Endowment Challenge Grants

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For more information on Endowment Challenge Grants, please contact Rochelle Naylor.

Rochelle Naylor
Senior Program Officer

The Endowment Challenge Grant is a matching grant supporting nonprofit organizations in building endowments in Linn County, Iowa. The matching endowment fund is opened and held at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation after notification of funding. Nonprofit endowment funds are an investment in the mission and the future of the organization by providing general operating support, stability during cyclical income variances, and income for areas of high importance to the organization.

Nonprofit organizations in Linn County, Iowa, that are at least seven years old (based on the date of the IRS letter of determination) and hold 501(c)(3) status may apply if they meet two or more of the following criteria:

  • The organization is based in Linn County
  • The organization serves residents of Linn County
  • A received Endowment Challenge Grant will only serve residents of Linn County
  • The organization currently holds one or more nonprofit endowed funds at the Community Foundation. The fund(s) must have been opened AND have a balance at or above the $10,000 fund minimum at least one year prior to the date of application.

Ineligible Organizations

  • Organizations that do not meet two or more of the above criteria
  • Organizations with a core religious mission

Request Amount 
$25,000 and five years to meet the match

Grantmaking Equity Statement
The Community Foundation is committed to ensuring equity in our grantmaking strategy. Review the Grantmaking Equity Statement adopted by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors here.

Application and Forms
2023 application coming soon
Download the Endowment Challenge Grant Budget Form
Endowment Challenge Grant Management

Questions? Contact 
Rochelle Naylor, Program Officer, at rochelle.naylor@gcrcf.org or at 319.774.2373.