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Historic Preservation Grant Program

Grants to Iowa Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions for Historical Preservation Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Linn County Historic Preservation Commission

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

04/01/20 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for historical preservation projects. Funding is intended for programs and activities that promote the preservation of historic structures and resources, encourage historical studies and research, and promote the dissemination of knowledge of the history of the area to the general public. Eligible organizations are located in and serve Linn County. Structure work for properties on or eligible for the National Register will be given priority.

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; and attending historic preservation conferences.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127639

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical grant awards are under $5,000, however they are not limited to that number.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects may begin July 1, 2020, and must be completed by March 15, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only non-profit organizations located in Linn County, Iowa, are eligible to apply. 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 be eligible for funding.

Individuals are not eligible. Applicants cannot be current Linn County Historic Preservation Commissioners nor may a current Commissioner present a grant application project on an applicant’s behalf.

Grant funds may not be used for the purchase of physical structures, e.g., buildings.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A grant briefing will be held on February 29, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fairfax Public Library, for organizations interested in applying for the Historic Preservation Grant. Attendance provides organizations with the opportunity to discuss projects with the Commissioners prior to finalizing the application and, while not required, it is recommended.

Fairfax Public Library
313 Vanderbilt St
Fairfax, IA 52228

There is no charge for the briefing, but attendees should contact Mike Tertinger to reserve a spot.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 5:00 PM, on April 1, 2020.

All grant applicants will be given the opportunity to make an optional 10-minute presentation to the Linn County Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) on April 15, 2020. A presentation is not required, and the absence of a presentation will not reflect negatively on an applicant; however, a presentation is highly recommended as there are often questions from the HPC.

- February 29, 2020: Grant Briefing: Grants application Q/A session
- April 1, 2020: Application deadline (this is not a postmark deadline)
- April 15, 2020: Presentation to the Historic Preservation Commission (optional)
- May 6, 2020: Applications reviewed by Historic Preservation Commission
- June 1, 2020: Appeal deadline
- July 1, 2020: Funding announced
- July 1, 2020: Funded projects may begin
- March 15, 2021: Funding projects must be complete and a final report submitted.

Applicants must complete a Property Condition Worksheet if they are requesting funding for structural projects (including but not limited to roofs, tuck-pointing, painting, windows, flooring, wallpaper, doors, etc.).

Matching funds are not required; however, applicants that show project funding commitments from other sources or their own funds are more competitive.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail, hand deliver or email completed applications to:
Linn County Historic Preservation Commission
c/o Linn County Planning and Development Department
935 Second Street SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
Attn: Mike Tertinger

Direct questions and RSVP to the Grant Briefing to Mike Tertinger at the email address above, or call:

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