Linn County Grants

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For more information on the Linn County Grants, please contact Elizabeth Cwik.


Elizabeth Cwik
Senior Program Officer

The Linn County Grants support programs and projects that enhance the quality of life and community development outside the 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, make effective use of community resources, and test or demonstrate solutions to community issues.

*The metropolitan area consists of Cedar Rapids, Marion, Hiawatha, Robins, Fairfax.

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

Duration of Grant 
12 months

Application Deadline 
Once per year at the October 1, 2021 deadline

Application and Forms
Download the Linn County Grant Application Packet 
Download the Linn County Grant Budget Form

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 
Elizabeth Cwik, Senior Program Officer, at or 319.774.2372.

NOTE: The Community Foundation maintains strict standards to uphold the integrity of the grantmaking process. Our conflict of interest policy applies to grant committees, board and staff requiring recusals in cases of conflict of interest. The Community Foundation review processes are methodical and transparent, with scoring tools for competitive grant applications available in the online applications.