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Announcing Spring 2021 Grant Awards

The Otto Schoitz Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $2,055,000 to organizations aligned with the mission of improving the health and wellbeing of the Cedar Valley. With this announcement, the Foundation’s total grantmaking surpasses $9.7 million since its 2016 inception - explore our total awards here.

Grants are directed to local nonprofit agencies providing transformative services across the social determinants of health. Social determinants are root causes in an individual’s health/wellbeing and include conditions in which we are born, live, learn, work, play, and age. 

Grant awards from Otto Schoitz Foundation are across the social determinants:




Click on each organization below to review their award details:

24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium - $50,000

24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium was awarded for the Black Business & Entrepreneurship Accelerator, a collaborative program supporting entrepreneurs and Black-owned businesses in ways that grow the local economy, reduce inequities and foster job creation.

Black Hawk County Health Department - $50,000

The Black Hawk County Health Department was awarded to expand their Community Health Worker program to include culturally responsive COVID-19 vaccine education and mental health support for refugee, immigrant, and Black/African American communities with a history of distrust in the healthcare system.

Cedar Falls Schools Foundation - $5,625

The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation was awarded for connect>CF, a program designed to address the homework gap by providing affordable at-home connectivity and internet access for students from income eligible households.

Cedar Valley Bicycle Collective - $10,000

Cedar Valley Bicycle Collective was awarded to increase bicycle education and safety, impact the environment through bicycle reuse and recycling, give individuals access to affordable transportation and bicycle maintenance skills and increase Waterloo's presence as a "bike friendly" community.

Cedar Valley Preschool and Child Care Center - $10,000

Cedar Valley Preschool and Child Care Center was awarded operational support for their mission of supporting the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development of each child, with no limit on enrollment for families receiving state childcare assistance.

EPI | Exceptional Persons, Inc. - $15,000

EPI was awarded for their employment service continuum, helping persons with disabilities find employment in the general workforce by providing job training, resume building, job interview preparation and support to on-board and maintain employment in the community.

Family & Children's Council of Black Hawk County - $45,000

Family & Children's Council was awarded to continue providing parent education using evidence informed curriculum and assessments to better support parents and caregivers and decrease adverse childhood experiences.

Friends of the Family - $893,000

Friends of the Family was awarded a three-year grant to develop, staff, and lead a collective team of support agencies to systemically address homelessness in Black Hawk County through safe and stable housing as well as support services.

Girls Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois - $20,000

Girls Scouts was awarded to eliminate barriers to participation for at-risk girls so that more can access the Girl Scouts Outreach Program and learn the skills to empower them as growing leaders.

Grin and Grow Ltd. - $80,000

The Grin and Grow was awarded to provide childcare services for primarily low income families; thereby enabling parents to obtain or maintain employment and achieve greater financial stability.

Hawkeye Community College Foundation - $500,000

Hawkeye Community College Foundation was awarded for the renovation of Grundy Hall into a state-of-the-art Health Services facility which will expand training capacities, improve student educational outcomes, and help meet the urgent need for healthcare workers.

Inclusion Connection - $15,000

Inclusion Connection was awarded for their Inclusive Employment Services which support individuals with diverse abilities to gain employment, successfully complete training and retain the job long term.

Iowa Legal Aid - $40,000

Iowa Legal Aid was awarded for the Parent Representative Project, a project that provides direct assistance and supportive services to low-income custodial parents who are at risk of being involved, or are already involved, in the juvenile court system, with the goal of keeping children in a stable family setting.

LSI | Lutheran Services in Iowa - $10,000

LSI was awarded for Healthy Families America-HOPES in Black Hawk County, a program that provides evidence-based prevention services to at-risk parents of children ages 0-5 in Black Hawk County and works to reduce abuse and promote healthy, safe and self-sufficient families.

NAMI | National Alliance on Mental Illness of Black Hawk County - $3,000

NAMI was awarded to continue providing free programs and services for people struggling with mental illness and mental health. Programs, along with advocacy and education, impact all including family, friends, professional providers, and the public.

North End Cultural Center, Inc. - $15,120

The North End Cultural Center was awarded for the Hip Hop Summer Literacy Program, a summer literacy program utilizing the medium of hip hop poetry and music to teach literacy skills and build self-confidence and educational engagement for students ages 10-15.

One City United - $50,000

One City United was awarded to continue growing Momentum, an employment readiness program that helps individuals overcome multiple barriers through life skills workshops, employment training and placement assistance.

Riverview Center - $9,475

Riverview Center was awarded to continue providing important services for survivors of sexual assault including 24/7 access to in-person crisis response and certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners at all Waterloo/Cedar Falls hospitals and the Child Protection Center.

SHIPHT Youth Opportunity Accelerator - $20,000

SHIPHT was awarded for a program that intentionally engages youth of color in career, technical and entrepreneurship opportunities in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center.

SuccessLink - $180,000

SuccessLink was awarded for Success Street, a program ensuring students have access to a comprehensive array of services including mental health, substance abuse, adolescent sexual health, and overall health directly within the school district to ensure access for low resource teens.

The Job Foundation - $25,000

The Job Foundation was awarded to continue working with youth on financial education, stewardship training, academic achievement and attainment of other key resources to increase financial stability and reduce the risk of financial disadvantage.

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony - $9,250

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony was awarded to support free performances at My Waterloo Days and the new Waterloo Neighborhood Outreach series which will include outdoor performances held in Waterloo neighborhoods throughout the summer.

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