Community Foundation awards grants 2018-2019

2018 - 2019 Grants

Community Foundation awards $320,956 in grants to 64 area nonprofits

IOWA CITY – The Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC) awarded $320,956 in grants to local nonprofit organizations at the annual at CFJC Grant Award Luncheon. RSM and US Bank were co-sponsors of the event which was held Oct. 17, 2018, at the Coralville Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.

Sixty-four area nonprofit organizations received funds for projects supporting the areas of health services, human services, education, arts and culture, environment and animals and public/societal benefit. Support for the grants comes from a combination of funds from the County Endowment Re-granting Program, CFJC Donor Advised Funds, CFJC Community Endowment Funds and the 5224Good Giving Circle. 

The County Endowment Re-Granting Program distributes a percentage of the state’s commercial gaming tax revenue annually to qualified community foundations in counties that do not have a state-issued gaming license.

Executive Director Shelly Maharry said it’s inspiring and very rewarding to see grant awards transform into purpose connecting those who care with those who need. To grow the number and amount of grants awarded, she encourages others to support CFJC. “Our mission is a reminder that CFJC, in partnership with donors and nonprofit partners, helps meet needs in our local communities. Together, we are giving for good supplying a boost to those who need it most throughout all of Johnson County.”

Sarah Maiers, CFJC president, said during this grant cycle the foundation received more than 100 grant requests totaling $986,594. “We are grateful to our many contributors and volunteers for their financial support and gifts of time that champion these very deserving nonprofit organizations. Their programs have an ability to transform this grant support into meaningful opportunities that benefit residents and our communities.” 

The nonprofit organizations receiving grants at the luncheon include the following:

Arts / Culture / Humanities

Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature - One Book Two Book Children's Literature Festival
The Iowa Children's Museum - Box Parties - Playing to Learn!
FilmScene - Women's March
Summer of the Arts, Inc. - Summer of the Arts, Inc. IT Capital Re-Investment
University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art - University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art - 2018-19 Senior Living    Communities Program
Jones Academy of Performing Arts - Jones Academy of Performing Arts
The Englert Theatre - Ailey II Community Outreach at The Englert Theatre
Orchestra Iowa, Inc. - 2018-19 Music in the Schools Education Program
Iowa City Community Theatre - The Music Man
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts - Young Footliters Youth Theatre - Program Expansion
The Quire - Stonewall 50 (commissioned work)
Swisher Community Library - Adult/Senior Programming
State University of Iowa Foundation - The Iowa Youth Writing Project - Making Young Voices Heard Project


Iowa City Public Library - Iowa City Public Library's Discovery Kits
Iowa City Community School District Foundation - School of the Wild
I Can Read Inc. - I Can Read Songs Parent Empowerment
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity - Financial Literacy and Homeowner Education
Antelope Lending Library – Fall and Spring Bookmobile Service
United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties - STEM Literacy Kit Project
4Cs Community Coordinated Child Care - 4Cs Strong from the Start
The Arc of Southeast Iowa - Inclusive Daycare/Preschool Program
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa -Project Name Empowering a Financially Capable and Career Ready Society in Johnson County
Global Food Project - The Global Table
Iowa City Darwin Day - Iowa City Darwin Day 2019
Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (iJAG) - iJAG: Connecting the Next-Generation Workforce with Career Pathways
State University of Iowa Foundation - Johnson County Community Writing Assistance Program
Friendship Community Project - Friendship Community Project
Johnson County Historical Society - Little School on the Prairie and Flowers, Fossils, Birds, and Beyond Summer Camp Programs
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois - Leadership and Character Building for At-Risk Girls

Environment / Animals

Table to Table - Mitigating Food Waste in Johnson County
Bur Oak Land Trust - Safely Managing Prairies and Woodland with Prescribed Burns
Project GREEN - Ashton House - Project GREEN Gardens
Harvest Preserve Foundation, Inc. - Harvest Woodlands Project Part I
Friends of the Animal Center Foundation - New Workstation

Health Services

Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic – Pre- and Post-Natal Care at the Free Clinic
Aging Services, Inc. - Community Services for Home-Bound Seniors
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland - Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
Healthy Kids School-Based Health Clinics - Healthy Immigrant Kids Project, Year 2 (HIK2)
Healthy Kids School-Based Health Clinics - LatinXChange After School Club
Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic - Free Clinic EKG Upgrade
ChildServe - Universal Exercise Unit for Children with Special Health Care Needs
University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics /Acute Care Surgery - Fall Prevention Awareness, Health and Resource Fair
Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa - Revival of Girls on the Run Sites and Program Scholarships
The Bird House - Hospice Home of Johnson County - Making a Difference by Making Up the Difference: The Bird House

Human Services

Free Lunch Program - Free Lunch Program
Elder Services Inc. - Meals on Wheels/Nutrition Program
Table to Table - Summer Youth Meals
Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. - Operation BackPack in Johnson County: Reducing Weekend Hunger among Elementary Kids
Inside Out Reentry Community - Inside Out Reentry Community
Coralville Community Food Pantry - School Break Nutrition Program
North Liberty Community Pantry - North Liberty Community Pantry 2019 Food Inventory
Domestic Violence Intervention Program - Providing Emergency Services to Victims of Domestic Violence Shelter House Community Shelter and Transition Services - Peer Support Specialist - Fairweather Lodge
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity - Helping Hands
Path of Hope - Refugee & Immigration Services
Rape Victim Advocacy Program - 24-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Response
Goodwill of the Heartland - Career Track
The Crisis Center of Johnson County -Emergency Assistance for Johnson County Families
Shelter House Community Shelter and Transition Services - Bringing Permanent Supportive Housing to Scale through Pay for Success
Fifth Ward Saints North - Fifth Ward Saints North
Catherine McAuley Center - Working towards Self-sufficiency: Case Management and Support for Refugees in Johnson County
The Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County - G! WORLD

 Public / Societal Benefit

Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) - Ensuring the Future of Citizen Diplomacy
City of Coralville-Parks Department - Woodpecker Singletrack Trail Development
Iowa City Bike Library - Youth Bike Club
Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa - Ahead of the Game: Concussion Prevention, Intervention, and Support
Johnson County Extension d/b/a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County - Bigs with Badges
Creative Corridor Center for Equity (C3E) - Empowerment Leadership Institute for Johnson County
Old Brick - Historic Landmark Structural Support and Landscaping with Vocational Training Collaboration

Coralville Community Fund - CFJC Matching Grant
Iowa City Community Fund – CFJC Matching Grant
North Liberty Community Fund – CFJC Matching Grant
Tiffin Community Fund – CFJC Matching Grant
University Heights Community Fund - CFJC Matching Grant

The Community Foundation of Johnson County advances philanthropy by connecting those who care with those who need. The Community Foundation administers over $29 million in charitable assets and has distributed more than $14 million in grants since 2000. Through our work, CFJC supports more than 200 nonprofit organizations, family and business funds and community endowment funds to grow philanthropy for the greater community good . . . for good  . . . forever.