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Posted on: February 9, 2021

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

Witwer Trust

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded $80,000 in grants from the Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust Fund to 21 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 $198,000 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 2021:

FY 21 Grant Recipients


Organization Name


Project Name

Dollar Amount Awarded

African American Heritage Foundation

High Quality In-House Production Capabilities




Big Brothers Big Sisters


Strengthen mentor relationships




Catherine McAuley Center


A Place of Welcome: Expansion of the Center



Cedar Rapids Public Library


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library



Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity

2021 Women Build



Community Health Free Clinic

Prescription Services



Discovery Living 

The Happify Experience – Improving Caregiver Physical, Mental and Emotional Health



Eastern Iowa Health Center


Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank



Families Helping Families of Iowa


Providing shoes for Linn County’s children in foster care



Family Promise of Linn County


Diversion, Prevention and Stability for Linn County Families



Horizons A Family Service Alliance

Transportation Jumpstart




Iowa Legal Aid


Parent Representation Project



McKinley STEAM Academy


Walking Trail




Monroe Township Fire Department Association 

Rescue Equipment 2020




Peer Action Disability Support


Linn County ADA Celebration 2021




Riverview Center

Linn County Sexual Assault/Abuse Crisis Prevention Project



Tanager Place

LGBTQ Youth Center




The Academy for Scholastic & Personal Success

The Academy Expansion Program Support: Planting Dreams



Trees Forever


TreeKeepers and Growing Futures Support



VALOR, Inc. (Five Season Stand Down)

Stand Down 2021



Willis Dady Homeless Services 


Homelessness Prevention & Street Outreach




 Total Amount Awarded


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