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COVID-19 Recovery Grants Available

When a disaster happens, our community wants to help. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Disaster Recovery Fund provides grants focused on reducing the economic and health impacts on vulnerable populations.

A team of community leaders and grantmakers is working together to identify grant recipients with deep roots in the community and experience to deliver support and services to vulnerable populations at moments of crisis.

Eligibility Requirements

Grants are provided to community-based organizations/service providers active in current response and/or preparation in the areas of economic and health impacts for vulnerable populations. 

Grants are made only to cover needs that are not being met by existing local, state and federal resources and programs. Initial grants are awarded outside of an application process to provide flexible support to trusted partners quickly and are provided for direct client assistance and/or organization capacity needs due to demands of the disaster. 

Grants are NOT awarded for the following uses:

  • Travel expenses or seminars
  • Recurring expenses
  • Participation in capital campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • Political causes, candidates or lobbying efforts
  • Scholarships

Can individuals access the money for things they need like supplies, food, help with lost income, etc.?

No, individuals are not eligible to apply. The Disaster Recovery Fund will support nonprofit organizations that provide services intended to reduce the economic and health impacts on vulnerable populations prior to and following a disaster.

Application Review/Scoring

  • Each application will be reviewed by our grant committee. The committee considers each unique application on a case-by-case basis. The committee takes into account:
  • Nature of Need – Consider priority of needs, type of population served, feasibility of project, direct benefits vs administrative costs
  • Proposal addresses important community needs that are aligned with the fund priorities.
  • Proposal is likely to achieve the desired goals as stated in the application.
  • Organization has the capacity to complete the proposal as intended.
  • Proposal addresses equity impact.

What is the purpose of the fund?

The Disaster Recovery Fund will provide grants to community-based organizations/service providers reducing economic, educational and health impacts on vulnerable populations during and following the pandemic as well as long-term needs that may emerge. Grants will be provided to community-based organizations/service providers active in current response and/or preparation in the areas of economic, education, and health impacts for vulnerable populations.

Grants will support unmet human needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including coordination of assistance to individuals and families and programs and services related to recovery.

Examples could include:

  • Basic needs, such as food, shelter, medical, other supplies, etc.
  • Mental health services
  • Access to education
  • Legal services

Priority will be given to organizations working cooperatively with others to ensure that assistance addresses needs not covered by existing nonprofit, local, state and federal resources and programs.

Applicants are encouraged to consider the inequitable impact of the pandemic, by addressing:

  • Communities already vulnerable prior to the disaster
  • Culturally appropriate disaster response

How long will the fund be available/open?

The Disaster Recovery Fund Committee will award grants on a first-come, first-served basis. Grants from the fund will be awarded on a rolling basis as the Committee continues to assess the evolution of the disaster and community needs.

Who is giving guidance to the fund?

The Disaster Recovery Fund is implemented by the Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) Long-term Recovery Committee which includes representatives of: the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, United Way of Dubuque Tri-States, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and Hawkeye Area Community Action Program

How to apply

If you wish to apply for Disaster Recovery Funds, click here to use the grant interface. Enter access code COVID19.

Timeline

Grants from the Disaster Recovery Fund for COVID-19 response may be awarded on a rolling basis as the committee continues to assess the evolution of the disaster and community needs.

APPLY NOW

(Access code COVID19)

If you have questions about grants for nonprofits, please contact Peter Supple at peter@dbqfoundation.org or 563-588-2700.

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