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Linn County Board of Supervisors

Posted on: February 15, 2018

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

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded $80,000 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 more than $205,000 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 2018:

FY18 Grant Recipients


Organization Name


Project Name

Dollar Amount Awarded

African American Museum of Iowa

Juneteenth 2018


Artisan’s Sanctuary

Writers in the Storm Blog


Best Buddies Iowa

Linn County High School Friendship


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa

Staff and Program Development


Catherine McAuley Center

Offering Hope and Opportunity for Homeless Women in Linn County


Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation

Student Enrichment Grant Program


Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival

Special Needs Rock N Bowl


Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL)


Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity

2018 Hope Builders Home


Clothe-A-Child, Inc

2018 Clothe-A-Child Project


Coggon Area Betterment Association

Path to Preservation


Community Health Free Clinic

CHFC Prescription Services Program


Deafinitely Dogs

SUPER Volunteer Diversity Project


Eastern Iowa Health Center

Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank





Foundation 2

Healing Through Art Creation


Gems of Hope

Building Infrastructure for Growth


Henry Davison Youth Center

Essentials Kits


Indian Creek Nature Center

Acquiring Technology to Enhance Land & Education Efforts


Iowa Big

Seed Library


Iowa Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

Cribs for Kids


Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa

Empowering a Financially Capable and Career Ready Society


Linn County Trails Association

Light the Night Bike Light Giveaway


Marion Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Marion Arts Festival 2018


Marion East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club

Shoes for Kids


NTS, Program of Horizons a Family Service Alliance

Mental Health Transportation


Orchestra Iowa

2017-18 Music in the Schools


Peer Action Disability Support (PADS)

2018 Linn County ADA Celebration


Red Cedar Chamber Music

Chamber Music in Linn County Public Schools 2018


Riverview Center

Crisis Housing Assistance for Sexual Assault Survivors


Tanager Place

Home Away from Home


The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success (SPS)

The Academy Expansion Program


The Center for Working Families

Emergency Fund for Linn County Direct Support Workers


Theatre Cedar Rapids

Spotlight on Kids - Theatre Accessibility


Trees Forever

Trees Forever TreeKeepers: Volunteer Education, Engagement and Support Program


VALOR, Inc., dba Five Seasons Stand Down

Five Seasons Stand Down


West Wind Education Policy Foundation

Developing Implicit Bias Tools for the Empowerment Linn County Project


YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area

Providing Childcare Assistance To Those in Need


Young Parents Network (YPN)

YPN Organizational Enhancement – Phase 2


 Total Amount Awarded


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