The Waterloo Community Foundation (WCF) has awarded grants to local non-profits in Waterloo through a competitive grant process.  Each award aligns with the Foundation’s mission to contribute resources for the betterment of the greater Waterloo, Iowa community and its citizens.

2021 recipients include:

Grout Museum:  Using the museum’s many collections, artifacts, and photographs, educational videos and virtual tours will be developed for senior audiences, particularly those in nursing homes and senior centers.  Farmers of Iowa, Waterloo history, and toys of time past will be the initial launch.

Grin and Grow:  The lack of quality, affordable child care is a barrier for low-income, female-headed families seeking employment or training and the dream of increasing their economic security.  In partnership with the Iowa Women’s Foundation, this award removes child care as a barrier for 12 single parent families for an entire year.

Allen College:  For 12 years, Allen College has operated ACE-SAP Free Health Clinic at the Salvation Army on Franklin Street in Waterloo, serving low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals.  This new medical dental collaboration is expected to serve 300 indivduals with basic dental care, begining in 2021.

North Star:  This inclusive theater project is set to take the stage in June 2021 at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.  This  special opportunity for 125+ people with disabilities brings  together staff and community volunteers to present a quality piece of live theater for the public stage.  Project “Act-Ability” demonstrates that live theatre “turns disability into ability”!

Back to Basics:  This Youth Empowerment Program believes in developing the competiences and skills of African American youth for overall wellness, work and adult life.  By engaging in meaning activities and events, such as gardening, camping and fishing, teachable moments and opportunities to practice positive skill sets emerge.

Grants Committee Chair Lance Vanderloo stated, “we received 27 grant applications representing a wide range of projects in the areas of education, health and  human services, economic development and arts and culture.  Each communicated significant community need and was compelling.  It tells us that we have lots of work to do and that we are on the right tract in establishing a foundation that focuses solely on Waterloo and vicinity.

Dr. Johnson commented further that “This year, with the generous financial support of Mike and Katie Williams, our grant program continues to impact our community in very positive ways.”  Both Mike and Katie are long-time Waterloo residents and gifted to the Foundation in the name of Mike’s parents, Herb and Carol Williams, founders of POS and long-term supporters of Waterloo.  POS has also established a corporate scholarship program with the Foundation, awarding 5 – $1,000 post-secondary scholarships annually to dependents of full time POS employees.

Since the Waterloo Community Foundation incorporated in 2015, over $92,000 has been invested in philanthropic work in the community.  The Foundation solicits competitive proposals annually.

A formal awards ceremony will be held at a later date.  To learn more about its grants program or to invest in projects that make a difference in Waterloo, call Michelle Temeyer, Executive Director (319) 883-6022 or visit