Funding Opportunities

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation provides a variety of grant funding opportunities. Available grant funds with deadlines can be found here.

We encourage you to review the Grant Opportunity Chart for a general overview of funding opportunities as well as information regarding your organization’s eligibility based on organizational age and budget.

FUNDS FOR THE COMMUNITY:

Funds for the Community grants are made from permanently endowed funds entrusted to the Community Foundation. Grants are available for both emerging and established organizations and for projects ranging from small, time-limited grants to larger, multi-year commitments.

Program Fund: Supports new and innovative programs and sustains current and/or ongoing programs. Awards: Maximum of $30,000 in any given year

Organizational Development Fund: Supports nonprofits in strengthening their ability to carry out their mission. Awards: $2,000 to $15,000

Endowment Challenge Fund: Supports nonprofit organizations with a matching grant to help in their effort to support an endowment to create sustainable funding. Awards: $25,000 with five years to meet the match

Linn County Fund: Supports programs or projects that enhance the quality of life and community development outside the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area. Awards: Up to $10,000

President’s Fund: Supports the immediate needs of nonprofit organizations. Awards: Up to $2,500

COMPETITIVE DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS:

The Community Foundation accepts grant applications for a number of local corporations and family foundations. Funding priorities are determined by each donor-advisor and may include programmatic or operating support, capital campaigns, event sponsorships or religious activities. 

Altorfer Inc.: Applications are accepted in all categories with high priority on historic preservation and community development. Individual public schools and projects outside of Linn County will not be considered. Average Award: $2,400

Bloomhall Family: Applications are accepted in all categories with a high priority on health-related activities. Funding for one-time events (such as fundraisers and conferences), travel and religious organizations for religious purposes will not be considered.

CRST International: Applications are accepted in all categories, with a strong emphasis on arts and culture. Individual public schools, religious organizations for religious purposes will not be considered. Agencies supported by United Way will not be considered for program support but may apply for capital campaign requests. Awards: $500 – $30,000

Diamond V: Applications are accepted in all categories with a high priority on educational training and health and human services activities. Funding for one-time events (such as fundraisers and conferences), travel and religious organizations for religious purposes will not be considered. Average Award: $4,000

GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation: Applications are accepted in all categories. Individual public schools, travel and religious organizations for religious purposes will not be considered. Average Award: $7,000

Lil’ Drug Store Products: Applications are accepted in all categories. Projects outside of Cedar Rapids are generally not considered. Award: Up to $5,000

McGrath Automotive Group: Applications are accepted in all categories with an emphasis on children’s needs. Travel and projects/organizations outside of Linn County will not be considered. Average Award: $2,500

World Class Industries: Applications are accepted in all categories with high priority placed on efforts that serve the communities of Hiawatha, East Moline, Cedar Falls and Des Moines. World Class Industries will fund grants that support efforts that their employees are involved in, impact the communities they do business in and make a difference. Awards: $500 – $10,000