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Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa awards $442,452 in grants to local organizations

June 29, 2017

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa awards $442,452 in grants to local organizations

 June 27, 2017 - The Community Foundation of Northeast held its Spring 2017 grant cycle awards ceremony on June 27, announcing the distribution of $442,452 in grants to 46 nonprofit and government entity projects serving Black Hawk County.

“The work these deserving organizations do to create a stronger county is critical to making our communities places where everyone can thrive,” said CFNEIA President and CEO Kaye Englin. “The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is proud to be a partner in their work, and we are thankful for the generosity of community-minded people who make this impact possible.”

Grant recipients and the project the grant will fund are listed below by funding areas.

Art and Culture:

  • Bel Canto Cedar Valley, Bel Canto Cedar Valley Creative Collaboration Project
  • Bosnian Cultural Foundation – KUD Kolo, 2017 Teferic Festival
  • Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, Mowing and Utility Equipment Upgrade
  • Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, Shall We Dance? 2017 Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival
  • North End Cultural Center, North End Arts and Music Fest
  • Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, wcfsymphony Annual Youth Concerts

Community Betterment: 

  • Cedar Valley Bicycle Collective, Cedar Valley Bicycle Collective
  • City of Evansdale, Angels Park (Meyers Lake) Bridge Project
  • City of La Porte City, Hawkins Memorial Library Workroom Upper Cupboard Project
  • Community Services Building, Community Building Exterior Sign
  • Sturgis Falls Celebration, Kidsway Tent


  • Back to School Project, Back to School Project
  • Black Hawk County ISU Extension, Juntos (Together for a Better Education)
  • Cedar Valley Catholic Schools, English Language Learners
  • Hawkeye Community College, Hawkeye Community College Family Literacy Program
  • Iowa College Access Network , Black Hawk County FAFSA Challenge
  • Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (I-JAG), iJAG: Engaging, Educating and Empowering Students in Waterloo


  • Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project, Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project
  • Friends of Hartman Reserve, Kids in Kayaks: Watershed Education


  • Allen College, ACE-SAP Free Clinic
  • Allen Hospital/Unity Point Health, Community Health Education
  • Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center, Mental Health Technology for Youth with Mental Health Issues
  • Covenant Foundation, Covenant Foundation Annual Campaign "Building on a Tradition -- Cancer Care Close to Home"
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Black Hawk County, Services for People with Mental Illness and their Families
  • Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Preventive Sexual Health Services
  • YMCA of Black Hawk County, YMCA Pool Liner Replacement

Historic Preservation:

  • City of Hudson, Restoration of Historial Train Depot

Human Service: 

  • Amani Community Services, Queens of Color "It's time to love ourselves"
  • ARC of Cedar Valley, Adaptive Recreation
  • ASPIRE-TRP, Camp Hope
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley, Spark:Igniting Youth Success
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Immigration Legal Services for Black Hawk County
  • Cedar Valley Preschool and Child Care Center, Building Bright Futures for Preschoolers II
  • Children's Cancer Connection, Camp Heart Connection Camper Scholarships
  • Eye of the Needle, Higher, Higher
  • Family Management Financial Solutions, Technology for Financial & Housing Services
  • Grin and Grow, Gap Schloraships for Low-Income and At-Risk Children
  • Iowa Food Bank Association, SNAP Outreach in Black Hawk County
  • Jesse Cosby Neighborhood Center, No One Without A Home
  • Love Inc. of the Cedar Valley, Apricot Database
  • North Star Community Services, Creating a Multi-Sensory Environment Project
  • Pathways Behavioral Services, Overdose Prevention-Reducing Opioid and other Substance-related Death
  • Say Yes, Inc. Charitable Fund, SaYes2 Waterloo Youth Voices
  • Tri-County Child and Family Development Council, Tri-County Operation Resilience: Head Start Classroom Capacity Building
  • Waterloo Housing Trust Fund, Community Match for Waterloo Housing Trust Fund
  • Waterloo Rotary: Operation Warmth Fund, Operation Warm


Grants are awarded through CFNEIA’s competitive grant process. Decisions on grant awards are determined by CFNEIA’s grant distribution committee, which consists of volunteers from Black Hawk County. Grants are awarded to projects in the program areas of: art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization (or government entity) serving Blackhawk County in order to be considered for funding.

The Foundation has a fall and spring grant cycle for Black Hawk County. The 2017 fall grant cycle will open July 10.  Grant guidelines and applications can be found at

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