This year, we awarded six $5,000 grants through our competitive grant process! We received 23 inspiring applications from qualified organizations for projects or programs that benefit the community of Waterloo in one of four areas:

  • health and human services
  • arts and culture
  • education
  • economic development

After careful consideration from our Grants Committee, the 2021 recipients include:

North End Update
Through their program, “Ms Rocki n Chaveevah LIVE!”, the North End Update will be a source of good news for our community counteracting the negative narrative that too often appears in our media and provide a social media platform that promotes conversation to address our country’s racial divide.

WCF Symphony
The Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony will host Bruce Henry and The Evolution of African American Music as the central theme to their Education Program during the 2022-2023 season.

Boys & Girls Club
The Boys and Girls Club will be offering two mentoring programs, Passport to Manhood and SMART Girls, that benefit all participating Club Members and are designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, strong character, and positive behavior.

Leader Valley
Leader Valley will be working with Lincoln Elementary School to onboard and implement the Leader In Me program that gives all students the chance to develop the mindsets and skill sets needed to be successful in school and after graduation.

One City United
Through a program called Momentum, One City United will teach, train, and equip individuals to overcome significant barriers to employment. Their 6-week program offers classes, continued support through 90-days of employment, and partnerships with agencies/organizations.

Riverview Center
The Waterloo Crisis Response Program through the Riverview Center will offer support to survivors after experiencing the trauma of sexual assualt and abuse. They will provide survivors with clothing at the hospital, travel costs to access services, financial assistance, crisis hotline access, and interpreter services, as necessary.

We are grateful for the opportunity to come alongside these organizations and encourage their important work in our community.

Since the Waterloo Community Foundation incorporated in 2015, we have been able to grant $1,088,589 back into our community! We hope to triple the number of competitive grants we can give annually in the next three years.
You can help us achieve that goal by giving a gift to the Unrestricted Fund, which furthers our ability to offer competitive grants in the future!