COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund

The COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund helps address health and human service needs that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations.

Nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status and governmental entities serving Linn County, Iowa.

Project Eligibility & Priorities
The COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund will support basic human needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis. The fund priorities primarily align with the coordination efforts addressed at regular meetings of the Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster.

  • Information distributions/communication
  • Food security and distribution
  • Medical services and supportive public health practices
  • Mental health services
  • Financial resiliency and stability for individuals and families
  • Legal services
  • Housing and shelter
  • Essential transportation
  • Access to educational opportunities for vulnerable children

Applicants are encouraged to consider the equity impact of the pandemic, including:

  • Communities that were already vulnerable prior to the pandemic
  • Culturally appropriate pandemic responses
  • For additional information, see COVID-19 Equity Facts

Organizations that are providing the above services may also apply for adaptations to meet the safety and security needs of their staff and clients.

Priority will be given to organizations that are working cooperatively with other organizations.

Applications will be scored on the following criteria, with five points possible for each item:

  • Proposal addresses important community needs that are aligned with the fund priorities.
  • Proposal is likely to achieve the desired goals as stated in the application.
  • Organization is connected to a system of care. (This could mean that the organization is participating in the Linn Area Partner Active in Disaster phone calls, is part of the Continuum of Care, or otherwise communicating/cooperating with other organizations providing interrelated services.)
  • Organization has the capacity to complete the proposal as intended, as evidenced by assessment of the proposal budget and by successful implementation of pre-pandemic programming.
  • Proposal addresses equity impact of the pandemic.

Maximum Request Amount and Duration of Grant
This pandemic has created vast need and an unknown time horizon. For that reason, the Community Foundation is focused on smaller, targeted grants from the COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund. While there is no maximum request amount assigned to this fund, it may be helpful to review the grants that have been awarded to date here.

Frequency of Application
Organizations may submit applications as needed for projects that meet the above guidelines. If awarded funds are nearly expended and the need continues, an additional application may be submitted.

This fund accepts applications at any time. Applications will be reviewed frequently by the committee.

To apply, please submit a short letter (1-2 pages) explaining the request. Please include a budget listing the component costs of the request.

How to Submit
Applications should be emailed to

Contact Carrie Walker at or 319-360-3950.