September 2020
COVID and Derecho Response and Recovery
Thank you for your thoughtful responses to our July request for information about virtual learning. We return to virtual peer groups in September and look forward to the opportunity to plan additional virtual learning events in the future.
Like most Linn County-based nonprofits, our plans have been greatly affected by the derecho storm that hit our region on August 10, 2020. Our staff has been working hard to secure donations, provide rapid response grants to help nonprofits meet immediate human needs, and plan for long term recovery.
As we move into yet more uncertainty in 2020, the Nonprofit Network and Community Foundation team are committed to supporting our nonprofit community. Please be in touch!

Stay safe, be well, and as always, stay connected,
Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Manager
319-774-2375 (work voice mail)
319-360-3950 (mobile)
News for Nonprofits
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Grant Cycle Update
The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation continues to adapt its funding to meet the needs of the nonprofit sector as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and now most recently the derecho storm recovery. The fall grant cycle deadline has been adjusted to Thursday, October 1, at 4:30 p.m. CST (from its previous September 18 date) to allow nonprofit organizations additional time to assess needs and complete appplications in the wake of derecho. The online grant portal will open this week. Grant applications should be submitted online at For more information about the Funds for the Community Cycle 3 priorities click here.

Additionally, decisions regarding summer grant awards for the Community Foundation's Funds for the Community Cycle 2 and the Endowment Challenge Fund have been moved from August 27, 2020 to September 10, 2020
City of Cedar Rapids Storm Loss Questionnaire
The City of Cedar Rapids is asking area businesses, including nonprofits, to complete a brief storm loss questionnaire regarding the derecho storm on August 10, 2020. The questionnaire is designed to help city staff identify need in the recovery process. Businesses/nonprofits can complete the questionnaire here now or in the weeks ahead as information becomes available. The survey link will be available here until 5 p.m. on September 30, 2020.

New Competitive Grant Opportunity at Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation announces a new addition to its competitive grantmaking funds. The Cedar Grove Signature Fund, established by an anonymous donor, will accept its first round of applications on Thursday, October 1, 2020, by 4:30 p.m. CST. For more information, click here.

Derecho Storm Nonprofit News Briefs and Resources
  • The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Disaster Recovery Fund application process has been announced to support unmet human needs resulting from the derecho storm including coordination of assistance to individuals and families and programs and serviced related to recovery. The Disaster Recovery Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations to meet basic needs of our most vulnerable populations, as well as long-term recovery needs as funding is available. Find the details here. Email with any questions.
  • Linn Area Partners Active In DIsaster Resources for the derecho storm here.
COVID-19 Nonprofit News Briefs, Alerts, and Helpful Articles
Training Opportunities
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Executive Director
Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 12 p.m.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12 p.m.

Thursday, September 17, 2020, 12 p.m.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 12 p.m.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 12 p.m.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Cost: $45
More information here. Registration information here.

Tuesday, October 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $25 non-member, members free.
More information and register here.
When we receive job openings from local nonprofits, we post them on the Nonprofit Network LinkedIn page.
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