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Competitive Donor-Advised Funds are different from other grants offered at the Community Foundation because they are donor-driven. The funding priorities, exclusions, decision-making and timing of grant awards are determined by the donor advisor.

Competitive Donor-Advised Funds are not related to the Program Support or Organization Support Grant programs.   Therefore, applications to Competitive Donor-Advised Funds are not subject to the application limits for those two grant programs. 

Grant Details

Purpose

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation accepts grant applications for a number of local corporations and family funds. Funding priorities are determined by each donor-advisor and may include programmatic or operating support, capital campaigns, event sponsorships, and religious activities.

Organization Eligibility

  • The Community Foundation accepts applications from nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status, governmental organizations, and non-501(c)(3) organizations that have completed arrangements to obtain a fiscal sponsor.
  • Eligible activities and funding priorities are different for each donor-advised fund. Information regarding donor-advisor priorities may be found here.

Duration of Grants and Frequency of Application

  • Typical award ranges for each competitive donor-advised fund may be found here.
  • Typically, organizations may receive one grant from each competitive donor-advised fund in a 12-month period, however, there are exceptions. Please contact the program officer for clarification.

Timing of Grant Awards

The timing of grant awards is different for each donor-advised fund. Donor advisors typically provide grant recommendations two or three months after the deadline, however, it may take longer.

Important Note

Under federal legislation, donor-advisors may not receive tangible benefits, goods or services as a result of a grant from their fund. This includes membership, dinners, tickets and other benefits.

Duration of Grant

12 months

Funding Priorities, Typical Awards, & Deadlines

Competitive donor advisors accept applications in the following grant funding cycles:

Fund NamePriorities, Eligible and Ineligible RequestsAverage Awards
Deadlines*
March 1,
2024
June 28,
2024
September 13,
2024
Altorfer, Inc.Priorities: Historic preservation, community development

Eligible: Program or Capital

Ineligible: Individual public schools, projects outside Linn County, fundraisers/sponsorships
$2,400
Bloomhall FamilyPriorities: Health-related activities

Eligible: Program or Capital

Ineligible: Fundraisers/sponsorships (instead, consider applying for the program for which you are raising funds), conferences, travel expenses, religious organizations for religious purposes
CRST InternationalPriorities: Arts and culture

Eligible: Program, Capital or Sponsorship

Ineligible: Individual public schools, religious organizations for religious purposes, United Way agencies may not apply for program support but may apply for capital requests
$500 to $30,000
Diamond VPriorities: Health-related activities

Eligible: Program or Capital

Ineligible: Fundraisers/sponsorships (instead, consider applying for the program for which you are raising funds), conferences, travel expenses, religious organizations for religious purposes
$7,500
Girls With GoalsPriorities: This fund supports nonprofit organizations working to empower girls ages K-8 in Iowa.

Eligible: Program, Capital or Sponsorship
Up to $1,000
GreatAmerica Financial Services CorporationEligible: Program, Capital or Sponsorship

Ineligible: Individual public schools, travel expenses, religious organizations for religious purposes
$9,000

Lil’ Drug Store ProductsPriorities: Projects within Cedar Rapids

Eligible: Program, Capital or Sponsorship
Up to $5,000
McGrath Automotive GroupPriorities: Children's needs

Eligible: Program, Capital or Sponsorship

Ineligible: Travel expenses, projects/organizations outside Linn County
$3,000
World Class IndustriesPriorities: Basic health and human services, classroom education for Iowa Core Standards, capital improvements to support program areas (please submit a program application for these improvements to provide context)

Eligible: Program

Ineligible: Fundraisers/sponsorships (instead, consider applying for the program for which you are raising funds), religious organizations for religious purposes
$500 to $10,000

Applications and Forms

The forms below are updated for each grant cycle. Please download new forms for each grant cycle to avoid using outdated versions.

Each category – program, capital, or sponsorship – has a unique set of questions within the application. To determine the correct category for your project or program, look at the questions on the following pages of the Competitive Donor-Advised Application and Scoring Criteria document:

  • Program questions begin on page 4
  • Capital questions begin on page 4
  • Sponsorship questions begin on page 5

If you have questions regarding the appropriate category, please contact the Program Officer prior to beginning work on your application.

Download 2024 Competitive Donor-Advised Application and Scoring Criteria
Download Competitive Donor-Advised Project Budget Form
Download Budget Explanation Key

Questions? Contact Us.

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Dylan Cooley, MFA
Content and Information Officer


  319.774.2376
  dylan.cooley@gcrcf.org

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