How to Apply

There are three steps to apply for a grant at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. Our grants are accepted online, through a grant portal at

The following steps outline how to apply for a grant:


1. Determine your eligibility and the grant fund(s) you will apply to.

The Community Foundation accepts applications from non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status, governmental organizations, and non-501(c)(3) organizations that have completed arrangements to obtain a fiscal sponsor.

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

Review the Grant Opportunities Chart – This downloadable chart provides a general overview of funding opportunities at the Community Foundation. It includes information about the purpose of each fund, deadlines, frequency of applications, duration of grants, and typical awards. It also provides information about your organization’s eligibility based on organizational age and budget.

Review the Funding Opportunities Page – This page provides an overview of the available funds with links to more details, including the applications and forms for you to review to prepare your application. We encourage you to review the fund guidelines, application and scoring tools to help you determine if your project matches the fund criteria.

Talk to a Program Officer – The Grant Program Officers at the Community Foundation are always eager to meet with grant applicants to discuss proposals before you formally submit them for consideration. Please contact us at least three to six weeks prior to the grant deadline to allow time for scheduling, review of the proposal and discussion/feedback.

NOTE: We encourage you to talk to a Program Officer before starting to work on your application to verify eligibility. We want to prevent ineligible applications and extra work if we can. If ineligible applications are submitted, you will be contacted to withdraw the application.

Contact Us

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

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


2. Request grant portal access.

In order to complete the online application process, nonprofits must 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, the 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, the grant team 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.

3. Login and complete the online grant application.

The online application portal is open one month before the grant deadline. We encourage you to download the grant application and forms, and complete the application in a separate document before logging in to the grant portal. To locate the grant application and budget forms, go to  the Funding Opportunities page, select the fund you will be applying to, and locate the forms at the bottom of each fund page.

To login, click here. You may also find the login in the upper right corner of the website.

If you need assistance, the Online Application Assistance document may provide guidance. You can also watch the Grant Application Tutorial. Or, please feel free to contact the grant team at 319.774.2370 or

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.