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CFJC: Emergency Response Fund

Community Foundation of Johnson County

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Johnson County, Iowa

Location of residency: Johnson County, Iowa

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NOTE: The Emergency Response Grant Cycle is currently closed. 

The Community Foundation of Johnson County has activated our emergency response fund for the community’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. This fund was established with a commitment of $25,000 from the Community Foundation of Johnson County.


The Emergency Response Fund will provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations in Johnson County working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

Businesses and individuals can make gifts to this fund, which will be pooled together to amplify our collective impact.

“We know Johnson County residents are feeling the impacts of this pandemic with much more disruption yet to come,” said Shelly Maharry, executive director of the Community Foundation of Johnson County. “We are grateful to the donors who have joined with us in supporting the needs of our communities at this time.”

The Community Foundation will administer grants from the Emergency Response Fund to support nonprofit and local agencies working on the frontlines supporting Johnson County’s needs during this pandemic. Funds will be released on a rolling basis and our fundraising efforts will continue throughout the peak outbreak and recovery phases, making it possible to grant funds quickly and flexibly to adapt to evolving needs.


The Community Foundation of Johnson County Emergency Response Grants Program will support nonprofit organizations, schools, or units of government serving Johnson County residents who are experiencing increased demand for their services and/or have had their operations adversely impacted by the COVID-19 (corona virus) pandemic. Given the unique nature of this unprecedented event, grant applications that focus on immediate needs will be prioritized.

Available Funding

In this unprecedented situation, we must all be flexible to respond as needed within the resources we have to offer. We will set no maximum grant amount. However, to allow consistent comparisons, applicants must be specific about the amount requested within a time frame of what is needed over the next six weeks from the date of their application.

Given the ever-changing nature of this pandemic, organizations will be allowed to submit multiple requests, as new needs arise during our rolling application period.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Nonprofit organizations, schools, or units of government located in or significantly serving Johnson County.
  • Demonstrate an immediate need for funding due to the pandemic and/or the impacts following public health recommendations to promote staff and visitor/client health and wellbeing.
    • Continuity of operations support due to increased expenses or decreased revenue;
    • Providing new, increased, or changed support to affected people, organizations, businesses, or communities
  • Organizations must comply with our Nondiscrimination and Diversity Policy.
  • If funding allows, requests for support of mid-to-long term recovery and rebuilding efforts after COVID-19 will be considered later.


  • Grants cannot be made to individuals;
    • aid to individuals will be done through nonprofit organizations with established processes for determining need.