Derecho Disaster Recovery

Recovery from the derecho on August 10, 2020, will be a lengthy and costly process. Disaster response and recovery efforts are always difficult, but this year are further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although everyone in Linn County has been affected, vulnerable populations have been disproportionately impacted. Local nonprofits, already stretched thin due to the pandemic and related closures, are experiencing enormous strain as they work to sustain their vital missions.


The Disaster Recovery Fund is providing rapid response grants to meet basic needs of our most vulnerable populations and is adapting to evolving needs during recovery, 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 fund to help our community during this difficult time. To view lead supporters to the fund, click here.


The Community Foundation is distributing resources and funds in an effective, efficient and impactful way. Rapid response grants are currently being distributed to help human service organizations meet basic and emergent needs.

To view a list of grants made from the fund, 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.