Competitive Donor-Advised Funds

Competitive Donor-Advised Funds are different than other grants offered at the Community Foundation because they are donor-driven. The funding priorities, exclusions, decision-making and timing of grant awards are determined by the donor-advisor.

 Competitive Donor-Advised Funds are not part of the Funds for the Community.  Therefore, applications to Competitive Donor-Advised Funds are not subject to the Funds for the Community application limits as identified on the Grant Opportunity Chart document.

Purpose: The Greater Cedar Rapids 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, and religious activities.

Organization Eligibility:

  • The Community Foundation accepts applications from nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status, governmental organizations, and non-501(c)(3) organizations that have completed arrangements to obtain a fiscal sponsor.
  • Eligible activities and funding priorities are different for each donor-advised fund. Information regarding donor-advisor priorities may be found below.

Ineligible Activities: Ineligible activities are different for each donor-advised fund. Information regarding donor –advisor exclusions may be found below.

Maximum Request Amounts, Duration of Grants and Frequency of Application: The Grant Opportunity Chart provides typical award ranges for each competitive donor-advised fund. Typically, organizations may receive one grant from each competitive donor-advised fund in a 12-month period, however, there are exceptions. Please contact the Program Officer for clarification.

Timing of Grant Awards: The timing of grant awards is different for each donor-advised fund. Donor-advisors typically provide grant recommendations two or three months after the deadline, depending on donor preferences.

Important Note: Under federal legislation, donor-advisors may not receive tangible benefit, goods or services as a result of a grant from their fund. This includes membership, dinners, tickets and other benefits.

Duration of Grant: 12 months

Deadline: Competitive donor-advisors accept applications in the following grant funding cycles:

Competitive Donor-Advised Funds Feb 15, 2017 Jun 15, 2017 Oct 13, 2017
Altorfer Inc. X
Bloomhall Family X
CRST International X
Diamond V X
GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation X
Lil’ Drug Store Products X X X
McGrath Automotive Group X X
World Class Industries X X


Competitive Donor-Advised Funds, Purpose and Typical Awards:

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. WCI 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

Applications and Forms:
Download Competitive Donor-Advised Guidelines and Application Questions
Download Program Fund and Competitive Donor-Advised Project Budget Form
Download Organization Budget Form

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