Focus Group Follow-up

Published: September 6, 2018 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

For those who attended our Focus Groups held at the end of June, thank you for offering valuable feedback! Your input is important and will guide our future decision making.

We listened and heard that the majority of you make long-term plans for your programs, but capacity decisions and subsequent needs may occur on a more frequent basis. In addition, we heard from you that it is helpful to have funding decisions secured in early December since December 31 is the end of the fiscal year for many nonprofits.

Given that feedback, we are considering two changes:

  1. Offering two Program Fund grant cycles (rather than three). One would be in February and another in the fall.
  2. Adjusting our fall deadline to late September (rather than mid-October) in order to offer earlier grantmaking decisions (hopefully in early-mid December).

As we determine our next steps and a potential implementation and communication plan, we welcome your questions or feedback. Please contact Jenny Becker, Director of Grant Programs at

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