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.

On November 10, 2020, the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) generously contributed $590,000 to the Disaster Recovery Fund, which will support the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque's disaster recovery grantmaking for the foreseeable future. 

Why the update to the Disaster Recovery Fund (DRF)?

The DRA will donate $590,000 to the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s Disaster Recovery Fund for entities that have experienced losses due to the coronavirus. The fund is held at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque on behalf of the Dubuque Area Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) Long-Term Recovery Committee.

What if I applied for a DRA grant in 2020?

The DRA’s director of grants, Kathy Young, will reach out to these nonprofits to assess if and how the organizations’ needs have shifted during the pandemic. After officials reconnect with these entities, another DRA grant allocation could follow.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that have received 501(c)3, designation from the Internal Revenue Service, or be a church, school or government entity. Eligible applicants shall be located in the following counties:

  • Iowa – Dubuque, Clayton, Delaware, Jones and Jackson
  • Wisconsin – Grant, Iowa and Lafayette
  • Illinois – Jo Daviess.

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. The DRA funds will be awarded to the region served by the DRA. Once these funds are expended, the Disaster Recovery Fund will continue to serve the Greater Dubuque region.

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.


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.


(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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