Disaster Recovery Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic and the derecho on August 10, 2020 has made an impact on the well-being of our community. Disaster response and recovery efforts are always difficult, but having dual disasters has been complicated. Although everyone in Linn County has been affected, vulnerable populations have been disproportionately impacted. Local nonprofits are experiencing enormous strain as they work to sustain their vital missions.


The Disaster Recovery Fund provides grants for community needs for recovery, particularly for our most vulnerable populations. Funding is being allocated where it is most needed and will adapt to evolving needs, particularly those not being met by existing nonprofit, local, state and federal programs.

If you would prefer to write a check, please mail your gift to:

Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
324 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA  52401

Please include Disaster Recovery Fund on the memo line of the check.


We are grateful to the donors that have contributed to the disasters to help our community during this difficult time.

In March of 2020, the COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund was established to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in our community and to address human service needs for vulnerable populations such as children, older adults, and the homeless. The fund raised and distributed nearly $400,000 for pandemic relief. The fund was closed in July 2021.

After the derecho swept through Eastern Iowa in August 2020, the Disaster Recovery Fund was established to allocate charitable contributions to support Linn County communities during disasters to provide resources where they are needed most. So far, grants have supported derecho response and recovery; moving forward, all of the Community Foundation’s disaster relief gifts and grants for disaster response — including the pandemic, derecho or other disasters — will be made to and from this fund.

To view lead supporters to our disaster funds, click here.

To view a list of grants made from the disaster funds, click here.

To learn more about the grant process for the Disaster Recovery Fund, click here.

For more information on grant opportunities at the Community Foundation, click here.