Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Approves Over $3 Million in Grants

Published: January 18, 2019 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

The Board of Directors of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation recently approved $3.3 million in grants to 116 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. These grants bring the Community Foundation’s 2018 grantmaking total to over $11 million.

Funds for the Community grants are made from permanently endowed funds entrusted to the Community Foundation. These include the Program Fund, which supports new and innovative programs and sustains current programs; the Organizational Development Fund, which supports nonprofits in strengthening their ability to carry out their mission; and the Linn County Fund, which supports programs that enhance the quality of life outside the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area.

Together, these grants help strengthen the nonprofits that are working to make the Cedar Rapids area a safer, more vibrant and equitable place to live and work. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has provided more than $125 million to local nonprofit organizations.

During this grant cycle, the Community Foundation received over $1.4 million in requests for competitive grants. The Community Foundation was able to grant $618,878, or 41% of the requested amount.

A complete list of the nonprofit organizations who received competitive grant awards from the Funds for the Community and Competitive Donor-Advised Funds is 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
Catherine McAuley Center Inc.
Cedar Rapids Electrical Apprenticeship Training & Educational Trust
Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation
Eastern Iowa Health Center
Foundation 2 Inc.
Friends of the Family
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Inc.
His Hands Free Clinic
Iowa Ceramics Center
Iowa College Access Network
Iowa Legal Aid
Iowa Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
Jane Boyd Community House
Kirkwood Community College Foundation
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Neighborhood Meal & Enrichment Program
Tanager Place
Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families

Linn County Fund
Area Substance Abuse Council
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa, Inc.
City of Central City
City of Walker
Friends of the Family
GCW Mutual Aid Society
Iowa College Access Network
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
Kids First Law Center
Old Creamery Theatre Company
Old Opera House Community Arts Council
Red Cedar Chamber Music
Tanager Place
Troy Mills Historical Society
YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metro Area

Organizational Development Fund
Abbe Center for Community Mental Health
Affordable Housing Network Inc.
African American Museum of Iowa
Alzheimer’s Association – Iowa Chapter
Four Oaks Family & Children’s Services
Genealogical Society of Linn County
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Trees Forever

The Competitive Donor-Advised Funds grant recipients include:

McGrath Automotive Group
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity
YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metro Area

World Class Industries
Area Substance Abuse Council
Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation
Fresh Start Ministries
Friends of the Family
Hiawatha Public Library
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
Olivet Neighborhood Mission
Safe Place Foundation
Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families
Willis Dady Emergency Shelter Inc.

The next grant deadline at the Community Foundation is on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. CST. For more details about funding opportunities, click here.

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