Witwer Trust Grant Program

The Witwer Trust Grant Program is currently accepting applications for the fiscal year 2017 cycle. The deadline for submission is December 15, 2016. Funding decisions are made in February.

Witwer Trust grant applications must be submitted online through this website between November 1 and December 15. Paper, email or faxed applications are not accepted. The link to the application is on this page, below the eligibility information.

It is strongly recommended to save a copy of your grant application in a separate file and copy your responses into the online form to ensure you have a copy for your records and to ensure your information is not lost before submission. Once a proposal is submitted, it cannot be changed.

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First-time applicants are encouraged to call and discuss potential projects:
319-892-5118.

Do not wait until the day of the deadline to start the application. It is recommended that you start your application by December 1 so you have time to ask questions, if needed.

Timeline

November 1, 2016 Online grant application available
December 15, 2016 Application deadline
December 16, 2016 - January 2017 Applications reviewed
February 2017 Award allocations made by the Board of Supervisors
November 1, 2017 Final reports due

Eligibility Criteria


Witwer Trust grants will be made only to non-profit organizations that are located in Linn County, Iowa or that have a branch location in Linn County and whose project benefits Linn County residents. Proof of non-profit status is required. Applicants who have not submitted the required final report for previous Witwer Trust grants are not eligible for funding. Due to legal restrictions, Iowa Code Section 331.901(5),organizations under ecclesiastical or sectarian management are not eligible for Linn County grant funds. 

Types of Projects Eligible


Grant funds must be used for programs or projects that benefit Linn County residents. Requests for programmatic and capital projects are eligible; requests for operating support are not. Grants must be for expenses that have not yet been incurred.

An organization cannot receive funding for the same project from both the Witwer Trust and the Linn County Historic Preservation Grant Program.

Proposals


Only one application is allowed per organization. If an organization submits more than one grant application, all applications submitted by that organization will be deemed ineligible for grant funds and will not be reviewed.

Only one proposal is allowed per organization, and only one project is allowed per proposal. If an organization submits a proposal requesting funding for more than one project, the proposal will be deemed ineligible and will not be reviewed.

To ensure fairness for all, applications that are incomplete, do not follow the guidelines, or miss the deadline will not be reviewed. 

Link to Application


Click here to go to the online application

New applicantsread this.

Returning applicantsread this.

Grantee Requirements


  • Grant funding must be used for the project described in your application. If you find you need to use the funding for other purposes, you must request permission in writing prior to doing so. 
  • The Board of Supervisors may request a representative from your organization attend a public meeting to relate progress toward the completion of your project at any time.
  • Media releases, annual reports, and materials printed with grant funds should credit the Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust. Please contact Beverly.Hayden@linncounty.org for a logo for such materials.
  • A final report is required. A final report form will be sent to grant recipients and is available on this website. Documentation of grant expenses is required. Documentation can include copies of receipts or copies of paid invoices. This information is due to Linn County by November 1 following the grant award. Organizations that fail to meet this requirement will be ineligible for future Witwer Trust grants.
  • Any unexpended grant funds must be returned.

Evaluation Criteria


Grant applications will be scored based on how well they meet the following objectives:
  • Has potential for long-term impact
  • Serves a broad segment of the population or those at risk
  • Addresses an emerging need or provides a solution to an existing community and/or organizational need
  • Clearly describes project goals
  • Demonstrates sound financial plans for future funding of the project / program
  • Project developed in collaboration with other organizations or does not duplicate services

FAQs

A list of Frequently Asked Questions is available to the right on this page.


The Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust Grant Program 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 resources are limited.