Applications Now Being Accepted for Rownd Trust Grants 2015

November 15, 2015



The Cedar Falls Community Foundation will accept applications for grants from the Ella Rownd Trust until the end of December 2015.

The Ella C. Rownd Trust was established in 1967 under the Will of Ella C. Rownd as a memorial to herself, her husband C. A. Rownd, and their son Fred.  In establishing this Trust, Ella Rownd provided a model for how one individual can have a long term impact on the quality of community life through careful estate planning and a commitment to public service and philanthropy.  The assets of the Rownd Trust have been used to make significant contributions to community capital projects within the City of Cedar Falls. Grants to the community from this Trust have exceeded $800,000.

Projects that have received funding from the Rownd Trust include the Cedar Falls Historical Society, Cedar Basin Jazz Festival Band Shell, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, the UNI-Dome, the McLeod Center, the Oster Regent Theatre Restoration Project, George Wyth Recreational Trail, Cedar Falls Public Library, Cedar Falls Recreation Center, The Falls Aquatic Center expansion, River Hills School, Cedar Falls Womans Club, Sartori Memorial Hospital, Hearst Center for the Arts, and the Wellness Center at the Western Home Communities.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Cedar Falls Community Foundation at or 319-243-9170 for a preliminary conversation to discuss their project and/or to obtain an application form.

Applications must be received by the end of December 2015 and will be considered in the first quarter of 2016 for funding.  A grant pool of $35,000 will be available for granting in 2016.

Cynthia Sweet, executive director of the Cedar Falls Community Foundation said, “The Rownd Trust has made an enormous impact in Cedar Falls, assisting to fund virtually every major capital project that has occurred in our community for many years.  The Foundation is eager to learn about upcoming capital projects through grant applications to the Trust this cycle.”

The Cedar Falls Community Foundation serves as the leading philanthropic organization in Cedar Falls, Iowa, using the resources entrusted to its stewardship to support projects that enhance the community’s quality of life through cultural, scholarly, recreational, literary, and artistic endeavors.  The Cedar Falls Community Foundation encourages community philanthropy and collaboration.  For more information about the Cedar Falls Community Foundation, please visit  or contact 319.243.9170 or