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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for Historic Preservation Projects

Historic Preservation Grant Program

Linn County Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #127639

Grant Description

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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for historic 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 aligned to one of the following categories:

Artifact / Collection Preservation

  • Collecting and preserving historical artifacts, materials, places, cemeteries or monuments¬†
  • Maintaining a historical library or collection
  • Conducting historical studies or research; including National Register of Historic Places nominations;

Building / Structure Treatment, Preservation or Restoration

  • Structure work for properties on or eligible for the National Register will be given priority. Applications that involve structure work are required to submit a Property Condition Worksheet and photos (see Grant Application Instructions in Supporting Documents below)

Interpretive Program

  • Issuing educational publications (not membership newsletters)
  • Providing public lectures of historical interest
  • Hosting conferences/meetings, trainings or awareness events (e.g., genealogy research days, community digitization days, etc.)
  • Or otherwise disseminating a knowledge of the history of the area to the general public.

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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 may not 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 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. for applicants interested in submitting a FY23 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 for information on how to join the meeting.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications must be received online no later than 5 p.m. on April 1, 2022. Applications are electronically date and timestamped upon submission.

- March 5, 2022: Grant briefing with Q&A session
- April 1, 2022: Application deadline
- April 20, 2022: Presentations to the Historic Preservation Commission (optional)
- May 4, 2022: Applications reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission
- June 1, 2022: Appeal deadline
- July 1, 2022: Funding announced/funded projects may begin
- March 15, 2023: 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.

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

Applicant Information:

Additional Funding Information:

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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, 2023. Reasonable requests for extensions may be considered.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

Property Condition Form:

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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