2015 Grant Awards

Program Fund:

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration Grant Award Includes Funding from the Following Field of Interest Funds
Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids Sustaining Out of School Programming $25,000 Gerald T. Knox Donor-Advised Fund
Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids Sustaining Out of School Programming $5,000  Nina and Victor Merveaux Fund for Low-Income Families
Cedar Rapids Municipal Band Replacement of Mobile Stage Used by the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band $20,000 Gerald T. Knox Donor-Advised Fund
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Young Artist Program/School Outreach Operas 2016-2018 $463.14 Joan Abbot Ann Lipsky Endowed Fund for Child-Centered Programs
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Young Artist Program/School Outreach Operas 2016-2018 $6,232.04 Iva C. Robb Fund for Artistic Initiative, a Liars Theater Legacy Fund
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Young Artist Program/School Outreach Operas 2016-2018 $9,304.82
Diversity Focus Black and Brown Educator Recruitment and Retention (BBERR) $20,000
Collaborative- Diversity Focus, City of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood, City of Iowa City, Iowa City Area Development Group Workplace (R)evolution: Positioning Iowa’s Creative Corridor as a National Leader in Workforce Recruitment, Retention and Engagement $5,000
First Lutheran Church Saturday Evening Meal Program $995.65 Homer E. and Irma B. Busby Fund for Human Services
First Lutheran Church Saturday Evening Meal Program $581.15 Ralph E. and Barbara J Hughes Endowed Fund for Church-Related Human Service Activities
First Lutheran Church Saturday Evening Meal Program $4,245.57 Robert E. and Corrine L. Yaw Fund
First Lutheran Church Saturday Evening Meal Program $3,059.19 Tokheim Family Field of Interest Fund for the Homeless and Hungry of Cedar Rapids
First Lutheran Church Saturday Evening Meal Program $1,357.27 Vern W. Reeder Memorial Fund
First Lutheran Church Saturday Evening Meal Program $761.17 Claire & Vernon Hudek Fund
Iowa JAG Inc. iJAG: Supporting Student Success in Graduation and Careers in Cedar Rapids 2015-2018 $60,000
Iowa Startup Accelerator Innovation Program Coordination $15,000
Marion Cares, Inc. Marion Students Excel in School and Life. $12,000 John A. and Elsie M. Nelson Fund
Collaborative- NewBo City Market, Main Street and Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Overalls All Over: A Grant Wood Experience $15,000 Gerald T. Knox Donor-Advised Fund
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Inc. Prevention Education $60,000 Gerald T. Knox Donor-Advised Fund
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center Prairiewoods Stream Restoration and Education Project
$2,374.93
GP Fund for the Environment
 $32,625.07
Systems Unlimited Funds for Mental Health Services $21,239.18 Gerald T. Knox Donor-Advised Fund
 $8,760.82
Theatre Cedar Rapids Theatre Education Expansion Grant $20,000
Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association Wellington Heights Resource Person – 2015
 $9,610
Harstad Fund for Neighborhood Programs
African American Museum of Iowa Endless Possibilities
$30,000
Area Substance Abuse Council ASAC’s Helping Families Be Safe Project $25,000
Artisan’s Sanctuary The Artisan’s Sanctuary – A Community Resource for the Visual and Performing Arts $10,000
Cedar Rapids Community School District STEAM Integrated Learning Supports $15,000
Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation Family Connections Library $20,000
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family Emergency Safe Shelter & Housing Stability $7,500 Gerald T. Knox Donor-Advised Fund
Collaborative Project submitted by Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families Collaborative grant: Coordinated Intake Operations to Support Individuals Experiencing a Housing Crisis $15,000
Community Health Free Clinic Prescription Services – FY16 $6,902.89 Van Nostrand Fund for Health Related Activities
Community Health Free Clinic Prescription Services – FY16 $7,943.38 White Cross Society Fund
Community Health Free Clinic Prescription Services – FY16 $153.73
Diversity Focus Community Financial Access (CFA) Microloan Project $15,000
Eastern Iowa Arts Academy 2015-2016 After School Enrichment Program Support $30,000
Eastern Iowa Honor Flight Scholarships for Guardians on Eastern Iowa Honor Flights $60,000 Gerald T. Knox Donor-Advised Fund
First United Methodist Church, Marion Fly Program Grant $603.76 John A. and Elsie M. Nelson Fund
First United Methodist Church, Marion Fly Program Grant $33,96.24
Four Oaks Family & Children’s Services SMART: Supervised Milieu at a Risky Time $15,000
Girls on the Run of Johnson County Iowa Program Support for High-Need Sites in Linn County $15,000
Legion Arts Inc. Landfall Festival of World Music 2015 (funded for 3 years) $30,000
Nature Conservancy Restoring a Wetland Upstream of Cedar Rapids for Reduced Flood Risk and Improved Water Quality (funded for 2 years) $60,000
Power of Women and Children Purchasing a Van – Matching Grant $5,000
Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families FY2016: Enhancing the Family System for Low-Income Families $20,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa Male Mentor Project $39,000 Gerald T. Knox Donor-Advised Fund
Catherine McAuley Center Inc. Adult Basic Education: Responding to Growing Community Literacy Needs (funded for 3 years) $10,000 Gerald T. Knox Donor-Advised Fund
Catherine McAuley Center Inc. Adult Basic Education: Responding to Growing Community Literacy Needs (funded for 3 years) $50,000
Cedar Rapids Animeals Food Grant October 2015 $2,000
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Exhibition Season Sponsor $30,000
College Community School District College Community Professional Therapy Dogs 2015-2016 $4,999
Families Helping Families of Iowa FHF Program Support for Abused and Neglected Children $5,000 Gerald T. Knox Donor-Advised Fund
First Presbyterian Church of Cedar Rapids Sunday Evening Meals Program (SEMP) (funded for 3 years) $3,199 Robert E. and Corinne L. Yaw Fund
$14,801
Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development Building Iowa Valley RC&D’s Outreach Capacity to Benefit the Linn County Food System $12,000
LBA Foundation October 2015-The Leaders, Believers, and Achievers Foundation (LBAF): Raising the Bar on What’s Possible Through Academic & Leadership Skills For All Students $20,000
Linn County – Juvenile Detention and Diversion Services Trauma-Informed Yoga for Incarcerated Youth 9-15-15 $5,350
Matthew 25 Grow Taylor $5,669 Ken and Ortha Harstad Fund
Matthew 25 Grow Taylor $5,4331
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Enhancing Accessibility and Engagement: The NCSML Online Collection Phase II $30,000
Orchestra Iowa Orchestra Iowa’s 2015/16 Fine Arts Series $25,000
Revival Theatre Company Sponsorship for 2015-2016 Season and Children’s Academy $7,797
SPT Theatre Company Tales from the Writers’ Room Season 9 $15,000
Tanager Place Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Project $15,000
The Homestead Family Resource Library for the Children’s Autism Project (CAP) Center in Hiawatha (2015) $2,534 Jim Spaight Memorial Fund
Theatre Cedar Rapids GCRCF Program Grant-Next to Normal $20,000
Trees Forever Trees Forever TreeKeepers: Because Every Tree Needs a Leader (funded for 2 years) $24,000

 

Organizational Development Fund:

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration
Abbe, Inc Abbe, Inc. Re-Branding & Website Project $15,000
Area Substance Abuse Council ASAC’s Technolgy Improvement Project $15,000
Gems of Hope Building a Tomorrow by Managing Information and Data Today $12,450
His Hands Free Medical Clinic Marketing to Increase Awareness and Volunteerism $4,400
IWLC – Iowa Women Lead Change Strategic Enhanced Communication and Training $13,000
Young Parents Network Enhancing Technology to Meet Emerging Needs Project  $15,000
Academy for Scholastic & Personal Success Marketing and Social Media for the Academy SPS 2015 Plan B $8,300
Children’s Theatre of Cedar Rapids dba Playtime Poppy Children’s Theatre Technology for Capacity Building $3,500
Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Recruitment & Coordination Project $7,500
Safe Place Foundation Organizational Development/Safe Place 2015 $2,900
Tanager Place T.O.P.S – Training Outreach Program for Sustainability $15,000
Aging Services Aging Services Develops Electronic Clinical Records $15,000
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Advancing the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre through Board and Staff Development $5,000
Cedar Valley Humane Society CVHS Digital Application Project – 2015 $6,664.35
Four Oaks Family & Children’s Services Progress Management $15,000
Matthew 25 Technology Efficiency Project $15,000
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Museum Audience Engagement Training and Implementation $15,000

 

President’s Fund:

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration
Carl & Mary Koehler History Center Emerging Opportunity: Strategic Planning Needs to Start Now $2,500
Safe Place Foundation Emerging Opportunity: Providing Emergency Shelter During Winter $2,000
Senior Guradian Project Start-Up Expenses: Filing Fee $850
Playtime Poppy Children’s Theatre Emerging Opportunity: One Great Line $2,700
Coggon Historical Society Start-Up Expenses: Filing Fee $400
Deaf Iowans Against Abuse Start-Up Expenses: Filing Fee and Attorney Fees $1,350

Linn County Fund:

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration Grant Award Includes Funding from the Following Field of Interest Funds
Alburnett Community School District 2016 Alburnett Elementary School Wellness and Playground Project $10,000
Area Substance Abuse Council 2016 Preventing Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Linn County $10,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa, Inc. Linn County Matches $10,000
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family Safe Shelter & Housing Stability $2,500
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity 2015 Palo Partnership Build $5,000
City of Central City Senior Dining-Home Delivered Meals 2015/2016 $10,000
City of Walker Walker Basketball Court Replacement $10,000
Coggon Area Betterment Association Glass & Porcelain $7,750
Families Helping Families of Iowa Foster Care Program Support – Linn Co. Non Metro $10,000
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa Preparing Students in Rural Linn County with the Tools and Skills Needed to Succeed in the 21st Century through Junior Achievement $5,000
Kids First Law Center Advocates for Children of High-Conflict Divorce Outside the Metro Area $10,000
Old Creamery Theatre Company Theatre for Young Audiences Tour of Character Chronicles $3,750
Old Opera House Community Arts Council Coggon Old Opera House Street Front Renovation $8,703.34 Nina E. and Victor D. Merveaux Endowed Fund for Historic Preservation
Old Opera House Community Arts Council Coggon Old Opera House Street Front Renovation $1,296.66
One Iowa Education Fund Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Linn County 2015-16 $5,000
Red Cedar Chamber Music Music in Rural Linn County Libraries 2016 $4,000
Riverview Center Basic Needs Assistance for Survivors of Sexual Assault $1,000

Resilience-Building Grants:

This fall, the Community Foundation awarded grants to help improve the resiliency of organizations that would provide key services to vulnerable populations following natural disasters. These grants were made available in part through funding from the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration
AbbeHealth Resilience-Building:  Developing an Electronic Billing System $15,000
Aging Services Resilience-Building: Aging Services Develops Electronic Clinical Records $15,000
Area Substance Abuse Council ASAC Resilience-Building Project $15,000
Foundation 2 Resilience-Building: Reaching Clients Through Texting $2,568
Four Oaks Family & Children’s Services Resilience-Building in Technology Disaster Recovery $15,000
Iowa Legal Aid Resilience Building-Disaster Mobile Application Project $15,000
Matthew 25 Resilience-Building of Matthew 25 $15,000
Tanager Place Resilience-Building Emergency Management (RB-EM) Project $15,000

 

Endowment Challenge Fund:

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration
Indian Creek Nature Center Sustaining an Amazing Space $25,000

 

Competitive Donor-Advised Funds:

Altorfer Inc.

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration
Friends of Cedar Lake Inc. Cedar Lake  A New Vision, a New Future $2,500
 Friends of Ushers Ferry Ushers Ferry Hired Hand’s House Restoration $2,100
 Kids First Law Center Advocacy for Children of High-Conflict Divorce $2,000
Orchestra Iowa Orchestra Iowa’s Music in the Schools $1,500
Salvation Army of Cedar Rapids Mobile Feeding $2,500
Theatre Cedar Rapids Spotlight on Kids $1,500
Indian Creek Nature Center Creating an Amazing Space $5,000
Tanager Place Your Child: Our Focus $12,000

 

Bloomhall Family

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration
Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids Sustaining Westside Out of School Program
Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center Ensuring Safe Ride/Safe Sleep for Infants
Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation Family Connections Library
Community Health Free Clinic Healthcare Services for the Underserved – FY16
 Hawkeye Area Community Action Program Operation Backpack
Iowa Veterans Welcome Center Veterans Emergency Assistance Funds
Junior League of Cedar Rapids Bridging the G.A.P. 2015-16
Theatre Cedar Rapids Family Series Sponsor
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa Variety Star Playground at Noelridge Park
Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families FY2016: Madge Phillips Center Shelter Bed Bug Prevention

 

Diamond V

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration
African American Museum of Iowa 2016 Endless Possibilities Phase 2 $4,500
American National Red Cross – Grant Wood Area Chapter Red Cross Biomedical Vehicle Match $20,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa, Inc. Reducing Ethnic Disparity (RED Partnership) $7,250
Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids Sustaining Westside Out of School Program $5,000
Catherine McAuley Center Inc. Improving Children’s Outcomes through Adult Literacy Education $6,500
Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation Family Connections Library $5,000
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity 2015 CVHFH Women Build $5,000
City of Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids City Hall Mural Fund $15,000
Community Health Free Clinic Healthcare Services for the Underserved – FY16 $4,000
Drake University Drake University Summer Research Fellowships 2016 $10,000
Foundation 2 Inc. Expanded Staffing to Feed Those in Crisis $5,000
Friends of Cedar Lake Inc Cedar Lake  A New Vision, a New Future $10,000
Heights Center Inc. Pathways to Prosperity 2015 $12,000
Iowa College Foundation Iowa College Foundation General Funding Request to Diamond V $1,500
Iowa Veterans Welcome Center Veterans Emergency Assistance Funds $9,000
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa Stimulating Economic Success in Linn County through Junior Achievement Programs $7,500
Junior League of Cedar Rapids Bridging the G.A.P. 2015-16 $5,000
Kids First Law Center Advocacy for Children of High-Conflict Divorce $5,000
Matthew 25 Cultivate Hope Urban Farm and School Gardens $10,000
Meth-Wick Community Rejuvenate — The Campaign to Enhance Meth-Wick Community (funded for 5 years) $50,000
National Council on Youth Leadership Leadership Seminars $5,000
Nature Conservancy Cedar River Flood Risk Reduction and Water Quality Improvement $3,000
Olivet Neighborhood Mission Olivet Neighborhood Mission Emergency Food Pantry and Clothing Closet $4,500
Orchestra Iowa Orchestra Iowa’s Fifth Grade Fiddles $5,000
Riders Club of America Cedar Rapids Ride Share Program $5,000
Theatre Cedar Rapids Family Series Sponsor $20,000
Trees Forever Cedar Rapids Fruit TreeKeepers $5,000
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa Variety Star Playground at Noelridge Park $25,000
Willis Dady Emergency Shelter Inc. Bunk Beds for Willis Dady Emergency Shelter 2015 $9,000
Area Substance Abuse Council ASAC’s Adult Residential Vision for the Future $10,000
Tanager Place Your Child: Our Focus $100,000

 

Gazette Foundation

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family Safe Shelter & Housing Stability $2,000
Community Health Free Clinic Direct Patient Care – FY15 $1,000
Iowa College Foundation Iowa College Foundation General Funding Request to The Gazette Foundation February 2015 $1,250
Iowa Department of Natural Resources Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition) $1,500
LBA Foundation Building Unique Academic and Leadership Skills In Our Students $1,500
Matthew 25 Matthew 25 Grow Possibilities Capital Campaign $15,000
African American Museum of Iowa 2016 Endless Possibilities Phase 2 $1,000
Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation Family Connections Library $1,000
Cornell College Cornell College/Mount Vernon Community Cultural Film Series $750
Nature Conservancy Cedar River Flood Risk Reduction and Water Quality Improvement $1,500
Area Substance Abuse Council ASAC’s Adult Residential Vision for the Future $1,000
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity 2016 Gazette Foundation ABWK $1,500
Eastern Iowa Arts Academy 2016 Music and Arts Studios Programming $1,500
Families Helping Families of Iowa FHF Support for Abused and Neglected Children $1,500
Junior League of Cedar Rapids Bridging the G.A.P. 2016 $1,000
Marion Chamber Foundation ImaginArt in the Alleys $1,500
Riverview Center Basic Needs Assistance for Survivors of Sexual Assault $1,000
Trees Forever Cedar Rapids Fruit TreeKeepers $1,000

 

GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration
Alzheimer’s Association – East Central Iowa Chapter 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – The Brains Behind Saving Yours $2,500
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa, Inc. GreatAmerica Financial Services Employee Volunteers Choose to Inspire Possibilities $11,600
Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids Sustaining Out of School Program $7,000
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Summer Season Sponsorship 2015 $7,500
Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department Greene Square Revitalization $10,000
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity 2015 GreatAmerica Hope Builders Sponsorship $10,000
Community Health Free Clinic Direct Patient Care – FY15 $5,000
Foundation 2 Inc. Connection to Cultural Experiences for Foundation 2 Shelter Residents $3,000
Four Oaks Family & Children’s Services TotalChild $50,000
Horizons – A Family Service Alliance Horizons Meals On Wheels: More Than Just a Meal $2,5000
Indian Creek Nature Center Creating an Amazing Space $25,000
Iowa College Foundation Iowa College Foundation General Funding Request to GreatAmerica Financial Services February 2015 $10,000
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa Creating a Well Educated Future Workforce in Linn County through Junior Achievement Programs $10,006
Kirkwood Community College Foundation GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation Project FINISH Scholarship $20,000
African American Museum of Iowa 2016 Endless Possibilities Phase 2 $2,500
American Cancer Society – Cedar Rapids 2016 Linn Cancer Research Fund A Need $10,000
American Heart Association American Heart Association 2016 $5,000
Brucemore Grant Wood Interpretation Enhancement $2,500
Catherine McAuley Center Offering Hope and Opportunity for Survivors of Trauma $4,900
Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival Freedom Festival Imagination Square $3,000
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Exhibition Support for Grant Wood and Marvin Cone: Barns, Farms, and Americas Heartland $7,500
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre 2015-16 Season Sponsorship $10,000
Czech Village/New Bohemia Urban Main Street District Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street Building Improvement Fund $5,000
Gems of Hope Gifts of Education Scholarship Program $2,000
H D Youth Center Feeding the Youth at HD Youth Center $7,500
March of Dimes Foundation March of Dimes Campaign to End Premature Birth $5,000
Meth-Wick Community Rejuvenate  The Campaign to Enhance Meth-Wick Community – art therapy $2,500
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Old World Christmas Market 2015 $2,5000
Old Creamery Theatre Company Theatre for Young Audiences Tour of Character Chronicles $7,000
Tanager Place Expressive Arts Gala Healing with Heart $2,500
Theatre Cedar Rapids Green Days American Idiot Show Sponsorship $25,000
Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families Opening Doors for Low-Income Child Care Children through Extra-Curricular Activity Scholarships $4,500

 

Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc.

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration
Eastern Iowa Arts Academy 2015 Programming Support $1,000
Revival Theatre Company Support for 2014, 2015-2016 Theatre Season and Academy $4,000
Alzheimer’s Association Walk 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – The Brains Behind Saving Yours $4,000
Foundation 2 Inc Meeting Storage and Food Needs for the After Hours Food Pantry $1,000
Horizons – Meals on Wheels Horizons Meals On Wheels: More Than Just a Meal $1,000
Boys & Girls Club Sustaining Out of School Program $2,000
Junior Achievement Creating a Well Educated Future Workforce in Linn County through Junior Achievement Programs $5,000
Meth-Wick Rejuvenate — The Campaign to Enhance Meth-Wick Community $2,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa Bowl For Kids Sake 2016 Sponsorship $5,000
Kids First Law Center Advocacy for Children of High-Conflict Divorce $1,000
National Council on Youth Leadership Lil’ Drug Support $1,000

 

McGrath Automotive Group

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration
Friends of Cedar Lake Inc. Cedar Lake  A New Vision, a New Future $5,000
Kids First Law Center Advocacy for Children of High-Conflict Divorce $2,500
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity 2016 McGrath Automotive Group ABWK $2,500
Mercy Medical Center Foundation Teddy Bear Clinic – Medical play $2,500
Riverview Center Basic Needs Assistance for Survivors of Sexual Assault $1,000
Theatre Cedar Rapids Theatre Accessibility for Youth $2,500

 

World Class Industries

Organization/Applicant Purpose Amount/ Duration
Catherine McAuley Center Inc. Increasing Access to Basic Education for English Language Learners in Hiawatha $2,000
Community Health Free Clinic Healthcare Services for the Underserved – FY16 $3,000
Friends of the Hiawatha Public Library Play & Learn at Hiawatha Public Library 2015-2016 $10,000
Junior League of Cedar Rapids Bridging the G.A.P. 2015-16 $2,000
Kids First Law Center Advocacy for Children of High-Conflict Divorce $2,500
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Des Moines Family to Family Teacher training and Peer to Peer Mentor training $4,500
Area Substance Abuse Council ASACs Adult Residential Vision for the Future $2,500
Cedar Rapids Community School District Read 2 Succeed $2,500
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family Safe Shelter & Housing Stability $4,000
Families Helping Families of Iowa FHF Support for Abused and Neglected Children $2,250
Iowa College Foundation Iowa College Foundation General Funding Request to World Class Industries October 2015 $1,250
Riverview Center Basic Needs Assistance for Survivors of Sexual Assault $1,000
Tanager Place Soaring Beyond: The Campaign for Tanager Place Children $15,000
Waypoint Services for Women, Children and Families Building a Safety Net for Women Experiencing Domestic Violence $4,000
Young Parents Network Broadway Maybies 2016 $2,500