Nonprofits Receive $57,120 in Community Impact, Women's Giving Circle and YAPPERS Grants

This year, the Community Foundation awarded $57,120 through three CFGD grant programs.

Community Impact Grants

Now in its 13th year, the Community Impact Grant program is funded by gifts to the Foundation’s Community Impact Fund. The goal of the grant program is to improve policies and practices affecting the Greater Dubuque community and to have the greatest possible impact. Unlike many grant programs, Community Impact Grants focus on building capacity of local nonprofits by supporting training and development, collaboration and coaching, research and planning, and operations.

This year, eight nonprofits received 2017 Community Impact Grants totaling $35,920:

  • East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA)- $1,000
    Grant will establish a grantwriting pool for nonprofit groups to hire ECIA staff to write special project grants.
  • Camp Albrecht Acres - $3,000
    Grant will fund four-day Instructor Certification Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training program for year-round, full-time staff so they can train new seasonal direct care staff.
  • DuRide - $3,920
    Du Ride is at record levels of membership, volunteers and ride volume. This grant will allow the nonprofit to add an additional part-time employee and work station in the office.
  • Hillcrest Family Services - $4,000
    Grant will fund training for three Hillcrest staff to become certified instructors for mental health first aid. 
  • Almost Home Dubuque - $6,000
    Grant will support program that allows people at risk of losing their utilities to earn vouchers to supplement payment directly to a recognized vendor by performing scheduled volunteer work at a nonprofit and receiving employment mentorship. 
  • Dubuque Dream Center - $6,000
    Funding will provide a “School Connector” (teacher/paraprofessional) trained in reading and math improvement strategies.
  • Mercy Medical Center – Dubuque - $6,000
    Grant will support the Dubuque Marshall Islands Health Project, which seeks to improve the health status of Marshallese Dubuquers by connecting them with fellow Marshallese people trained as “community health workers,” as well as nurses and social workers to guide them through the healthcare system.
  • Multicultural Family Center - $6,000
    Grants will fund the Future Talk Teen Empowerment program, designed to teach youth critical employment skills, how to open and maintain a bank account, how to work in a natural environment, and to be engaged citizens.

Click here to make a gift to the Community Impact Fund.

Women’s Giving Circle Grants

The Women’s Giving Circle, organized through the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD), brings together women from all walks of life to learn about community needs and to build the Circle’s endowment fund. Payouts from this fund provide a sustainable source of grant funding to support local nonprofits serving women and children in our community.

This year, the Women’s Giving Circle awarded six grants totaling $13,800:

  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque Jail & Prison Ministry Program: $5,000
  • Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Empowering Women: $4,458
    Riverview Center - Inclusivity and Body Mindfulness Yoga, Play, Sand Tray, and EMDR Therapy Supplies: $2,342
  • Cedar Valley Friends of the Family Human Trafficking Survivor Services Packet: $1,000
  • Dubuque Red Basket Project: $500
  • The Red Basket Project of Jackson County: $500

The Women’s Giving Circle also asked applicants to submit a list of needed supplies along with their proposals. Members selected one-third of the unfunded applicants and fulfilled their gift requests at the event. The following organizations received gifts: Two by Two Character Development; Brown’s Hometown Victory Ford Foundation, Dyersville; and Women’s Health Services of Eastern Iowa.

Since 2009, nonprofits have received 35 Women’s Giving Circle grants totaling over $63,000.

Click here to learn more about the Women’s Giving Circle.


The YAPPERS are local high school students who serve as CFGD’s youth grantmaking board. YAPPERS grants to youth-serving nonprofits help organizations strengthen and grow their programs. Preference is given to proposals that focus on meeting basic human needs, combating violence, providing opportunities for youth, and/or raising awareness for issues that local youth are facing.

This year, the YAPPERS awarded six grants totaling $7,400:

  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque - $1,000 for Therapeutic Intervention Tools
  • Hills & Dales Child Development Center - $1,250 for Summer Group Respite Expansion
  • Camp Albrecht Acres - $1,657.08 for Alternative Power Education
  • Dubuque Mercy Health Foundation - $1,000 for Experiential Therapies
  • Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA - $2,117.92 for New Opportunities for Young People Facing Adversity
  • St. Mark Youth Enrichment - $375 for Creative Learning to Empower St. Mark Students

YAPPERS grants are funded by proceeds from the YAPPERS’ annual Feed the Need luncheon and silent auction and Sweet Treats Cake Auction at the Foundation’s Community Showcase.

Click here to learn more about the YAPPERS.  

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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.