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Endowment Challenge Grant

Grants to Iowa Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to Create
Sustainable Organizational Funding Mechanisms

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (GCRCF)

Deadline Date:

07/01/21 4:30 PM CST


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to create long-term, sustainable organizational funding mechanisms. The goal of the program is to invest in the future and mission of local nonprofits. Eligible applicants are based in and serve residents of Linn County.

Endowment Challenge grants are matching grants supporting nonprofit organizations in building endowments in Linn County. Nonprofit endowment funds invest 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.

Endowment-Building Options - The following endowment options are available to a nonprofit organization through the Community Foundation:

  • Agency Fund – Endowment established and funded by the nonprofit organization, which retains ownership.
  • Agency Friends Fund – Endowment funded by donors eligible for Endow Iowa tax credit. Due to Endow Iowa regulations, the fund is permanent and owned by the Community Foundation. The Endowment Challenge Grant Fund is an Agency Friends Fund.
  • Named Endowed Designated Fund – Designated Endowment established by high-level Endowment Challenge donors.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145442

Estimated Size of Grant:

In the Endowment Challenge match, the Community Foundation will contribute $1 for every $3 raised by the grantee up to a Community Foundation maximum of $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Organizations have five years to meet the match.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 agency 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

Pre-Application Information:

- Grant Portal Opens: June 1
- Deadline: July 1, 4:30 PM CST
- Notifications Sent: August 26

How to Apply:
Funding Opportunities:

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

For questions, contact:
Rochelle Naylor, Program Officer

Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
324 3rd St. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

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