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Posted on: February 16, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Linn County Board of Supervisors Award $81,000 in Witwer Trust Grants

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded $81,614 in grants from the Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust Fund to 39 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 nearly $175,000 in grant requests.

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 funding in 2017:

FY17 Witwer Trust Grant Recipients

Organization Name
Project Name

Dollar Amount Awarded

African American Heritage Foundation dba African American Museum of Iowa
Video Surveillance System Upgrade


Alzheimer’s Association
Enhanced Safety for Persons with Alzheimer’s or Dementia


Best Buddies Iowa
Linn County High School Friendship Program


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa
Male Mentoring Project: Phase II


Catherine McAuley Center
Offering Hope and Opportunity through Adult English Education


Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation
Student Enrichment Program


Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival
Special Needs Rock N Bowl


Cedar Valley Friends of the Family
Victim Services Programming


Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity
2017 Hope Builders Home


Coggon Area Betterment Association
Window Replacement in Coggon Center


Community Circle of Care, Inc.
2017 Sleep-Out


Community Health Free Clinic
CHFC Prescription Services Program


Cornell College
AED Enhancement to Community CPR Training Initiative


Discovery Living, Inc.
Home Accessibility and Independence Initiative


Eastern Iowa Health Center
Reach Out and Read


Families Helping Families of Iowa
Clothing Closet Car Seats


Foundation 2, Inc.
Website Mobile Optimization


Gems of Hope
Join the Gems Circle


HACAP Food Reservoir
Eastern Iowa Freedom from Hunger


Hope Community Development Association
Construction Jobs Training Program


Iowa Dental Foundation
10th Annual Iowa Mission of Mercy


Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
Cultivating a Skilled Future Workforce through Junior Achievement Programs


Kids First Law Center
Help Us Help Kids


Marion Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Marion Arts Festival 2017


Marion East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club
Shoes for Kids


NTS, program of Horizons a Family Service Alliance
Horizons Mental Health Rides


Orchestra Iowa
2016-17 Music in the Schools


Peer Action Disability Support
2017 ADA Celebration


Riverview Center
Transportation Assistance for Crime Victims to Receive Trauma-Informed Services


Tanager Place
Children of Promise


The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success (SPS)
The Academy Expansion Program


The Arc of East Central Iowa
Disability Supports and Programming Enhancements


The Hook
The Living Room Series


The Natural Conservancy in Iowa
Wetland Restorations Upstream of Cedar Rapids for Reduced Flood Risk and Improved Water Quality


Theatre Cedar Rapids
Spotlight on Kids - Theatre Accessibility


Trees Forever
Trees Forever: Supplies for Volunteers


VALOR, Inc., dba Five Seasons Stand Down
Five Seasons Stand Down


YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area
Providing Access to Quality Child Care for All Income Levels


Young Parents Network
YPN Organizational Enhancement Grant


 Total Amount Awarded


Printable List of Grant Recipients...
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