Grant Adjustments in 2021

The Community Foundation is working to support nonprofit organizations through the derecho disaster and the COVID-19 pandemic. Our grant funding opportunities have been adjusted to offer more general support. For more information, click here.

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation invests in local nonprofit organizations that contribute to improving the quality of life in our community. Our grants support innovation, sustainability and capacity building.

In addition, we accept grant applications for a number of corporations and family foundations. Funding priorities are determined by the donor-advisor and may include programmatic or operating support, capital campaigns, event sponsorships and religious activities. To view more details about grant eligibility, review and download our Grant Opportunities Chart here.

All competitive grant applications are accepted online through a secure grant portal. Click here for more details.

2021 Grant Programs and Application Deadlines

Feb 12
4:30 p.m. CST
Grant Portal opens:
Jan 12
Notifications sent:
Apr 29
Jul 1
4:30 p.m. CST
Grant Portal opens:
Jun 1
Notifications sent:
Aug 26
Oct 1
4:30 p.m. CST
Grant Portal opens:
Sept 1
Notifications sent:
Dec 1
Competitive Grant Programs
Program Support Grants x x x
Organization Support Grants x x x
Endowment Challenge Grants
Linn County Grants x
Creating Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities Fund x
Cedar Grove Signature Fund x
President’s Grants Accepted as needed, once per 12 month period
Disaster Recovery Fund Accepted as needed
COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund Pandemic-related requests are now being accepted through Disaster Recovery Fund
Competitive Donor-Advised Funds
Altorfer, Inc. x
Bloomhall Family x
CRST International x
Diamond V x
GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation x
Lil’ Drug Store Products x
McGrath Automotive Group x
World Class Industries x


Donor-Advised Fund
Friends Helping Friends Foundation Fund Mar 26 Jun 25 Sep 24 Dec 31
Girls with Goals Aug 16

To view more details about each grant opportunity, visit our Funding Opportunities page.

To watch a video about the adjustments of grant opportunities in 2021, click here.