Economic Development Fund

The grant cycle for the Linn County Economic Development Fund is currently closed. The next grant cycle will begin in spring 2019. 

About the Fund

The Linn County Economic Development Fund was established to foster and support economic growth and enhance quality of life in Linn County. Economic Development grants are for organizations that are located in Linn County, Iowa or that have a branch location in Linn County and whose work benefits Linn County residents.

Linn County Board of Supervisors implemented a new process for organizations seeking economic development funding from the county in fiscal year 2016. The new process creates a more formalized application and reporting process to better measure the impact of funding and enhances the accountability of successful applicants.

For the current FY19 Economic Development Fund, $140,000 is available. 

This is a competitive application process.

FY19 Application

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

The deadline to submit the FY19 application was 4 p.m. June 29, 2018. See application packet for submission instructions.

Eligibility Criteria

Economic Development grants will be made to organizations that are located in Linn County, Iowa or that have a branch location in Linn County and whose work benefits Linn County residents.

Applicants who have not completed previously funded projects or submitted the required final report for previous Economic Development grants are not eligible for funding.

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. 

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

  • Promote economic growth for Linn County
  • Demonstrate return on investment dollars
  • Do not duplicate current economic development initiatives
  • Demonstrate a sustainability plan for project continuation beyond Linn County funding 

Timeline for FY19

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

May 2018                            Application becomes available
May - June 2018                 Optional presentations to the Board of Supervisors
June 22, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.   Deadline to request making a presentation to the Board of Supervisors
June 29, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.   Application deadline
July - August 2018            Application review
August 2018                    Award notification
April 30, 2019                  Final reports due for FY19 grant recipients

The Linn County Board of Supervisors Economic Development Fund 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 of limited resources. Preference may be given to new applicants.

For Questions Contact:

​Barbara Schmitz, Executive Assistant to the Board of Supervisors

Final Reports​

Final reports for the FY19 grant cycle are due April 30, 2019.