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Posted on: December 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Linn County Awards Economic and Community Development Funds


The Linn County Board of Supervisors this week awarded $130,000 in economic and community development funding to eight Linn County organizations. 

“We are pleased to support the work of these community organizations. Each project will have a direct impact on improving the quality of life of Linn County residents. The total amount requested always exceeds the amount of available funding, which makes selecting the grant recipients difficult. It was especially difficult this year because the need is so great and there were many worthy organizations that applied,” Linn County Supervisor Chair Ben Rogers said.

Twenty-two organizations applied for funding with total requests exceeding $400,000. 

The Linn County Economic and Community Development Fund was established to foster and support economic growth and enhance quality of life in Linn County. This is an annual competitive application process. 

The following organizations were awarded economic development funding this year:




Academy for Scholastic & Personal Success

Summer academy for students of color


City of Center Point

Center Point/Washington Township fire station


Feed Iowa First

Equitable Land Access program


Mount Mercy University Jump Start Program

Jr. WNBA/NBA leagues for low income/first generation children


NewBo City Market

Start-Up Space Grants – assistance for first-year women, persons of color and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs


Prospect Meadows

Creation of 2nd entrance/exit and concrete pathway


Trees Forever

Support for annual Our Woodland Legacy symposium


Willis Dady Homeless Services

Willis Dady Works – expansion of employment program/long-term supportive housing





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