Grants

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We are committed to staying engaged with the work of our local nonprofits and the needs of our neighbors so we can connect donors to the causes that matter. Our grant funding has supported young nonprofits as they get off the ground and those who are well-established prepare for the future.

Schedule a meeting with Program Manager Paige Price

We would love to get to know you and learn more about what your nonprofit is doing to serve Waterloo!

Paige Price

Program Manager

Grant Opportunities

We are seeking grant proposals from qualified organizations for projects or programs that benefit the community of Waterloo and, in limited situations, its vicinity. Grant proposals must detail how funds will improve and benefit our community in one of four areas: health and human services, arts and culture, education, or economic development.

Grant applications will be accepted Aug. 29 – Oct. 6, 2022. 

2021 Grant Recipients

We awarded $30,000 in grant funding in 2021.

Boys and Girls Club – Group Mentoring Program 

The Passport to Manhood and SMART Girls group mentoring programs offer students ages 12 and up opportunities to participate in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership, positive behavior, self-esteem, and health.  

Riverview Center – Waterloo Crisis Intervention Program 

Riverview Center offers free and confidential services to survivors of sexual violence. Their Crisis Response Program provides basic needs assistance for survivors, including replacement clothing at the hospital, transportation, temporary housing, and advocacy with community agencies. They also provide a 24-Hour Crisis Helpline and counseling services. 

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony – Evolution of African American Music Concert and Residencies 

The Evolution of African American Music will engage Chicago-based singer and historian Bruce Henry to conduct his educational program in Waterloo schools. The Evolution provides an overview of African American music from 1619 to contemporary music trends and lays out the connection between music, culture, and our country’s history. The series will end with a concert open to the public featuring Felicia Smith-Nalls and the Symphony. 

Leader Valley – Lincoln Elementary Leader in Me 

Leader in Me is a school-based initiative that uses “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey to help students develop skills needed to be successful community leaders: work ethic, time management, teamwork, responsibility, communication, and more. The curriculum will be implemented with teachers and students at Lincoln Elementary School in the 2022-2023 school year. 

North End Update – “Ms. Rocki n Chaveevah LIVE” show 

“Ms. Rocki n Chaveevah LIVE” is a weekly social media broadcast that highlights the events and people of Waterloo with a focus on the North End. The show is featured on Facebook, YouTube, and community access WCT channel 17. 

One City United – Momentum Program 

Momentum is a six-week workforce development and life skills program that equips individuals to overcome significant barriers to employment through classes, support services, and partnerships with area agencies and organizations.  

Past Grant Recipients

  • Allen College, ACE-SAP Free Clinic
  • Back to Basics, Youth Empowerment Program
  • Grin and Grow, Child Care for Single Moms
  • Grout Museum, Engagement and Isolation Relief for Seniors
  • North Star, “Act-Ability” Inclusive Theatre Project
  • EMBARC, Community Producers Program
  • Eye of the Needle, Here We Go Again, with Enthusiasm
  • Try Pie, Try Pie Food Truck
  • Waterloo Youth City Council, Start Up and One Time Cost
  • Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, July 4th Concert at Riverloop Amphitheater Black Hawk County Sheriff, LOST Program (Loved Ones Safe Together)
  • Boys and Girls Club, Together We Can Capital Campaign
  • Eye of the Needle, Bringing It All Together Again
  • Hawkeye Community College, Cedar Valley Health Summit
  • Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity
  • Eye of the Needle, Mobility Increases My Ability
  • Silos and Smokestacks, Promoting Agri-Tourist
  • Together for Youth, Health Education in the Waterloo Community School District Black Hawk Children’s Theatre, Waterloo Schools Theatre Field Trips Koats4Kids, Koats4Kids Program
  • North Star, Project “Inter-ACT-ion” Inclusive Community Theatre
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Local Produce Purchasing Pilot Project
  • Quota International, Cops ‘N Kids Literacy Program