Over $4.4 Million in Grants Awarded

Published: January 22, 2024 | By: Corinne Ramler | Category:

The Board of Directors of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation recently approved over $4.46 million in grants to 339 nonprofit organizations. The awards include competitive Organization Support Grants, Program Support Grants, Linn County Grants, and Endowment Challenge Grants from the grant cycle in the fall of 2023; as well as distributions from donor-advised, designated, scholarship and nonprofit funds.

The Community Foundation brings together private philanthropy with impactful nonprofits to support a healthy and vibrant Linn County. In 2023, the Community Foundation distributed over $10.9 million in grants.

The Community Foundation’scompetitive grant programs are supported by the Greater Good Fund. Donors who make gifts to the Greater Good Fund have entrusted the Community Foundation to make grants that address ever-changing community needs and opportunities. These grant programs support efforts related to innovation, maintaining success, and building capacity through a competitive grantmaking process. During this grant cycle, the Community Foundation received over $1.6 million in requests for competitive grants and was able to fund $1,123,415 (or 68% 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.

Endowment Challenge Grants

Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival

Indian Creek Nature Center

Orchestra Iowa

Linn County Grants

Alburnett Community School District

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity

Center Point-Urbana Community School District Foundation

City of Central City

Families Helping Families of Iowa

Friends of the Lisbon Public Library

Horizons – A Family Service Alliance

Iowa College Access Network

Iowa Legal Aid

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa

Kids First Law Center

Linn County Trails Association

Mount Vernon Community School District Foundation

NewBo City Market

Red Cedar Chamber Music

Southeast Linn Community Center Corporation

Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families

Organization Support Grants

Advocates for Social Justice

African American Museum of Iowa

Area Substance Abuse Council

Brucemore Inc.

Catherine McAuley Center

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity

Theatre Cedar Rapids

Discovery Living

Eastern Iowa Arts Academy

Feed Iowa First

Iowa Legal Aid

Kids First Law Center

NewBo City Market

Red Cedar Chamber Music

Southeast Linn Community Center Corporation

Tanager

Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families

Wheelchair Ramp Accessibility Program Coalition

Willis Dady Homeless Services

YPN

Program Support Grants

African American Museum of Iowa

American Youth Soccer Organization

Area Substance Abuse Council

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa

Central Furniture Rescue

CR Independent Film Festival

Eastern Iowa Arts Academy

Families Helping Families of Iowa

Feed Iowa First

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Inc.

Harmony School of Music

Hawkeye Area Community Action Program

Heritage Area Agency on Aging

Horizons – A Family Service Alliance

Iowa College Access Network

Iowa JAG Inc.

Lavender Legal Center

Our Future Iowa

Fresh Start Ministries

Matthew 25

Riverview Center Inc.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

SPT Theatre Company

NewBoCo

Rapid Response Grants

Friends of the Family

Eastern Iowa Health Center

Other grant recipients include:

Girls with Goals Fund

Eastern Iowa Arts Academy

Families Helping Families of Iowa

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

NewBoCo

North Iowa Area Community College Foundation

Lil’ Drug Store Products

Catherine McAuley Center

Cedar Rapids Community School District Foundation

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity

Central Furniture Rescue

Children’s Cancer Connection

Community Health Free Clinic

Deafinitely Dogs Inc.

Feed Iowa First

Foundation 2 Crisis Services

Friends of the Family

His Hands Free Clinic

Horizons – A Family Service Alliance

Iowa College Foundation

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa

Kids First Law Center

Linn County Trails Association

Matthew 25

Mercy Medical Center

National Council on Youth Leadership

Orchestra Iowa

The Freedom Foundation

Willis Dady Homeless Services

YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metro Area

McGrath Automotive Group Donor-Advised Fund

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa

Catherine McAuley Center

Community Health Free Clinic

Eastern Iowa Arts Academy

Feed Iowa First

Foundation 2 Crisis Services

Eastern Iowa Chapter JDRF

Kids First Law Center

Matthew 25

Miracles in Motion Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Patrons of the Performing Arts at Washington High School

The Freedom Foundation

NewBoCo

Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families

The first grant deadline at the Community Foundation in 2024 is on Friday, March 1 at 4:30 p.m. CST.  For more details about funding opportunities, click here.

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