Economic and Community Development Fund
About the Fund
The Linn County Economic and Community Development Fund was established to foster and support economic growth and enhance quality of life in Linn County. Economic and Community Development grants are for organizations that are located in Linn County, Iowa or that have a branch location in Linn County and whose work benefits Linn County residents.
The Linn County Board of Supervisors implemented a new process for organizations seeking economic development funding from the County in fiscal year 2016. The new process creates a more formalized application and reporting process to better measure the impact of funding and enhances the accountability of successful applicants.
For the current FY21 Economic and Community Development Fund, $131,000 is available.
This is a competitive application process.
Fiscal Year 2021 Application
The application packet includes the complete application criteria, evaluation criteria, and final report form.
The deadline to submit the Fiscal Year 2021 application is 5 p.m. November 25, 2020.
See application packet for submission instructions.
Economic and Community Development grants will be made to organizations that are located in Linn County, Iowa or that have a branch location in Linn County and whose work benefits Linn County residents.
Applicants who have not completed previously funded projects or submitted the required final report for previous Economic and Community Development grants are not eligible for funding without specific Board of Supervisors approval.
Types of Projects Eligible
Grant funds must be used for programs or projects that benefit Linn County residents. Priority is given to requests for programmatic and capital projects over requests for operating support. Grants must be for expenses that have not yet been incurred.
Preferred applications will be for projects/programs that accomplish the following:
- Promote economic and/or community development growth in Linn County
- Demonstrate return on investment dollars
- Do not duplicate current economic development initiatives
- Demonstrate a sustainability plan for project continuation beyond Linn County funding
Timeline for Fiscal Year 2021
These dates are subject to change at the County's discretion:
|November 2020||Application become available|
|November 25, 2020 at 5 p.m.||Application deadline|
|November - December 2020||Application review|
|December 2020||Award decisions|
|July 1, 2021||Final reports due|
The Linn County Board of Supervisors Economic and Community Development Fund receives more funding requests than it can possibly grant. If support of a worthwhile program is declined, this decision does not reflect on the value of the group or service, but rather on the need to be selective because of limited resources. Preference may be given to new applicants.
For Questions Contact
Email Barbara Schmitz, Executive Assistant to the Board of Supervisors
Final reports for the FY21 grant cycle are due July 1, 2021.
Economic and Community Development Fund Recipients
- Linn County Economic and Community Development Fund Fiscal Year 2020 Recipients (PDF)
- Linn County Economic Development Fund Fiscal Year 2019 Recipients (PDF)
- Linn County Economic Development Fund Fiscal Year 2018 Recipients (PDF)
- Linn County Economic Development Fund Fiscal Year 2017 Recipients (PDF)
- Linn County Economic Development Fund Fiscal Year 2016 Recipients (PDF)