Disaster Response for COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to be an evolving situation. As cases continue to occur in Linn County, we are increasingly aware of the impact this pandemic is having on the people we care about, local nonprofits and our health care system. We also know it is having a disproportionate impact on the health and economic well-being of children and families, older adults, and the homeless population. As residents respond to the August 10th derecho, there is a growing and immediate need for food, housing and shelter, medical support and more. This is placing enormous stress on local nonprofits.


Give to the COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund to meet needs in our communities, 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.

Thank you to United Way of East Central Iowa and The Hall Perrine Foundation for helping to launch the fund. To view other lead supporters to the fund, click here.


As part of our effort to remain responsive to the needs of our community, the process for administering competitive grant programs was altered in 2020. Due to the unique challenges of providing services during the pandemic, the Community Foundation’s core grant programs were temporarily reorganized to provide more generalized support. Funds typically earmarked for programmatic or capacity-building projects were instead distributed as general operating support. Additionally, 2019 grantees were encouraged to use grant funding wherever it was needed most.

The COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund helps address health and human service needs that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations. To learn more about the application process, click here.

In 2021, more adjustments have been made to our competitive grant programs to provide flexibility for nonprofits to meet their needs. Information about 2021 grants can be found here.

Nonprofit resources, peer connection and learning opportunities to help nonprofits respond to the crisis and support organizational sustainability can be found here.

Click here to give a gift and impact those who need it most.

To view a list of grants made so far in 2020, click here.