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Linn County Awards Witwer Trust Grants to Two Dozen Non-Profits

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded $80,000 in grants from the Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust Fund to 24 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 $298,000 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 LinnCountyIowa.gov/Witwer.

The following organizations received Witwer Trust grant funding for fiscal year 2023:

FY23 Witwer Trust Grant Recipients

Organization Name


Project Name

Dollar Amount Awarded
African American Museum of Iowa Building Relationships for Our Future: A New Contact Database for the AAMI $4,400


Catherine McAuley Center Essential Supplies and Transportation for Women Experiencing Homelessness in Linn County $3,300
Cedar Boat Club July 3rd Fireworks Show $4,900
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity Affordable Repairs Program $2,500
Central City Senior Dining Home Delivery Supply Replacement Project $2,300
Coggon Area Betterment Association Door to Door $3,000
Community Health Free Clinic Prescription Services Support $4,900
Community Resources United to Stop Heroin (CRUSH of (Iowa) CRUSH Recovery Community Center (CRUSH RCC) $2,600
Eastern Iowa Arts Academy Music & Arts Studio Scholarships $2,000
Ely, Iowa, Friends of the Public Library Enrich the Pantry $2,500
Families Helping Families of Iowa Providing Shoes for Linn County Youth in Foster Care $2,500
Foundation 2 Crisis Services Transportation Support at The Linn County Access Center $2,500
Hiawatha Public Library Dinosaur Encounters! $500
Horizons, A Family Service Alliance Meals on Wheels Kitchen Equipment $2,500
Kids First Law Center Restorative Justice Prevents Youth Violence $3,900
LBA Foundation LBA Youth Mental Wellness Program $4,000
Matthew 25 Free Produce Project $4,200
Refugee Immigrant Association & Hoover Community School LIFE (Linn County Integration project For Emerging Communities $5,000
Riverview Center Linn County Sexual Assault/Abuse Crisis Intervention Project $5,000
Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Inc. No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town! IA-Cedar Rapids Marion 2023 $4,500
Southeast Linn Community Center Kitchen Range Replacement $2,000
Springville Area Neighborhood Services and Information (SANSI) SANSI Facility Rental $3,000
The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success Expansion Program The Academy Expansion Program Support: Setting Goals, Planting Seeds, Nurturing Dreams, Growing Our Future $4,000
Waypoint Waypoint Domestic Violence Fleeing Assistance Project $4,000
 Total Amount Awarded $80,000
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