Grant Portal to Open April 15; Award Nominations due April 10

February 26, 2021

Grant Portal Opening in April
The Cedar Falls Community Foundation will accept applications to the Ella Rownd Trust and Diamond Arts & History Fund beginning April 15. Applicants must be nonprofit 501-c-3 organizations. Projects must benefit the citizens and community of Cedar Falls. Interested organizations are encouraged to call the CFCF before beginning an application, to discuss whether their project is a good fit for grant criteria. Call 319-243-9170 or email for more information.

Award Nominations
The Cedar Falls Community Foundation will accept nominations for the Melendy Spirit Award until April 10th.

The Melendy Spirit Award is open to individuals, families, groups, or organizations who, as Cedar Falls residents, have made outstanding community contributions that have enhanced, improved, or positively affected the overall quality of life in Cedar Falls, through philanthropic or other means. Nominations may be made for honorees both living and deceased.

The award is named in memory and honor of Peter Melendy, who came to Cedar Falls in 1859 at the age of 36. By living fully and energetically, he contributed to the cultural life and economic development of Cedar Falls. Nominees are sought who reflect the example set by Peter Melendy.

Previous award recipients include, among others: Sid Morris, Hugh Pettersen, Liane Nichols, and the Sturgis Falls Celebration. Previous posthumous awardees include, among others: John M. Overman, Solomon B. Humbert, Ella Cotton Rownd, Herman Hemenway, Theresa Sartori, and the Streeter Family. Biographies of recent previous award recipients are available at

Nominations should include the name and address of the individual making the nomination; a biographical sketch or resume of the nominee(s); specific contributions the nominee(s) has/have made to the community of Cedar Falls in the form of community involvement, commitment to volunteering their time and/or skills, leadership, community assistance, personal example, personal accomplishments, or financial support. Two letters of support from other community members will enhance the nomination, as will photos of the nominee.

Nominations and supporting materials are due April 10th annually. Nominations may be submitted as a pdf to or mailed to PO Box 546, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.