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Program Fund

Grants to Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies for Programs
that Enhance the Quality of Life in Linn County

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (GCRCF)

Deadline Date:

10/12/18 4:30 PM CST


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Grants to Linn County, Iowa nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs to improve the quality of life for local residents. Funding may be requested to sustain existing programs or to implement new and novel programs. Funding is intended to support programmatic work rather than capital infrastructure projects. However, grants may be used for historic preservation projects that aim to restore cultural and natural resources.

Awards are not intended to replace public dollars, but may be used to supplement public funding for specific initiatives.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145441

Estimated Size of Grant:

Multi-year grants may not exceed $60,000 over the duration of the request. For example, a three-year request is limited to $20,000/year.

The Community Foundation does not generally fund more than 20% of an organization’s budget.

New initiatives are always limited to a maximum of $15,000.

Maximum grant award amount is determined according to organizational age and size:

Organizations less than 2 years old:
-Budget of $0 - $100K: Maximum award of $10,000
-Budget of $100K - $750K: Maximum award of $15,000
-Budget of $750K: Generally not applicable to new organizations

Organizations of 2+ years:
-Budget of $0 - $100K: Maximum award of $15,000 per year
-Budget of $100K - $750K: Maximum award of $30,000 per year
-Budget of $750K: Maximum award of $30,000 per year

Organizations of 7+ years:
-Budget of $0 - $100K: Maximum award of $15,000 per year
-Budget of $100K - $750K: Maximum award of $30,000 per year
-Budget of $750K: Maximum award of $30,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Organizations less than 2 years old may receive a maximum grant duration of 12 months.

Organizations of 2+ years may receive a maximum grant duration of 24 months.

Organizations of 7+ years may receive a maximum grant duration of 36 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

-Multiple organizations may submit a joint application for a collaborative project. Contact a program officer to discuss.

Ineligible Activities:
-Fundraising events and activities
-Religious activities: contact program officer for clarification
-Scholarships for primary and secondary education and post-secondary degree programs
-Expenses for projects and programs that have already occurred or will occur during the grant review process

Low Priority Activities:
-Travel out of the region

Pre-Application Information:

The deadlines for Program Fund applications are February 15, June 15, and October 13. All deadlines are at 4:30 PM CST.

How to Apply
1. Determine Eligibility
Talk to a Program Officer – The Grant Program Officers at the Community Foundation are always eager to meet with grant applicants to discuss proposals before you formally submit them for consideration. Please contact the Foundation at least three to six weeks prior to the grant deadline to allow time for scheduling, review of the proposal and discussion/feedback.

NOTE: The Foundation encourages you to talk to a Program Officer before starting to work on your application to prevent ineligible applications and extra work.

2. Request grant portal access:
In order to complete the online application process, nonprofits must select one person to act as the grant administrator for the organization. To request a grant administrator, the organization leader (president, CEO, executive director or board president) must send an email to the Foundation with the first and last name, title and email address of the appointed person. Within two business days, the grant team will email both the grant administrator and the organizational leader with a username and password. Note: Organizations will not have access to the online application portal until they have received this username and password.

3. 3. Login and complete the online grant application.

How to Apply:
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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email to request a grant administrator to receive a username and password:

Apply Online:

Elizabeth Cwik, Program Officer

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Linn County