The Waterloo Community Foundation (WCF) seeks 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 and citizens in one of four areas: health and human services; arts and culture; education or economic development.   A total of four grants will be awarded up to $5,000 each. Matching funds are not required, but partnerships are encouraged. Funds must be expended between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

Completed applications are due Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm. An informational meeting is scheduled Tuesday, September 19 at 1:30 pm at the Philanthropy Center, 425 Cedar Street, 3rd floor. Grant recipients will be announced the week of November 6. For more information or to obtain an application, contact Michelle Temeyer at or (319) 883-6022.

The Waterloo Community Foundation was organized in June 2015 to serve needs in Waterloo and, in limited situations its vicinity. During its inaugural year of funding in 2016, grants were awarded to:

Northeast Iowa Food Bank – for support of a pilot program focused on purchasing food products from local producers for the Cedar Valley Food Pantry which serves food insecure individuals and families.

Koats4Kids – for purchase of winter wear for low-income elementary-age students.

Northstar – to provide adults with disabilities an opportunity to showcase their talents in a performance of “Pinocchio” at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on June 7, 2017.

Black Hawk Children’s Theatre – to expose elementary-age school students to live performances by attending a daytime youth performance for $1 per child.

Quota International of Waterloo – to promote literacy through the purchase of books distributed to elementary students by Waterloo Police officers in and out of school.

Grantmaking Instructions Fall 2017

Waterloo Community Foundation Grant Application (Fall 2017)