GCRCF: Organizational Development Fund Grant

Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $15,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 12, 2020 2:30pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 18, 2020 2:30pm PDT, Feb 14, 2021 2:30pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: Linn County, Iowa

Location of residency: Linn County, Iowa

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About this funder:



The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation invests in local nonprofit organizations that contribute to improving the quality of life in our community. Our grants support innovation, sustainability and capacity building.

Organizational Development Fund


The Organizational Development Fund supports nonprofit organizations in building their capacity in Linn County, Iowa.

  • This fund supports projects that build the organization’s capacities by developing strategies, systems, structures, and skills.
  • It does not assist with construction of new facilities or renovation of existing facilities.

Types of Organizational Capacities

  • Mission, Vision, Strategy, and Planning
  • Management Team Leadership
  • Board Leadership
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Program Design and Evaluation
  • Human Resources Management
  • Legal Resources
  • Financial Management
  • Fund Development
  • Marketing, Communications, and External Relations
  • Information Technology
  • Collaboration
Where a nonprofit organization needs to build capacity depends on many factors, including its age, operating budget, program model(s), and revenue base.

How does an organization determine priorities in building its capacity? Update or development of an organization’s strategic plan includes some degree of organizational assessment within the process, but more formal organizational assessment may also be appropriate. 

Maximum Request Amount and Duration of Grant
The Grant Opportunity Chart outlines award ranges and durations which vary based on organization age and budget size. The chart also provides information regarding frequency of application limitations.

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


  • The Organizational Development Fund accepts applications from nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status in Linn County that have been fully operational for two years or longer and with operating budgets less than $50M.
  • An organization providing services outside Linn County may apply for the Linn County portion of the project cost.
  • Project Requirements:
    • Staff costs must be less than 50% of the total project budget.
    • Projects involving either Legal Resources or Information Technology must be directly related to another Capacity type.


  • Ineligible Activities:
    • Fundraising events and activities
    • Program-specific staff training
    • Staff salary costs except when costs are directly related to project implementation
    • Religious activities or efforts supporting an organization’s core religious mission
    • Expenses that have occurred or will occur during the grant review process
  • Low Priority Activities:
    • Travel out of the region