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Historic Preservation Grant Program

Grants to Iowa Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations for Historical Preservation Projects

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Linn County Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)

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Deadline Date:

04/01/21 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations in eligible locations 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; attending historic preservation conferences; or otherwise disseminating a knowledge of the history of the area to the general public.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127639

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Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Projects are to be complete with a final report by March 15, 2022. Reasonable requests for extensions may be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility
- Organizations must be a non-profit located in Linn County and must show proof of non-profit status, such as an IRS opinion letter establishing tax-exempt status or official articles of incorporation. If an organization is a chapter of a national group, applicants must provide documentation that their Linn County chapter is recognized by the parent chapter. Due to legal restrictions, Iowa Code Section 331.901(5), organizations under ecclesiastical or sectarian management are not eligible for Linn County grant funds.
- Applicants must be in compliance with all reporting requirements for any previously approved Linn County historic preservation grant.
- 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.
- Applicants may not receive funding for the same project from this grant program and the Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust grant program.
- Requests must be for expenses not yet incurred and expenses that will not be incurred prior to notification of funding (typically July 1).

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Linn County Historic Preservation Commission will host a virtual grant briefing on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. via GoToMeeting for applicants interested in submitting a FY22 Historic Preservation Grant application. Attendance is not required; however, it is highly encouraged. There is no charge for the briefing.

If you plan to attend, please contact Stephanie Lientz.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications must be received online no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Applications are electronically date and timestamped upon submission.

- March 6, 2021: Grant briefing with Q&A session
- April 1, 2021: Application deadline
- April 21, 2021: Presentations to the Historic Preservation Commission (optional)
- May 5, 2021: Applications reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission
- June 1, 2021: Appeal deadline
- July 1, 2021: Funding announced/funded projects may begin
- March 15, 2022: Funded projects must be complete and final report submitted

Do not wait until the day of the deadline to start the application. It is recommended that you start your application as soon as possible so you have time to ask questions, if needed.

Applicants cannot apply for more than one project per application. A separate application is needed for each project.

Applicant Information:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For questions and webinar RSVPs, call 319-892-5138 or e-mail Stephanie Lientz at

Jean Oxley Linn County
Public Service Center
935 2nd Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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