Due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country and locally, Linn County has closed most buildings to the public to help reduce community spread of the virus and to help ensure continuity of County services.
The Linn County Historic Preservation Commission oversees the Historic Preservation Grant Program. The grant application cycle is currently closed. The next grant cycle will open in February 2021. An updated application will be posted on this webpage once the new grant cycle opens.
Please read the application carefully because it includes information on eligibility and the types of projects that are eligible for funding. Only non-profit organizations located in Linn County, Iowa, are eligible to apply. Individuals are not eligible. Due to legal restrictions, Iowa Code Section 331.901(5), organizations under ecclesiastical or sectarian management are not eligible for Linn County grant funds.
Previously funded projects must be complete and Final Report submitted in order to be eligible for 2021 funding.
Projects must be designed for the purpose of collecting and preserving historical materials, artifacts, places, or structures, including National Register of Historic Places nominations; maintaining a historical library or collection; conducting historical studies or research; issuing educational publications (not membership newsletters); providing public lectures of historical interest; attending historic preservation conferences; or otherwise disseminating a knowledge of the history of the area to the general public.
A grant briefing will be held once the application period opens for organizations interested in applying for the Historic Preservation Grant. Attendance provides organizations with the opportunity to discuss projects with the Commissioners prior to finalizing the application and, while not required, it is recommended.