Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity for Violence Reduction

Published: October 5, 2022 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces a grant opportunity for nonprofit organizations working toward creating a safe, equitable and thriving Linn County. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. CST.

For this grant opportunity, the Community Foundation will accept applications from nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status. Applications should be submitted via email to

The Creating Safe, Equitable & Thriving Communities (SET) Fund was established in 2018 as a partnership with the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, and the Cedar Rapids Community School District to address inter-relational factors that lead to youth violence in Cedar Rapids. The goal of the fund is to improve community safety by strengthening economic, social, and academic conditions for youth and neighborhoods. In recent years, a collaborative effort among community partners has focused on implementing the Group Violence Intervention (GVI) strategy developed by the National Network for Safe Communities to focus on reducing gun violence specifically.

This fall, $15,000 from the SET Fund will be available for proposals that build community engagement and partnership in ongoing violence intervention efforts; and/or provide support to youth and young adults who are at high risk of violent victimization or offending.

Grant requests should not exceed $5,000, and any awarded funding can be used at any time throughout 2023.

On October 20, Program Officer Casey Baustian will hold a Q & A session via Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. Prospective applicants are encouraged to join to learn more about the SET Fund and this grant opportunity. To join the session, click here.

To view and download the application, find the Zoom link, or learn more about the SET Fund, click here or contact Casey Baustian at 319.774.2378 or

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