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Announcing Fall 2021 Grant Awards

The Otto Schoitz Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $2,828,000 to organizations aligned with the mission of improving the health and wellbeing of the Cedar Valley. With this award announcement, the Foundation’s total grantmaking exceeds $12.5 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:

1619 Freedom School - $103,000

1619 Freedom School was awarded for their new after school literacy program which aims to improve student literacy skills, ultimately closing the academic and social achievement gaps between students of color and their peers.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque  - $50,000

Catholic Charities was awarded to provide affordable, professional legal services to immigrants that would otherwise not be able to afford services, eliminating barriers immigrants face in reuniting with their families or seeking employment.

Cedar Falls Schools Foundation - $200,000

The Cedar Falls Schools Foundation was awarded for a new natatorium complex including a 10-lane competition pool and four-lane multipurpose pool.

Cedar Valley Angels - $50,000

Cedar Valley Angels was awarded to expand their Love Box and Dare to Dream programs which provide support to foster families and mentoring to youth in foster care with the goal of foster youth thriving when they reach adulthood.

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers - $5,000

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers was awarded operational support to advance their mission of making neighborhoods safer by encouraging citizens, through cash rewards, to provide information to law enforcement to aid investigation and prosecution of crimes.

Elevate CCBHC - $650,000

Elevate was awarded for their capital project to build a 24/7 Restoration Center that will provide immediate no eject, no reject access to an array of behavioral health and substance use disorder interventions to individuals with behavioral health needs in Waterloo.

Friends of the Family - $500,000

Friends of the Family was awarded an additional installment to the 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.

iJAG | Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates - $20,000

iJAG was awarded to continue providing mentoring, academic tutoring and job training/placement for 145 underserved Waterloo youth at George Washington Carver Academy and East High School. The program has a track record of improving graduation rates and helping students access living-wage employment.

Love INC of the Cedar Valley - $10,000

Love INC was awarded to support their centralized service that helps clients access medical supplies, transportation to medical appointments, water bill payments and other tangible goods, filling critical gaps for meeting specific needs in the Cedar Valley.

MercyOne Waterloo Foundation - $15,000

MercyOne Foundation was awarded for a summer camp that will provide students entering 7th through 12th grades a hands-on, behind-the-scenes introduction to many health care careers with the goal of building the pipeline of health care workers.

Northeast Iowa Food Bank - $50,000

The Northeast Iowa Foodbank was awarded to continue their mission of ensuring all in need have access to nutritious food. Through their Feeding Communities approach, eight programs work together to distribute healthy food to those in need with the goal of closing the Meal Gap in Northeast Iowa.

Operation Threshold Inc - $15,000

Operation Threshold was awarded to continue crisis and family assistance by providing at-risk households and families in need of in-depth assistance through case management or home visitation programs to identify, prioritize and access needed services.

Peoples Community Health Clinic - $1,000,000

Peoples Community Health Clinic was awarded a two-year grant for the expansion and renovation of their clinic which will extend clinical care, pharmacy and behavioral health services. The need for this expansion became more apparent during the Clinic's response to Covid-19.

Quota of the Cedar Valley - $5,000

Quota of the Cedar Valley was awarded to promote literacy through a partnership with law enforcement officials to distribute over 6,000 free books to students in Waterloo.

The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls - $100,000

The Salvation Army was awarded for housing services in Waterloo. The Salvation Army is the largest provider of shelter for the general public, operating three 24-hour emergency shelters in the Cedar Valley.

Try Pie - $25,000

Try Pie was awarded to continue providing young women life and leadership skills through meaningful work. Teens work in the bakery, sit on one of Try Pie's business development committees and participate in monthly workshops focusing on business and life skills.

Youth Art Team - $30,000

Youth Art Team removes obstacles so young people from different backgrounds can create beauty together. The award supports the creation of interpretative materials so users can hear the stories that inspired the "Our Freedom Story" mural which commemorates Waterloo's civil rights history.

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