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, 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Oct 12, 2018
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 X


Competitive Donor-Advised Funds, Purpose and Typical Awards:

Altorfer Inc.:

  • Eligible Categories: Program or Capital or Sponsorship
  • Priorities:
    • Historic preservation
    • Community development
  • Ineligible:
    • Individual public schools
    • Projects outside of Linn County
  • 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
  • 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 Guidelines and Application Questions
Download Competitive Donor-Advised Project Budget Form
Change in Organization Budget Requirements Effective Summer 2018

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