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Black Hawk County Grants

Community Impact Grants are awarded throughout Black Hawk County from the unrestricted funds designated to improving the county. The CFNEIA distribution committee awards grants to create impact that addresses community and county needs.

Spring Cycle
Open: January 10
Application Due: April 1
Awarded in: June
Fall Cycle
Open: July 10
Application Due: October 1
Awarded in: January
How to Apply
  1. Review our Grant Guidelines to see if you qualify for this grant.
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  3. Log in to our online grant management system (or register if you don't already have an account). All open CFNEIA grants are listed in this system.
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  5. Find the grant you wish to apply for in the list to start your application. You can save your progress at any point and complete the application at a later date.

Click below to see a list of organizations and projects that received funding through each of the last two grant cycles.


  • SPRING 2018
    Organization NameProject NameProgram AreaGrant Amount
    Allen CollegeAllen College Engagement - Salvation Army Partnership (ACE-SAP) Free ClinicHealth$17,000.00
    Allen Memorial HospitalCommunity Health EducationHealth$15,000.00
    Art Acquisition/Maintenance FundArtwork Upkeep and MaintenanceArt and Culture$5,000.00
    ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding ProgramCamp HopeHuman Service$5,000.00
    Back to School ProjectBack to School ProjectEducation$6,000.00
    Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health CenterCommunity Health Education and SafetyHealth$4,954.00
    Boys and Girls Club of the Cedar ValleyProject LearnHuman Service$30,000.00
    Bringing Your Families to Christ MinistriesBringing Your Families To Christ MinistriesHuman Service$4,000.00
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of DubuqueImmigration Legal Services for Black Hawk CountyHuman Service$7,500.00
    Cedar Bend Humane SocietyDog Kennel Improvement ProjectCommunity Betterment$4,000.00
    Cedar Falls Community TheatreOn Goes The Show Capital Campaign; Sight, Stage, and Scenery UpgradeArt and Culture$8,000.00
    Cedar Falls Historical SocietyConnect and Protect: A New Education and Curatorial CenterHistoric Preservation$15,000.00
    Cedar Valley Bicycle CollectiveCedar Valley Bicycle CollectiveCommunity Betterment$6,000.00
    Cedar Valley Chamber MusicCedar Valley Chamber Music Festival 2018Art and Culture$6,476.00
    Cedar Valley Crime StoppersCedar Valley Crime StoppersCommunity Betterment$1,000.00
    Cedar Valley Preschool and Child Care CenterBuilding Bright Futures IIIEducation$5,000.00
    Children's Cancer ConnectionCamp Heart Connection Northern Iowa Camper ScholarshipsHuman Service$2,400.00
    Covenant FoundationTaking Care of Your Family from the BeginningHealth$5,000.00
    Covenant Medical CenterRSVP Primetime Program Education$7,000.00
    Friends of Hartman ReserveHartman Internship ProgramEnvironment$16,000.00
    Grout Museum DistrictMuseum SchoolEducation$10,000.00
    Iowa College Access NetworkBlack Hawk County FAFSA Challenge Education$5,000.00
    Iowa Food Bank AssociationSNAP Outreach in Black Hawk CountyHuman Service$4,000.00
    Iowa JAGiJAG: Transforming At-Risk Students into Future-Ready Graduates in WaterlooEducation$20,000.00
    Jesse Cosby Neighborhood CenterNo One With Out A Home (NOWOAH) - Youth Empowerment Services (Y.E.S.)Human Service$10,000.00
    Leader Valley FoundationLeader in Me Facilitator CertificationEducation$15,000.00
    Metropolitan Chorale2018-2019 concert seasonArt and Culture$2,000.00
    NAMI Black Hawk CountyServices for People with Mental Illness, their Families, Partners, and FriendsHealth$4,500.00
    The Nature Conservancy in IowaCedar Falls and Waterloo Wetland Restorations for Reduced Flood Risk and Improved Water QualityEnvironment$15,000.00
    The Salvation ArmySalvation Army Operational SupportHuman Service$18,000.00
    Tri-County Child & Family Development CouncilEagle's NestHuman Service$14,781.00
    UNI FoundationTo Touch the Moon: A Fully Inclusive Immersion Theatre Experience for Youth with AutismArt and Culture$3,000.00
    Waterloo Center for the ArtsPop-Up Cinema: Open Air Movies in the Cedar ValleyArt and Culture$7,000.00
    Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children's TheatreWaterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children's Theatre Season SupportArt and Culture$15,000.00
    Waterloo Community Schools FoundationMiddle School Career & Technical Education ExplorationEducation$10,000.00
    Western Home CommunitiesWestern Home Communities' Martin Health Center RenovationHealth$10,000.00
    TOTAL GRANT AMOUNT  $333,611.00
  • FALL 2018
    Organization NameProject NameProgram AreaGrant Amount
    Allen Memorial HospitalAllen Child Protection CenterHealth$10,000.00
    Cedar Valley Friends of the FamilyVictim ServicesHuman Service$20,000.00
    Cedar Valley HospicePeople Development System and Training LabHealth$5,000.00
    City of Waterloo2019 Ash Tree Replacement ProjectEnvironment$15,677.00
    EMBARCREACH | Refugee Empowered Access to Community HealthHuman Service$25,000.00
    Exceptional Persons, IncExceptional Persons Inc. Employment ServicesHuman Service$10,000.00
    Family & Children's CouncilParent Education Human Service$20,000.00
    Hawkeye Community CollegeHawkeye Community College Family Literacy ProgramEducation$15,000.00
    House of HopeHouse of HopeHuman Service$17,000.00
    Iowa Heartland Habitat for HumanityNeighborhood RevitalizationHuman Service$20,000.00
    Iowa Legal AidImproving Efficiencies Through TechnologyHuman Service$10,000.00
    Lutheran Services in IowaBlack Hawk County HOPESHuman Service$15,000.00
    North Star Community ServicesInclusion Through TheaterHuman Service$7,000.00
    Northeast Iowa Food BankProduce & Perishable DistributionHuman Service$22,000.00
    Operation ThresholdOT Refugee ServicesHuman Service$15,000.00
    Operation Threshold (fiscal sponsor for Cedar Valley Readers)Cedar Valley Readers Coalition BuildingEducation$10,000.00
    St. Paul's United Methodist ChurchCommunity CenterCommunity Betterment$7,000.00
    SuccessLinkSuccess Street CoordinatorHealth$15,000.00
    The Job FoundationFinancial Stewardship Mentoring ProgramEducation$9,000.00
    Volunteer Center of Cedar ValleyService-Learning: Engaging Youth in Service to the Cedar ValleyCommunity Betterment$6,000.00
    Waypoint ServicesWaypoint's Domestic Violence Victim Services ProgramHuman Service$8,000.00
    YWCA of Black Hawk CountyMulticultural ServicesHuman Service$25,000.00
    TOTAL GRANT AMOUNT  $306,667.00


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