Legacy and Community Attraction Fund

About the Fund

The Board of Supervisors established the Linn County Legacy and Community Attraction Fund to foster and support long-standing, new, and diverse community events in Linn County. Legacy and Community Attraction grants will be made only to non-profit organizations located in Linn County, Iowa or with a branch location in Linn County, and whose work and/or event directly benefits Linn County residents.

For the current FY21 Legacy and Community Attraction Fund, $150,000 is available.

This is a competitive application process.

Fiscal Year 2021 Application

The complete application criteria, evaluation criteria, and application packet is available for download here (PDF).

The deadline to submit the Fiscal Year 2021 application is 4 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2020. See application packet for submission instructions.

Eligibility Criteria

Legacy and Community Attraction grants will be made only to organizations located in Linn County, Iowa or with a branch location in Linn County, and whose work and/or event directly benefits Linn County residents. 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 may be used only for events and/or by entities that substantially promote Linn County history and/or culture and/or work to draw in residents and outside visitors alike. Priority is given to requests for events and programmatic and capital projects over requests for operating support. Grant funds may be used only for expenses that have not yet been incurred.

Preferred applications will be for projects/programs that accomplish the following:

  • Promote Linn County via opportunities for historical education or community attraction
  • Demonstrate a return on investment dollars
  • Do not duplicate current or long-standing events in Linn County

Projects are funded for one-year increments.

Timeline for Fiscal Year 2021

These dates are subject to change at the County’s discretion:

  • July 2020 Application becomes available
  • July 31, 2020 - 4 p.m. Application deadline
  • August 2020 Application review
  • August 2020 Award notification
  • July 30, 2021 Final reports (PDF) due for FY21 grant recipients

The Linn County Board of Supervisors Legacy and Community Attraction Fund will receive more funding requests than can be approved. If an application for a worthwhile program is not approved, the 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 legacy and/or new applicants.

In an effort to provide substantial, quality awards, a maximum of five awards will be given. Funding decisions will be made in August.

For Questions Contact

Email Barbara Schmitz, Executive Assistant to the Board of Supervisors or call 319-892-5101.

Final Reports

Final reports for the FY21 grant cycle are due July 30, 2021.