Cedar Grove Signature Fund

Signature Funds are offered by the Community Foundation as an alternative to a private foundation for donors with significant charitable assets. They are donor driven so the funding priorities, exclusions, decision-making and timing of grant awards are determined by the donor.

The Cedar Grove Signature Fund is not part of the Funds for the Community.  Therefore, this application is not subject to the Funds for the Community application limits as identified on the Grant Opportunity Chart document.


  • The Cedar Grove Signature Fund supports organizations in all nonprofit sectors that impact the quality of life in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. However, human services, education, and arts and culture will be the primary focus.
  • The fund is intended to support the programmatic work of eligible nonprofits by funding program needs, capital campaigns or event sponsorships.  In addition, the fund will also support projects that build efficiencies in the organization’s management systems and structures.
  • New approaches to solving problems are appreciated.
  • Reporting against clearly pre-defined metrics for success will be required for program/general support, sponsorship and capital projects.  A capital campaign case statement will be a required upload to meet this requirement.

Organization Eligibility

  • The Cedar Grove Signature Fund accepts applications from nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status.
  • Preferred applications will be from organizations in operation for at least seven years, with a minimum of two years or more since receiving the 501(c)(3) status.

Ineligible Activities

  • Religious activities for religious purposes: contact Program Officer for qualification as needed
  • Expenses for projects and programs that have already occurred or will occur during the grant review process

Grant Timing
The timing of grant awards will be determined by the donor. Grant awards will be made once per calendar year, with final reports due each fall.

Frequency of Application
This is the first grant cycle for this fund which will be an annual opportunity.  Only on grant application will be accepted per organization.

Maximum Request Amount
Amounts will range typically range from $10,000-$50,000

Thursday, October 1, 2020 by 4:30 p.m. CST

Download Cedar Grove Signature Fund Application Packet
Download Cedar Grove Signature Fund Budget Template

Questions? Contact:
Elizabeth Cwik, Program Officer, at elizabeth.cwik@gcrcf.org or at 319.774.2372.