Disaster Recovery Fund


Recovery from the derecho on August 10, 2020, will be a lengthy and costly process. Disaster response and recovery efforts are always difficult, but this year these are further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Disaster Recovery Fund provides grants to meet basic needs of our most vulnerable populations, as well as long-term recovery needs as funding is available.


The Disaster Recovery Fund will grant to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and governmental entities serving Linn County, Iowa.



Beginning August 17, 2020

Rapid response grants are those identified by staff and partners as immediate needs of vulnerable populations. Recommendations are reviewed by a fund committee and approved by the board executive committee. If a nonprofit has an immediate need for funding to provide a service that meets the eligibility requirements below, please email disaster@gcrcf.org for consideration.

Funding is being allocated where it is most needed to support unmet human needs and will adapt to evolving needs, particularly those not being met by existing nonprofit, local, state and federal programs.



Beginning August 31, 2020

Project Eligibility & Priorities

The Disaster Recovery Fund Human Needs Recovery Grants will support unmet human needs resulting from the derecho storm including coordination of assistance to individuals and families and programs and services related to recovery.

Examples could include:

  • Basic needs (food, shelter, medical, other supplies, etc.)
  • Mental health services
  • Legal services
  • Long term recovery and rebuilding needs

The fund priorities align with the coordination efforts addressed at regular meetings of the Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster. Priority will be given to organizations that are working cooperatively with other organizations to ensure that assistance helps address needs that will not be covered by FEMA individual assistance or other governmental programs.

Applicant organizations should meet the project eligibility and priorities above, and are encouraged to consider the equity impact of the storm, including:

  • Communities that were already vulnerable prior to the disaster
  • Culturally appropriate disaster response


Applications will be reviewed by a fund committee and 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.
  • Proposal addresses equity impact.

Maximum Request Amount and Duration of Grant

The derecho storm has created vast need. For that reason, the Community Foundation will typically focus on smaller, targeted grants from the Disaster Recovery Fund. For larger collaborative projects that address unmet needs, email disaster@gcrcf.org for guidance. 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, including a budget listing the component costs of the request.

How to Submit

Applications should be emailed to disaster@gcrcf.org.


Contact Carrie Walker at Carrie.Walker@gcrcf.org or 319-360-3950.



The Disaster Recovery Fund Nonprofit Recovery Grants could begin in early October based on available funding. Nonprofit Recovery Grants would support the long-term recovery needs from the derecho storm. Funding would include grants to support nonprofit funding gaps crucial to mission fulfillment. Funding guidelines and priorities will be identified following further understanding of nonprofit damage and funding gaps. Please watch for more information in mid-September.


For more information about the Disaster Recovery Fund, click here.

To view a list of grants made from the fund, click here.