Creating Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities

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After gun violence claimed the life of a Cedar Rapids teen in 2015, community members came together to form the Creating Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities (SET) Task Force. For two years, the task force engaged community partners, including the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Cedar Rapids Community School District, local nonprofit organizations and neighborhood groups. The goal of the task force was to address systemic causes of youth violence in Linn County to move toward safer, more equitable and thriving communities.

In a February 2017 report, the task force made recommendations that target improved economic opportunity, educational success, safe and affordable housing, supportive law enforcement practices and improved access to youth programming and other health and human services. In 2018 the task force asked the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation to help facilitate a competitive grantmaking process focused on working toward those recommendations.

Contributions from the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County and the Cedar Rapids Community School District were used to establish the Creating Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities Fund. This fund is open for contributions from the community and will grant at least $160,000 each year, for a minimum of three years, to nonprofits and other eligible applicants who are working to make our community safe, equitable and thriving.

To donate to the Creating Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities fund, click here.

The Community Foundation is seeking a part-time Program Officer to support grantmaking from the Creating a Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities Fund. To learn more about the position, click here. The review of applicants will begin on December 17, 2018.