Community Foundation of Cedar County

A component fund of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, the Community Foundation of Cedar County (Iowa) was established in February 2005.  The Community Foundation of Cedar County is a charitable foundation created by and for the citizens of Cedar County, Iowa. We are here to help donors make a positive, local impact by offering a variety of giving tools to help people achieve their charitable giving goals and do good work in our communities that lasts forever.



Grant Application Deadline February 15, 2018

(December 1, 2017) All area non-profits are encouraged to apply for a portion of nearly $100,000 in grant funding to be awarded by the Community Foundation of Cedar County (CFCC). Grants are available for up to $7,500 per organization.  The grants will be awarded during the regular spring grant cycle with funds CFCC has received from the Iowa Economic Development Authority County Endowment Fund program. The deadline to submit an application for 2018 funding is February 15.

The grant guidelines and application are available online here. An online application can be accessed by clicking the “Apply for a Grant” button. Completed final report forms for previous grantees must be on file in order for an organization to submit a new grant request.

Applications may be submitted electronically through the website using the online grants management system. Applicants that have not previously used the online system will need to create an online account before filing an application. A tutorial document is posted on the website showing the steps necessary to create the account and complete the application. Applications will only be accepted through the online application system. Applicants are encouraged to register and start the application process well in advance of the February 15 deadline to ensure timely submission.

The statewide County Endowment Fund program has distributed approximately $11.3 million to 85 community foundations and/or their affiliate foundations throughout Iowa. Funding for the program is made possible through state gambling revenues and is intended for distribution to counties without gaming licenses.



(October 30, 2017) Cedar County Freedom Rock and City of Clarence are each recipients of $10,000 matching funds grants sponsored by the Community Foundation of Cedar County (CFCC).

Cedar County will soon have its own Freedom Rock and be part of the Freedom Rock Tour of all 99 counties in Iowa. Cedar County’s rock will be located on the Courthouse lawn and it will be painted to pay tribute to veterans and current military personnel. The project is slated to be completed in the summer of 2019 or 2020. Cedar County Freedom Rock is a volunteer committee of the Cedar County Historical Society. The group is raising funds to move and install the rock, landscape the monument and establish a perpetual fund to cover future care of the memorial.

The City of Clarence plans to construct a splash pad water feature at the city park. The splash pad will offer a summer recreational activity for area children of all ages. The project has financial support from the city and local donors. The splash pad is slated for completion in 2018.

The Community Foundation of Cedar County typically awards grants up to $7,500 each in the spring. More than $95,000 was awarded to Cedar County organizations in early 2017. Remaining funds allowed the CFCC to make an additional impact by promoting two projects valued at $20,000 or more each. Since the CFCC made its first grant awards in 2006, nearly $1,056,000 has been awarded to area organizations.


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