Nonprofit organizations that meet eligibility requirements (see below) are encouraged to file a grant application. The DRA considers each unique application on a case-by-case basis, including those that address needs in the following areas:

  • Arts and culture
  • Recreation
  • Education
  • Health and human services
  • Emergency services
  • Civic and community development

2020 DRA Grant Application

  • 10/30/2020 UPDATE: 2020 DRA Grants are currently on hold.

    Our entire community has felt the impact of COVID-19 and our most vulnerable populations continue to face the effects of it. In March, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque activated their Disaster Recovery Fund to enable a coordinated response and help people in the Dubuque region most impacted by the outbreak. This fund was created in partnership with the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States and other local nonprofit and philanthropic organizations that have focused over the last couple years on developing a collective strategy for charitable giving during times of crisis. In April, the DRA made a $50,000 contribution to this fund to help address immediate needs within the community. The Community Foundation administers grants with a grant committee that includes member of the Community Foundation, United Way, DRA, Dubuque Initiatives, and other cross-sector organizations.

    After much discussion and exploring our options, the board felt it was important to continue addressing the immediate needs in our community as it relates to relief and recovery of COVID-19. It was the decision of the board to reallocate $590,000, originally earmarked for contribution to our endowment fund, to this cause. Mr. Avilés, president/CEO of Q Casino and DRA, will work together with the Diamond Jo, DRA Board of Directors, Community Foundation, and United Way to distribute these funds.

    The grants are provided to community-based organizations/service providers active in current response and/or preparation in the areas of economic and health impacts for vulnerable populations. Grant are made only to cover needs that are not being met by existing local, state, and federal resources and programs. To apply, visit

    After the DRA closes out the fiscal year, we will reevaluate our finances to determine if additional funds will be awarded through our grant program. In the meantime, we understand that your organizations’ needs may have changed since your application was submitted in February. I would ask for you to complete this survey to help us better understand your current needs. As with your grant application, information submitted will be used for internal purposes only and will not be shared outside of the organization.

    If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Young, Director of Grants, or 563-585-2971.

2021 DRA Grants:

Information is not available at this time. To be added to our email list and receive important updates, please email us at Please note that if you have applied for a grant in the past 3 years, your information is on file and details on 2021 will be sent to you as they come available.

Click to view 2019 Press Release

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