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.

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, however, it may take longer.

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, 2019 Jun 14, 2019 Sept 20, 2019
Altorfer Inc. X
Bloomhall Family X
CRST International X
Diamond V X
GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation X
Lil’ Drug Store Products X
McGrath Automotive Group X X
World Class Industries X


Competitive Donor-Advised Funds, Purpose and Typical Awards:

Altorfer Inc.:

  • Eligible Categories: Program or Capital
  • Priorities:
    • Health and human services
    • Educational programming
    • Community development
  • Ineligible:
    • Individual public schools
    • Projects outside of Linn County
    • Fundraisers/sponsorships
  • Average Award: $2,400

Bloomhall Family:

  • Eligible Categories: Program or Capital
  • Priorities: Health-related activities
  • Ineligible:
    • Fundraisers/sponsorships (instead, consider applying for a program for which you are raising funds)
    • Conferences
    • Travel expenses
    • Religious organizations for religious purposes

CRST International:

  • Eligible Categories: Program or Capital or Sponsorship
  • Priorities: Arts and culture
  • Ineligible:
    • Individual public schools
    • Religious organizations for religious purposes
    • United Way agencies may not apply for program support but may apply for capital requests
  • Award Range: $500 to $30,000

Diamond V:

  • Eligible Categories: Program or Capital
  • Priorities:
    • Educational training
    • Health and human services
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Ineligible:
    • Fundraisers/sponsorships (instead, consider applying for a program for which you are raising funds)
    • Conferences
    • Travel expenses
    • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Average Award: $4,000

GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation:

  • Eligible Categories: Program or Capital or Sponsorship
  • Ineligible:
    • Individual public schools
    • Travel expenses
    • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Average Award: $7,000

Lil’ Drug Store Products:

  • Eligible Categories: Program or Capital or Sponsorship
  • Priorities: Projects within Cedar Rapids
  • Awards: Up to $5,000

McGrath Automotive Group:

  • Eligible Categories: Program or Capital or Sponsorship
  • Priorities: Children’s needs
  • Ineligible:
    • Travel expenses
    • Projects/organizations outside of Linn County
  • Average Award: $2,500

World Class Industries:

  • Eligible Categories: Program or Capital
  • Priorities:
    • Basic health and human services
    • Classroom education
  • Ineligible: Fundraisers/sponsorships (instead, consider applying for a program for which you are raising funds)
  • Award Range: $500 to $10,000

Applications and Forms:

The forms below are updated for each grant cycle. Please download new forms for each grant cycle to avoid using outdated versions.

Each category – program, capital, or sponsorship – has a unique set of questions within the application. To determine the correct category for your project or program, look at the questions on the following pages of the Competitive Donor-Advised Guidelines and Application Questions document:

  • Program questions begin on page 4
  • Capital questions begin on page 5
  • Sponsorship questions begin on page 6

If you have questions regarding the appropriate category, please contact the Program Officer prior to beginning work on your application.

Download Competitive Donor-Advised Fund Application Packet
Download Competitive Donor-Advised Project Budget Form

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