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Over $312,700 Granted to Organizations Serving Black Hawk County

January 15, 2021

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA) announced the distribution of $312,743 in grants to 24 nonprofit organization projects serving Black Hawk County as part of its fall 2020 grant cycle.

“Nonprofits keep Black Hawk County strong by providing essential services. This has never been more evident than during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CFNEIA President and CEO Kaye Englin. “We are honored to partner with these amazing organizations, and we are thankful for our generous donors who make it possible for our Foundation to enrich our communities.”

Grant recipient organization, project the grant will fund and grant amount are listed below by funding area.

Art and Culture

  • City of Cedar Falls, River Place Plaza Public Art Project, $5,000
  • North Star Community Services, Act-Ability Inclusive Theater Project, $7,000

Community Betterment

  • Community Education Outreach, The Cedar Valley Minority Business & Entrepreneurship Accelerator, $5,000
  • Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, Service-Learning: Engaging Youth in Service to the Cedar Valley, $6,000


  • Cedar Falls Schools Foundation, connect>CF, $5,625
  • Hawkeye Community College Foundation, Hawkeye Community College Family Literacy Program, $15,000


  • Black Hawk County, Strengthening Agency Capacity and Readiness for COVID-19, $8,618
  • Cedar Valley Hospice, New Hospice Support Center, $20,000
  • Comprehensive Systems, Replace Old, Well Used Hospital Beds For Those We Serve, $5,000
  • UnityPoint Health - Allen Memorial Hospital, Allen Child Protection Center, $25,000
  • Main Street Waterloo, Increase Access to Fresh Produce at the Waterloo Urban Farmers Market, $5,000

Human Service

  • Back 2 Basics Fund, Youth Empowerment Program, $5,000
  • Bringing Your Families to Christ Ministries, Bring Your Family To Christ Ministries, $5,000
  • House of Hope, Case Management, $10,000
  • EMBARC, Youth Navigator Recovery and Resiliency Project, $15,000
  • Exceptional Persons Inc., EPI's Employment Services, $15,000
  • Family & Children's Council of Black Hawk County, Parent Education, $15,000
  • Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Operations Funding - Black Hawk County, $30,000
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa, Black Hawk County HOPES, $15,000
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank, General Operations - Black Hawk County, $40,000
  • Operation Threshold, OT Refugee Services, $20,000
  • Try Pie, Try Pie Bakery Operating Support, $10,000
  • Waypoint Services, Waypoint Domestic Violence Safety Net Project, $8,000
  • YWCA of Black Hawk County, Multicultural Services, $17,500

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. Committee members include: Jack Aschenbrenner, Stacie Brass, Joyce Coil, Ken Cutts, Kaye Englin, Susan Entriken, Andrew Finnegan, Rudy Jones, Sharina Sallis, Jeff Seamans, Scott Sernett, Angela Waseskuk, Sherman Wise and ReShonda Young.

The Community Foundation has a fall and spring grant cycle for Black Hawk County. The spring 2021 grant cycle is now open with an application deadline of April 1. Grants are awarded to projects in the program areas of: arts and culture, community betterment, education and youth development, environment and animal welfare, health, and human service. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization or government entity serving Black Hawk County in order to be considered for funding.

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