14 local nonprofits receive grants to provide COVID-19 recovery

Peter Supple
Economic Opportunity Coordinator

For immediate release

DUBUQUE, IOWA — The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque has activated the Greater Dubuque Disaster Recovery Fund, in partnership with the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fourteen Dubuque-area nonprofits have received initial grants from the fund totaling $125,000 to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable populations, including seniors and low-income residents. The first 14 recipients are:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dubuque: $10,000
  • Cascade Food Pantry: $2,500
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque: $10,000
  • Dubuque Area Labor and Harvest: $10,000
  • Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA: $10,000
  • Dubuque Food Pantry: $10,000
  • Dubuque Rescue Mission: $10,000
  • East Central Intergovernmental Association: $10,000
  • Hillcrest Family Services: $10,000
  • Iowa Legal Aid: $10,000
  • ResourcesUnite: $10,000
  • Rural Community Food Pantry: $2,500
  • Salvation Army—Dubuque: $10,000
  • Visiting Nurses Association: $10,000

The partnership between the Community Foundation and United Way shows the strength and determination of the region to support vulnerable people during this crisis.

“Thanks to generous community members, we are making a significant impact on our neighbors during this time of uncertainty,” said Nancy Van Milligen, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Additional needs will arise in coming days, and individuals, businesses and foundations are invited to make gifts of any size. Each one makes a difference.”

The Community Foundation has received gifts totaling more than $350,000 in the past five days, allowing the Foundation to make these grants.

Organizations are invited to apply for grants to cover needs that are not being met by existing local, state and federal resources and programs. To apply, visit dbqfoundation.org/recoverygrants.

To address additional needs that arise in coming days, visit dbqfoundation.org/DRF to make a gift to the Greater Dubuque Disaster Recovery Fund.

“Thank you to every donor, every funder and every organization working to support the most vulnerable in our region right now,” Van Milligen said. “You prove generosity — in all forms — lives here.”

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Founded in 2002, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque strengthens communities and inspires giving. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life throughout Northeast Iowa by serving donors, making grants to local nonprofit organizations, and providing community leadership through convening and collaboration. Guided by the values of integrity, equity and inclusion, collaboration, excellence and innovation, we seek to ensure a vibrant and inclusive Greater Dubuque region with resources and opportunity for all.


Help your neighbors in need during COVID-19

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque has activated the Greater Dubuque Disaster Recovery Fund in partnership with the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States to provide a coordinated response to COVID-19. More than $550,000 has been raised so far to address pressing needs. Please consider a gift of any amount.