How to Apply

Grant Adjustments in 2020

The Community Foundation is working to support nonprofit organizations through the Derecho disaster and the COVID-19 pandemic. Our grant funding opportunities and timelines have been adjusted.

  • Decisions about summer grant applications for Funds for the Community Cycle 2 and Endowment Challenge Fund have been delayed to Thursday, September 10, 2020.
  • The grant portal opening for fall applications has been delayed to Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
  • The fall grant deadline has been delayed to Thursday, October 1, 2020.

To apply for a grant at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, please read and follow the following steps:

1. Please contact us if you have any questions.

If you are new to the grant application process, or if you have questions, we encourage you to talk to a Program Officer. Our Program Officers can help determine which fund(s) you are eligible to apply for and are glad to discuss proposals before you submit them.

For the Funds for the Community, e-mail and a program officer will respond to your questions.

For the Competitive Donor-Advised Funds and Cedar Grove Signature Fund, contact: Elizabeth Cwik, Senior Program Officer, at or 319. 774.2372.

For the Endowment Challenge Fund, Linn County Fund  or President’s Fund, contact: Rochelle Naylor, Senior Program Officer, at or 319.774.2373.

For the Creating Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities Fund, contact: Rachel Rockwell, Program Officer, at or 319.200.4007.

2. Determine your eligibility.

To receive a grant from the Community Foundation, your organization must be one of the following:

    • A non-profit with a 501(c)(3) status

3. Determine the grant fund(s) you will apply to.

We encourage you to review the following when you are determining which funds to apply to:

Grant Opportunities Chart – This downloadable chart provides a general overview of funding opportunities at the Community Foundation and can help you narrow your search.

Funding Opportunities Page – This page provides an overview of the available funds and includes links to detailed pages for each fund. These pages contain the grant applications and forms. We encourage you to review the fund guidelines, application and scoring tools to help you determine if your project matches the fund criteria

4.  Request grant portal access.

Select one person to act as the grant administrator for the organization. The grant administrator will have access to the grant portal to submit online applications, check the status of applications, review grant histories and submit final reports.

To request a grant administrator, an organization leader (president, CEO, executive director or board president) must send an email to with the first and last name, title and email address of the appointed person. Within two business days, we will email both the grant administrator and the organizational leader with a username and password.

NOTE: Organizations will not have access to the online application portal until they have received this username and password.

5. Prepare your application and update your “Organization Snapshot.”

We encourage you to download the grant application packet and budget form, and develop the application in a separate document before logging in to the grant portal. This will allow you to check spelling, grammar, and character counts, and will also allow you to develop the application without a web browser’s time limits. To find the grant application and budget forms, go to the Funding Opportunities Page and select the fund you are applying to.

You will also need to update your Organization Snapshot at least 24 hours prior to beginning an application. Login here to update this information.

6. Login and complete the online grant application.

The online application portal is open one month before the grant deadline. To login, click here. You may also find the login in the upper right corner of the website. For step-by-step instructions on logging in and completing the application process, view this Grant Application Tutorial slideshow.

NOTE: All deadlines are 4:30pm Central Time. The time stamp on the application is based on Eastern Time, which is one hour later.


NOTE:  If your application is determined by the Community Foundation to be ineligible – due to incompatible project timelines, not meeting the Fund’s criteria, or other related factors – you will be contacted to discuss withdrawing the application.  If an application is withdrawn, you may re-submit during a grant cycle later in the calendar year.