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Supporting Our Communities and Nonprofit Partners

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is working to support nonprofits and those they serve, especially the most vulnerable populations, during the COVID-19 pandemic. This virus will undoubtably have a long-lasting impact across our 20-county region and we are here to be part of the response efforts today and recovery efforts moving forward. Responding to a disaster like this can only be done together. Generosity during times of crisis is essential. If you are able, please contribute to one of our disaster resonse funds, and please remember to continue to support the nonprofits you care about during this time. The immediate needs of organizations serving people impacted only grow each day, and the long-term economic impact will affect all nonprofits. Thank you to everyone serving on the front lines providing essential services during this time, we are thinking of you. To everyone, please stay safe and do what you can to keep others safe and our communities healthy and thriving.


Funds to support local response efforts have been established in many counties across our region. Online donations can be made or fundholders can grant from their charitable fund.

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Grant funds are available for nonprofits serving those impacted by this pandemic. These grants will become available as funds are raised across our region.

Find Local Response Grant Opportunities

Grants Awarded to Support Black Hawk County Nonprofits Responding to COVID-19 

The Black Hawk COVID-19 Cooperative Disaster Response Fund was established to support nonprofits serving Black Hawk County that are providing basic needs services and/or working with individuals and families who have been disproportionately impacted by the public health and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Click below to see a list of grants made through the generosity of local funders, businesses, families, and individuals. 

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Changes to Grantmaking Made to Support Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

Because of the impacts the coronavirus outbreak is having on the nonprofit sector, we are working on ways to continue and even strengthen our support of the nonprofits serving our 20-county region. To help lessen the stress and burden on our nonprofit partners and to better support current and future needs in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have implemented specific grantmaking strategies. 

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COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund Created to Provide Funding in Black Hawk County

A collaborative of Black Hawk County funders has established a fund to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the county. The Black Hawk County COVID-19 Cooperative Disaster Response Fund has been established as a fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA). As communities and nonprofits serving the county’s most vulnerable populations face increasing challenges, the unrestricted fund will provide a flexible, responsive funding source.

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CFNEIA Affiliates Establish COVID-19  Disaster Response Funds

Affiliate foundations of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa are responding to the need across northeast Iowa due to the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing a COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund in their county. Click below to see a full list of disaster response funds and response partnerships in our region.

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CFNEIA Staff Available During Crisis

While our physical office is closed to the public we are still working to respond to this crisis and serve our partners and communities. Most CFNEIA staff are currently working remotely but continue to be available for our partners through their office phone number and emails during normal business hours. We also continue to process donations to our charitable funds and grants to our nonprofit partners. All CFNEIA and affiliate events through April 30 have been cancelled or postponed and we continue to assess other upcoming events.