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Posted on: February 11, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Linn County Board of Supervisors Awards $80,000 in Witwer Trust Grants

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded $80,000 in grants from the Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust Fund to 31 non-profit organizations whose work benefits Linn County residents. The recipients were selected through an annual competitive grant process that began in November. The Board of Supervisors received more than $180,000 in grant requests with $80,000 in available funds.

The Witwer Trust was established by Weaver Witwer, a prominent Cedar Rapids grocer and landowner who died in 1979. Mr. Witwer owned and operated a food processing plant, a number of local farms, and what became known as the Me Too grocery stores.

The Witwer Trust grant cycle begins November 1 of each year. For more information about the Witwer Trust grant program, visit

The following organizations received Witwer Trust grant funding in 2020:

FY20 Grant Recipients


Organization Name


Project Name

Dollar Amount Awarded

African American Heritage Foundation

Video surveillance system phase II


Big Brothers Big Sisters

Strengthen mentor relationships


Cedar Rapids Public Library


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library


Cedar Valley Humane Society

Community pet care assistance


City of Central City

Splashpad resurface project


Coggon Area Betterment Association

Roof repair


Community Health Free Clinic

Medication help


Discovery Living

Accessible home ramps


Eastern Iowa Health Center

Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank



EcoFest 2020


Families Helping Families of Iowa

Providing shoes for Linn County’s children in foster care


Feed Iowa First

“Growing with Feed Iowa First”


Foundation 2

Crisis services cards


Four Oaks Family and Children’s Services

TotalChild Workforce


Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP)

Eastern Iowa Freedom from Hunger


Iowa Legal Aid

Improving legal services with upgraded equipment


Kinyange House

Immigrants’ basic needs


Legion Arts

Legends, Statements and Stars


Linn County Jail Chaplaincy Program (Fresh Start Ministries)

RISE Program new employment clothing


Marion Chamber Foundation

Marion Arts Festival 2020


Monarch Research Project

Linn Landowner Forum 2020


Neighborhood Transportation Service (NTS)

Transportation Jumpstart


Opportunity Center at Ladd Library

Emergency fund for people who live and work in Linn County


Peer Action Disability Support

Linn County ADA Celebration


Tanager Place

Children of Promise


The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success

The Academy Expansion Program


The Arc of East Central Iowa

Community integration transportation


The Wellness Center

Pain management clinic


Trees Forever

Treekeepers and Growing Futures tree planting and care


VALOR, Inc. (Five Season Stand Down)

Stand Down 2020


Willis Dady Homeless Services

Prevention and employment programs


 Total Amount Awarded


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