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Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Grants $320,900 to Local Organizations

June 23, 2021

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA) announced today the distribution of $320,900 in grants to 24 nonprofit organizations serving Black Hawk County as part of its spring 2021 grant cycle.

“Our nonprofit partners are essential in making our communities stronger for everyone. The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is pleased to be able to award grant support to these organizations providing critical services and programming that creates a more vibrant Black Hawk County,” said Kaye Englin, CFNEIA President and CEO.

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

Arts & Culture

  • Cedar Valley Chamber Music, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival 2021: "Without Music...", $7,000
  • Metropolitan Chorale, 2021-2022 Rebuilding Season, $5,000
  • North End Cultural Center, Hip Hop Summer Literacy Program, $5,000
  • Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children's Theatre, Operating Support 2021-2022, $15,000
  • Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Operating Support, $15,000
  • Youth Art Team, High Stakes, $10,000

Community Betterment

  • Link Christian Development, Walnut Neighborhood Tree Planting Phase 1, $11,100

Education & Youth Development

  • Cedar Valley Preschool and Child Care Center, Building Bright Futures VI, $15,000
  • Grin and Grow, Child Care for the Working Poor and At-Risk Families, $25,000
  • Hawkeye Community College Foundation, WE Build Waterloo, $20,000
  • Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (iJAG), iJAG: Creating Inclusive Career Pathways for Underserved Waterloo Youth, $10,000
  • The Job Foundation, Financial Stewardship Mentoring Program, $5,000


  • Allen College, Allen College Engagement - Salvation Army Partnership (ACE-SAP) Free Clinic, $19,800
  • Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center, Trauma, Diversity and Inclusion Training, $11,500
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Black Hawk County, Services for People with Mental Illness, their Families, Partners and Friends, $5,000
  • Peoples Community Health Clinic, Support the Mission - Peoples Clinic Capital Campaign, $25,000
  • SuccessLink, SuccessLink, $10,000

Human Service

  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Immigration Legal Services, $20,000
  • Iowa Food Bank Association, SNAP Outreach, $5,000
  • Iowa Legal Aid, Civil Legal Services to Stabilize Low-Income Residents During & Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic, $20,000
  • Jesse Cosby Center, Jesse Cosby Center Community Development Project, $25,000
  • Riverview Center, Crisis Response Program, $5,000
  • Salvation Army – Waterloo, The Salvation Army Non-religious Operating Expenses, $25,000
  • Waterloo Rotary: Operation Warm Fund, Operation Warm, $6,500

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, Sharina Sallis, Jeffrey Seamans, Halkeno Tura, Eashaan Vajpeyi, Sherman Wise and ReShonda Young.

Grants are awarded for general operating support or 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.

The Community Foundation has a fall and spring grant cycle for Black Hawk County. The fall 2021 grant cycle opens July 10 with an application deadline of October 1. Grant guidelines and applications can be found at

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