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 will first provide rapid response grants to meet basic needs of our most vulnerable populations and will adapt 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.

Thank you to TaxAct for providing a lead gift to the Disaster Recovery Fund. We are grateful to the donors that have contributed to the fund to help our community during this difficult time. To view other lead supporters to the fund, click here.


The Community Foundation is working to pool and distribute 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. As recovery evolves, an application process will be implemented.

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.

Decisions about the summer grant cycle and the fall grant deadline have been delayed to provide more time for nonprofits to assess needs:

  • The summer grant applications have been delayed to Thursday, September 10, 2020.
  • The fall grant deadline has been delayed to Thursday, October 1, 2020, with the online portal opening on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

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