Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Adjusts Summer Grant Deadline and COVID-19 Fund Application Process

Published: May 20, 2020 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation continues to adapt its funding to meet the needs of the nonprofit sector as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Today, it announced its summer grant cycle deadline will be extended to Wednesday, July 8 at 4:30 p.m. CST from its original June 12 deadline, and its COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund will now accept applications from nonprofit organizations.

The summer grant cycle includes competitive funding opportunities from the Community Foundation’s unrestricted Funds for the Community, which will award grants to help support actions that allow nonprofit organizations in Linn County to survive and maintain essential functions. This can include altering programs and program delivery models, constituency retention strategies, and planning for extended closures and/or phased reopening. In addition, the summer grant cycle includes the following Competitive Donor-Advised Funds: Altorfer Inc., Bloomhall Family, Diamond V, Lil’ Drug Store Products and World Class Industries.

The Community Foundation accepts applications from nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status. Non-501(c)(3) organizations that have completed arrangements to obtain a fiscal sponsor may apply for funding from the Competitive Donor-Advised Funds. Grant applications should be submitted online at starting Monday, June 8, 2020.

In addition, the Community Foundation is adjusting the grant process for its COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund. Previously, the funding was distributed as a rapid response effort to help partners working to minimize the immediate impact of COVID-19 and to help human service organizations meeting the needs of vulnerable populations. Now applications will be accepted and can be submitted by nonprofit organizations as needs arise.

“We know this will be a long and slow recovery process,” says Les Garner, President & CEO at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. “We are continuing to adjust to support nonprofits in responding to community needs while promoting opportunities for philanthropy.”

The COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund, established in mid-March in partnership with United Way of East Central Iowa and The Hall Perrine Foundation, has reached $406,000 from 118 donors – including businesses, organizations and individuals. Grants made from the Fund will continue to address the health and human service needs of vulnerable populations that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic crisis.

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To view a list of lead supporters to the COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund, click here.

To view a list of grant recipients in 2020, click here.

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