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Disaster Recovery Fund

At a Glance

  • Address critical community needs
  • Help storm victims and their families
  • Provide assistance to households impacted

About Us

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque established the Greater Dubuque Disaster Relief Fund to help victims and their families of the 2011 flooding. The fund will be again be utilized to respond to the July 21, 2017, severe storm system. The Community Foundation will work with the Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) to provide funding for the services nonprofit and governmental agencies are delivering to meet the needs of victims. The LTRC is supported by the following partners: United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Operation: New View, and the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association.

If unused dollars are left in the fund after all the needs from the flood have been met, those dollars will be kept in the Greater Dubuque Disaster Relief Fund to be used in other emergency situations occurring in Northeast Iowa as needed.

Searching for Assistance?

Disaster case management is also available to support individuals and families as they work to get back on their feet. There are no income eligibility requirements for case management, and it is available to all who have been impacted. Individuals requesting assistance should contact Operation: New View Community Action Agency:

Operation: New View Community Action Agency

1473 Central Ave
Dubuque, IA 52001
Hours: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm


Provide assistance for individuals affected by disasters in the Greater Dubuque Region.

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700 Locust Street, Suite 195 Dubuque, Iowa 52001


Nancy Van Milligen

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Success Story

Looking Back and Preparing for the Future
Before March 2020, no one could have predicted the depth and breadth of the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the Dubuque region. When we activated the Greater Dubuque Disaster Recovery Fund, we were responding to a multi-faceted crisis, and the community stepped up in a big way to help.

Together, we raised and granted more than $1.7 million in recovery grants across Dubuque and five affiliate foundation communities, helping local residents meet basic needs and survive this challenging time. The impact is evident wherever you look. It’s the reason people have been able to stay in their homes, the reason children had food when schools closed, and the reason health care providers have been able to stay connected with patients remotely or, slowly but surely, in person.

Today, the urgent needs we saw during the toughest periods of the pandemic have subsided, yet the pandemic is not over. Many people and organizations have ongoing needs that might need to be met. We are happy to have conversations with nonprofit leaders about their needs and how we can assist through other grant opportunities.

In looking back at the challenges and successes of the past 16 months, we are reminded that preparing to address our region's future needs is more important than ever. The Greater Dubuque Forever Fund offers a way for generous community members to give today to help respond to whatever needs or opportunities emerge in the future. 

Fund Details

Fund Name

Disaster Recovery Fund

Year Founded


Here for you. Emily Rollins Director of Philanthropy 563-588-2700

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Disaster Recovery Fund