Historic Preservation Grant Program

The Linn County Historic Preservation Commission oversees the Historic Preservation Grant Program. Grant applications for the FY18 grant cycle are currently being accepted. 

The deadline to apply for the FY18 grant cycle is April 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.


Please read the application carefully because it includes information on eligibility and the types of projects that are eligible for funding. Only non-profit organizations located in Linn County, Iowa, are eligible to apply. Individuals are not eligible. Due to legal restrictions, Iowa Code Section 331.901(5), organizations under ecclesiastical or sectarian management are not eligible for Linn County grant funds.

Previously funded projects must be complete and reporting requirements must be met in order to apply for funding.

Projects must be designed for the purpose of collecting and preserving historical materials, artifacts, places, or structures, including National Register of Historic Places nominations; maintaining a historical library or collection; conducting historical studies or research; issuing educational publications (not membership newsletters); providing public lectures of historical interest; attending historic preservation conferences; or otherwise disseminating a knowledge of the history of the area to the general public.

​Grant Briefing

A grant briefing will be held March 4, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. for applicants interested in applying for the FY18 Historic Preservation Grant. The briefing will be held at the Mount Vernon City Hall, 213 First St. NW in Mount Vernon. Attendance is not required; however, it is strongly encouraged. Attendees should email mike.tertinger@linncounty.org to RSVP or call (319) 892-5130.

FY18 Application Forms

Links to the FY18 Historic Preservation application forms are provided below. Both PDF and Word versions are available.

FY18 Historic Preservation Grant Application - Word Document 
FY18 Historic Preservation Grant Application - PDF Document

A Property Condition Worksheet must be filled out by applicants requesting funding for structural projects (including but not limited to roofs, tuckpointing, painting, windows, flooring, wallpaper, doors, etc.).

Property Condition Worksheet - Word Document
Property Condition Worksheet - PDF Document

Scoring Matrix

The grant reviewers use this scoring matrix form when reviewing grant applications.

5-year Funding History

A list of projects funded in the last five years is available here.

FY17 Final Reports​

All grant recipients must complete a final report. Final reports and expense documentation for the FY17 Historic Preservation Grant Program must be received by March 15, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. Organizations must complete their grant-funded projects and be current on the reporting requirements to be eligible for future grant funding. 

For questions, call (319) 892-5130 or email mike.tertinger@linncounty.org.