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
Creation of 2nd entrance/exit and concrete pathway
Support for annual Our Woodland Legacy symposium
Willis Dady Homeless Services
Willis Dady Works – expansion of employment program/long-term supportive housing