs Inc.
Four Oaks Family & Children’s Services
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Inc.
Heart Connection aka Children’s Cancer Connection
Hillcrest Family Services
His Hands Free Medical Clinic
Intercultural Center of Iowa
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
Kirkwood Community College Foundation
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Neighborhood Meal & Enrichment Program
NewBoCo
SPT Theatre Company
Tanager Place
Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families
Willis Dady Emergency Shelter Inc.
Zach Johnson Foundation

Organizational Development Fund:
Area Substance Abuse Council
Brucemore Inc.
Cedar Rapids Community School District Foundation
Foundation 2 Inc.
Four Oaks Family & Children’s Services

President’s Fund
ConnectCR

Linn County Fund:
Aging Services, Inc.
Area Substance Abuse Council
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa, Inc.
Cedar Amateur Astronomers Inc.
Friends of the Family
City of Central City
City of Walker
Coggon Area Betterment Association
Eastern Iowa Health Center
Indian Creek Nature Center
Iowa College Access Network
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
Kids First Law Center
Old Creamery Theatre Company
Red Cedar Chamber Music
Southeast Linn Community Center Corporation

Community Investment Fund:
Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation
City of Cedar Rapids

 

The Competitive Donor-Advised Funds grant recipients include:

Lil’ Drug Store Products Donor-Advised Fund:
Iowa JAG Inc.

McGrath Automotive Group Corporate Donor-Advised Fund:
Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity
Deafinitely Dogs Inc.
Friends of Czech Village Corp
Gems of Hope
Iowa JAG Inc.
Kids First Law Center
Linn Area Education Associations Community Foundation dba The Teacher Store
SPT Theatre Company
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Trees Forever for Eye 380

World Class Industries Donor-Advised Fund:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa, Inc.
City of Cedar Rapids
Iowa College Foundation
Safe Place Foundation
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa – Eastern Iowa
Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families
Young Parents Network dba YPN

The next grant deadline at the Community Foundation is on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. CST.  For more details about funding opportunities, visit www.gcrcf.org.

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