Grant Applications Being Accepted until the end of 2016

November 1, 2016



The Cedar Falls Community Foundation will accept applications for grants from the Ella Rownd Trust and the Saul & Joan Diamond Community Enhancement Fund until the end of December 2016.

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 Cedar Falls capital projects 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, the Wellness Center at the Western Home Communities, and Hartman Nature Reserve.

Application may be made for up to $35,000 for capital projects. 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.

The purpose of the Saul & Joan Diamond Community Enhancement Fund is to stimulate lifelong learning by providing experiences in the fine arts or the history of Cedar Falls that offer options for interactive or multi-sensory experiences that go beyond merely listening or viewing. This is a new fund from which the first grant will made in 2017. Application may be made for up to $10,000.

Applications for both funds must be received by the end of December 2016 and will be considered in the first quarter of 2017 for funding. Grant recipients will be notified in February 2017.

Cynthia Sweet, executive director of the Cedar Falls Community Foundation said, “The Foundation appreciates the vision of Saul and Joan Diamond in establishing their Community Enhancement Fund.

This new fund has a unique purpose and we expect to receive exciting applications from nonprofit partners coming together to propose creative projects which will benefit the citizens of Cedar Falls. Conversely, the Rownd Trust has been making a difference in Cedar Falls for many decades, granting funds to virtually every major capital project that has occurred in our community. 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