Creating Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities Fund

The Creating Safe, Equitable & Thriving Communities Fund was established in 2018 through a partnership with the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, and the Cedar Rapids Community School District to address inter-relational factors that lead to youth violence in Cedar Rapids. Grants from this fund will work toward creating a safe, equitable and thriving community.

Focus and Goals
The Creating Safe, Equitable & Thriving Communities Fund offered its first grant cycle in March 2019 for summer programming. The second grant cycle deadline is October 10, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. $120,000 will be available for 5-10 projects and/or programs that approach systemic causes of economic, racial and academic disparities and/or aims to avoid, reduce or stop high risk behaviors that can lead to involvement with the criminal justice system. Priority will be given to projects informed by research and evidence-based practices, and to applicants who involve directly affected community members in program design and implementation. Eligible expenses (in addition to usual programmatic expenses such as staff, space, and supplies) may include addressing barriers to access such as transportation, childcare, meals/incentives, etc.

Organization Eligibility: 

  • The Community Foundation accepts applications from nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status and governmental organizations.
  • Organizations that are not 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations should contact Rachel Rockwell for further discussion.
  • Collaboration between public, private, grassroots & nonprofit organizations is encouraged. Multiple organizations may submit a joint application for a collaborative project.

Ineligible Activities

  • Fundraising events and activities
  • Religious activities: contact program officer for clarification
  • Expenses for projects and programs that have already occurred or will occur during the grant review process

Maximum Request Amount

Duration of Grant 
12 months, beginning January 2020

Application Deadline 
October 10, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. CST

Planning Sessions
Because this grant program is seeking to address complex issues we recognize that potential applicants might benefit from exploring effective and promising solutions and community connections. We will hold three Planning Sessions between the months of July-Sept to help foster learning and collaborative efforts between public, private, grassroots and nonprofit organizations. To RSVP, please complete the following survey tool to help us gauge the interest of potential applicants and prepare for the Planning Sessions:

Link to Survey
Planning Sessions
Power Point from August 19th SET Planning Session

Fall SET Fund Application Packet

Questions? Contact:
Rachel Rockwell, Program Officer, at or at 319.200.4007