Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Approves Over $5.3 Million in Grants

Published: May 11, 2021 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

The Board of Directors of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation recently approved $5.3 million in grants to 198 nonprofit organizations. The awards include competitive Organizational Support Grants and Program Support Grants; grants from the Disaster Recovery Fund and the COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund; as well as 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 2020, the Community Foundation distributed over $13.9 million in grants.

The Community Foundation’s competitive grant programs are supported by gifts from donors who have entrusted the Community Foundation to make grants that address 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 $1.2 million in requests for competitive grants and was able to fund $683,339 (or 46% of the requested amount).

A complete list of the nonprofit organizations who received grant awards is included below. More information about these awards, including the project, purpose and amount of funding, can be found here.


Program Support Grants

African American Museum of Iowa

Area Substance Abuse Council

Catherine McAuley Center Inc.

Eastern Iowa Health Center

Feed Iowa First

His Hands Free Clinic

Horizons – A Family Service Alliance

Jane Boyd Community House

Linn-Mar School Foundation

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center



Organizational Support Grants

Academy for Scholastic & Personal Success

Affordable Housing Network, Inc.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa

Catherine McAuley Center

Central Furniture Rescue

Clothe-A-Child Inc.

Feed Iowa First

Harmony School of Music

Indian Creek Nature Center

Tanager Place

The History Center

Theatre Cedar Rapids


Disaster Recovery Fund

Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families

The Freedom Foundation

Olivet Neighborhood Mission

Housing Fund for Linn County

Matthew 25


COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund

Olivet Neighborhood Mission

Fresh Start Ministries

Friends of Iowa Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Iowa Citizen Foster Care Review Boards (ICFCRB)

The next grant deadline at the Community Foundation is on Thursday, July 1, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. CST.  For more details about funding opportunities, visit

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