Grant Information

The Community Foundation of Cedar County is here to help our community's charitable projects and programs contribute to the quality of life in our area. One of the ways that is done is through grantmaking. 
 
PURPOSE
Founded in 2005, the Community Foundation of Cedar County annually distributes funds from its endowment earnings to numerous area non-profit organizations to fulfill our mission, "To enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve by encouraging permanent charitable giving to meet the needs of present and future generations." The Community Foundation has a broad, flexible purpose providing support to a wide variety of non-profit organizations.  Since its inception, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in Cedar County.
 
ELIGIBILITY
The Community Foundation of Cedar County makes grants only to non-profit organizations preferably with 501(c)(3) status or qualified governmental agencies.  Grants are not awarded in the following areas: annual fund raising, organizational endowment funds, deficit financing, grants to individuals, or for sectarian purposes. This spring, grants are available up to $7,500. Extraordinary amounts may be given if an exceptional need is seen by the Foundation. If funds are available, the Foundation may choose to initiate a matching funds grant program in the fall.  Only one project per organization, or another organization if the project benefits a common project or entity, will be considered during any given grant cycle.  The Final Report for any previous grant from an organization, or another organization if the new project benefits a common project or entity, must be accepted prior to submitting a new grant application.  
 
TIMELINE
Applications and accompanying materials for the spring grant cycle are due on or before February 15 of each year. If offered, applications and accompanying materials for the fall matching funds grant cycle are due on or before September 15 of each year.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Grant recipients are required to file a "Final Report" by July 1 of the following year for the spring grant cycle and December 1 of the following year for the fall matching funds grant cycle.  
 
APPLICATION PROCESS
The Community Foundation of Cedar County uses an electronic grant submission system. Online submissions only will be accepted. Before accessing the online application system, please review the Online Tutorial Document.  Click here to access the online application. 
 
AWARDS
Grant awards for the spring grant cycle are typicallly announced in April and grant awards for the fall cycle are usually announced in November.  When a grant payment is made, the organization is obligated to use it for the exact purpose given in the application.  Projects may not be altered or downsized from what was proposed in the application, even if the request was not fully funded.  This may require an organization to do additional fundraising.  
 
FINAL REPORT INFORMATION
Organizations that receive grant awards from the Community Foundation of Cedar County are required to complete a final report describing use of the funds, including copies of invoices paid as part of the prject, and photos.  The Final Report is completed using the online application system.  For instructions on how to access the final report, click here.  
 
We invite grant recipients to share their stories and successes with us; we would love to hear about the impact that the grant funds have had in helping you achieve your charitable mission. 

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