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Organizational Development Fund

Grants to Linn County, Iowa Nonprofits for
Organizational Capacity Building Initiatives

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 for capacity-building projects that develop strategies, structures, skills, and systems. Applicants should contact the Foundation three to six weeks before applying. Funding is not intended to assist with the construction of new facilities or renovation of existing facilities.

Project Requirements:

- Staff costs must be less than 50% of the total project budget.
- Projects involving either Legal Resources or Information Technology must be directly related to another Capacity type.

Types of Organizational Capacities:

- Mission, Vision, Strategy, and Planning
- Management Team Leadership
- Board Leadership
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Program Design and Evaluation
- Human Resources Management
- Legal Resources
- Financial Management
- Fund Development
- Marketing, Communications, and External Relations
- Information Technology
- Collaboration

Where a nonprofit organization needs to build capacity depends on many factors, including its age, operating budget, program model(s), and revenue base.

How does an organization determine priorities in building its capacity? Update or development of an organization’s strategic plan includes some degree of organizational assessment within the process, but more formal organizational assessment may also be appropriate. Please click here for a list of organizational assessment tools:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169687

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum request amount is based on organizational age and size, as follows:

Organizations that are over two years old and over seven years old:

- Organizational Budget of $0-$100K: Maximum Award: $7,500
- Organizational Budget of $100K-$175K: Maximum Award: $12,000
- Organizational Budget of $750K+: Maximum Award: $15,000

Term of Contract:

The duration of the grant is twelve months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organization Eligibility:

- The Organizational Development Fund accepts applications from nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status in Linn County that have been fully operational for two years or longer and with operating budgets less than $50M.
- An organization providing services outside Linn County may apply for the Linn County portion of the project cost.

Ineligible Activities:

- Fundraising events and activities
- Program-specific staff training
- Staff salary costs except when costs are directly related to project implementation
- Religious organizations for religious purposes or for efforts supporting their core religious mission
- Expenses that have occurred or will occur during the grant review process

These grants do not assist with construction of new facilities or renovation of existing facilities.

Organizations that are less than two years old are not eligible.

Low Priority Activities:

- Travel out of the region

Pre-Application Information:

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.

Deadlines are February 15, June 15, and October 12 at 4:30 p.m. CST.

How to apply:

Application tutorial:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Staff Contact:

Rochelle Naylor, Program Officer
Phone: 319-774-2373

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Linn County