Linn County Fund

Purpose: The Linn County Fund supports programs and projects that enhance the quality of life and community development outside the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area in Linn County, Iowa.

  • Priority is given to applications from non-metro communities in Linn County.
  • Capital projects are eligible for consideration.
  • Priority is given to programs that are well designed, responsive to community conditions, innovative, makes effective use of community resources, and tests or demonstrates solutions to community issues.

Organization Eligibility:

  • The Community Foundation accepts applications from nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status, governmental organizations, and non-501(c)(3) organizations that have completed arrangements to obtain a fiscal sponsor.
  • Organizations based in the Cedar Rapids area may apply for projects benefiting non-metro Linn County with support and partners identified within the community being served.

Ineligible Activities:

  • Fundraising events and activities
  • Re-granting funds to other nonprofits
  • Religious activities: contact program officer for clarification
  • Scholarships for primary and secondary education and post-secondary degree programs
  • Expenses that have occurred or will occur during the grant review process

Low Priority Activities:

  • Travel out of the region

Maximum Request Amount: $10,000

Duration of Grant: 12 months

Application Deadline: Once per year at the October deadline

Application and Forms:

Download the Linn County Fund Guidelines and Application Questions
Download the Linn County Fund Budget Form
Change in Organization Budget Requirements Effective Summer 2018


About the County Endowment Program: The County Endowment Program was created by the Iowa Legislature and is funded by a distribution of gambling revenues to non-gambling counties. Each year, 75% of the funds are distributed to charitable projects within the county, with the remaining 25% are placed in a permanent endowment fund at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation and used to benefit the county in perpetuity.


Questions? Contact: Rochelle Naylor, Program Officer, at or 319.774.2373.