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What will the fund support?

The COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund will initially support the ability of our region’s nonprofit system to respond to the immediate health and economic impacts of this crisis. As the situation unfolds and we learn new information about needs in the community, these giving priorities will evolve.

Can individuals or businesses receive grants from the fund?

The Community Foundation only makes grant to support public, tax-exempt organizations as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or those organizations working with a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent who can receive funds on their behalf, and government entities. 

Is there a geographic area of focus for the fund?

Community Foundation COVID-19 Disaster Response Funds have been established in counties to support response and recovery efforts within that county. Only nonprofits providing services in communities within the county where the fund has been established will be considered for funding.

Who is giving guidance to grant decisions?

Grant decisions are being made by Community Foundation leadership, committee members, and other local leaders with knowledge of response efforts. This most often includes guidance and collaboration with local Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) committees or like groups directing response efforts.

How can our nonprofit organization receive funding?

The Black Hawk County COVID-19 Cooperative Fund utilizes a short online application process which can be found at The grant process for each of our affiliate COVID-19 Disaster Response Funds varies. County affiliates utilizing an online application process similar to Black Hawk County can be found on our Grant Opportunities webpage. These will only become active as funds become available. Other county affiliates are working directly with local disaster response organizations and community leaders to make decisions based on their knowledge of community/county need.

Funds across our region will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the COVID-19 disaster, making it possible to move resources quickly and to adapt to evolving needs in subsequent phases of the crisis recovery efforts.

Are you offering any flexibility for current grantees?

Any project-based grants that have been previously awarded but not yet fully spent may be used instead for general operating support. Nonprofits wishing to change the purpose of their grants should contact the Community Foundation programs department to discuss.

Where can my nonprofit find other COVID-19 resources?

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa has created a resource page on its website at It includes a wide variety of federal, state, and local links to help nonprofits navigate the pandemic and its impact.

How can I make a gift to support my local COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund?

Community Foundation COVID-19 Disaster Response Funds provides an opportunity for the public to give in response to the local aspects of the disaster with the reassurance their donations will be used to quickly move resources to where they are most needed and to adapt to evolving needs. A list of COVID-19 Disaster Response Funds can be found at Gifts can be made to the fund by clicking on the local fund you wish to support and then click the Give Today button. Gifts can also be directed to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, 3117 Greenhill Circle, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. Checks should be made out to the fund name you wish to support