Each year, through the budgeting process, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors allocates funds to promote economic development in Johnson County and enhance the quality of life of its resident. The grants that are taxpayer-funded and the Board of Supervisors is committed to careful allocation and oversight of these funds.

The Board awarded all available block grant funds for the Fiscal Year 2022; however the application process for Fiscal Year 2023 will open October 1, 2021 and close November 15, 2021. Applicants will receive notification of the Board's decisions after the final budget is approved and published in March 2022. Funds approved to be distributed to block grants recipients in the Fiscal Year 2023 budget will be paid in biannual or quarterly payments between August 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Grant recipients are required to submit two reports on the impact of the grant funds, a mid-year report by January 31 and en end-of-year report by July 31 of their award year. Click here for the report template.

For more information about Johnson County block grants, contact Board Office staff at [email protected] or call 319-356-6000.

Fiscal Year 2023 Timeline

October 1, 2021: Application period opens
November 15, 2021: Applications due
December 2021 - January 2022: Board of Supervisors review applications during budget meeting
Late March 2022 - April 2022: Fiscal Year 2023 County Budget is approved and applications are notified
June 2022 - July 2022: Block grant contracts are approved by the Board during a Formal Meeting and mailed to recipients
August 1, 2022: First quarter invoices due
On or before August 15, 2022: First quarterly or biannual payments are mailed to recipients
November 1, 2022: Second quarter invoices due
January 31, 2023: Mid-year report* is due - Report form available here
February 1, 2023: Third quarter invoices due
May 1, 2023: Fourth quarter invoices due
July 31, 2023: End-of-year report* is due - Report form available here

*Failure to submit required reports will affect eligibility in subsequent years.

Fiscal Year 2022 Timeline

October 1, 2020: Application period opens
November 15, 2020: Applications due
December 2020  - January 2021: Board of Supervisors reviews applications during budget meetings
Late March 2021 - April 2021: Fiscal Year 2022 County Budget is approved and applicants are notified
June 2021 - July 2021: Block grant contracts are approved by the Board during a Formal Meeting and mailed to recipients
August 1, 2021: First quarter invoices due
On or around August 15, 2021: First quarterly or biannual payments are mailed to recipients
November 1, 2021: Second quarter invoices due
January 31, 2022: Mid-year report* is due - Report form available here
February 1, 2022: Third quarter invoices due
May 1, 2022: Fourth quarter invoices due
July 31, 2022: End-of-year report* is due - Report form available here

*Failure to submit required reports will affect eligibility in subsequent years.

Although the awards are distributed from one pool of funds set aside for these grants, these are separate applications for Economic Development grants & Quality of Life grants, done for classification purposes only. Please read each set of objectives to choose the block grant application that best matches your intent for requested funds. Then, fill out the corresponding online application form.

Economic Development Block Grant

In making these grants, the Board will consider the following objectives:

  • To maintain a fiscally responsible County budget;
  • To support general economic development goals as identified in the Land Use Plan and to promote rural economic development in particular;
  • To create/encourage public/private partnerships;
  • To increase and diversify the County tax base;
  • To maintain, or improve the County's standard of living; and/or
  • To improve workforce opportunities for Johnson County residents

Click here for the Economic Development Block Grant application. Application period will open on 10/1/2021

 

Quality of Life Block Grant

In making these grants, the Board will consider the following objectives:

  • To improve the quality of life for County residents;
  • To become a more livable community;
  • To maintain a fiscally responsible County budget; and/or
  • To create/encourage public/private partnerships.

Click here for Quality of Life Block Grant application. Application period will open on 10/1/2021

 

Past Block Grant Recipients

Fiscal Year 2022- $412,020 Awarded
Economic Development
 
$82,520 Field to Family Website
$71,530 Iowa City Area Development Group Website
$89,400 Johnson County Agricultural Association Website
$14,430 Workplace Learning Connection Website
 
 
Quality of Life
 
$21,000 Iowa City Bike Library Website
$62,430 Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center Website
$8,650 Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Website
$20,000 Johnson County Historical Society Website
$1,000 Lower Cedar Watershed Management Authority Website
$14,000 Rural Health and Safety of Eastern Iowa Website
 
 
Quality of Life Libraries
 
$7,060 Antelope Lending Library Website
$2,000 Lone Tree Community School Library Website
$11,000 Oxford Public Library Website
$7,000 Springmier Community Library Website

 

Fiscal Year 2021- $393,295 Awarded
Economic Development
 
$81,367 Field to Family Website
$65,000 Iowa City Area Development Group Website
$93,000 Johnson County Agricultural Association Website
$14,425 Workplace Learning Connection Website
 
 
Quality of Life
 
$8,628 Iowa City Bike Library Website
$60,300 Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center Website
$8,075 Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Website
$20,000 Johnson County Historical Society Website
$14,000 Rural Health and Safety of Greater Johnson County Website
 
 
Quality of Life Libraries
 
$7,000 Antelope Lending Library Website
$2,000 Lone Tree Community School Library Website
$11,000 Oxford Public Library Website
$7,000 Springmier Community Library Website 

 

Fiscal Year 2020- $1,013,090 Awarded
Economic Development
 
$73,665 Field to Family Website
$$65,000 Iowa City Area Development Group Website
$103,000 Johnson County Agricultural Association Website
$14,425 Workplace Learning Connection Website 

 

Quality of Life
 
$630,000 Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County Website
$8,500 Iowa City Bike Library Website
$60,000 Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center Website
$7,500 Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Website
$20,000 Johnson County Historical Society Website
$15,000 Rural Health and Safety of Greater Johnson County Website

 

Quality of Life Libraries
 
$2,000 Lone Tree Community School Library Website
$7,000 Oxford Public Library Website
$7,000 Springmier Community Library Website

 

Fiscal Year 2019- $485,141 Awarded

$4,700: Antelope Lending Library - Website
$83,107: Field to Family Food Hub - Website
$14,136: Field to Family Food Label - Website
$100,000: Good will of the Heartland - Website
$56,000: Iowa City Area Development Group - Website
$17,000: Iowa City Bike Library - Website
$60,000: Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center - Website
$6,600: Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature - Website
$103,000: Johnson County Agricultural Association - Website
$15,500: Johnson County Historical Society - Website
$15,000: Rural Health and Safety of Greater Johnson County- Website
$10,098: Workplace Learning Connection at Kirkwood Community College - Website

Fiscal Year 2018- $310,205 Awarded
$20,000: Grow Johnson County - Website
$56,000: Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group - Website
$5,000: Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature - Website
$60,000: Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center - Website
$103,000: Johnson County Agricultural Association - Website
$18,000: Johnson County Historical Society - Website
$15,000: Rural Health and Safety Clinic of Greater Johnson County- Website
$7,213: Workplace Learning Connection at Kirkwood Community College - Website
$4,000: Springmier Community Library Website
$2,000: Lone Tree Community Library - Website
$7,000: Oxford Public Library - Website
$12,992: Swisher Community Library - Website
Fiscal Year 2017- $342,721 Awarded

$16,000: Grow Johnson County - Website
$52,500: Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group - Website
$3,500: Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature - Website
$59,244: Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center - Website
$3,000: Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development - Website
$145,000: Johnson County Agricultural Association - Website
$21,000: Johnson County Historical Society - Website
$4,000: KICI Radio at Uptown Bills - Website
$10,000: Rural Health and Safety Clinic of Greater Johnson County- Website
$6,500: Workplace Learning Connection at Kirkwood Community College- Website
$2,000: Springmier Community Library Website
$2,000: Lone Tree Community Library - Website
$7,000: Oxford Public Library - Website
$11,000: Swisher Community Library - Website

 

Fiscal Year 2016- $299,265 Awarded

$95,000: Johnson County Agricultural Association - Website
$6,544: Workplace Learning Connection at Kirkwood Community College- Website
$59,244: Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center - Website
$3,000: Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature - Website
$50,000: Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group - Website
$20,000: Grow Johnson County - Website
$25,000: Johnson County Historical Society - Website
$17,000: Rural Health and Safety Clinic of Greater Johnson County- Website
$3,000: Johnson County Food Policy Council- Website
$2,500: Solon Senior Advocates, Inc - Website
$2,000: Springmier Community Library Website
$2,000: Lone Tree Community Library - Website
$7,000: Oxford Public Library - Website
$7,000: Swisher Community Library - Website

Fiscal Year 2015- $311,524 Awarded
$95,000: Johnson County Agricultural Association - Website
$6,500: Workplace Learning Connection at Kirkwood Community College- Website
$59,224: Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center- Website
$15,000: Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development (IVRCD)- Website
$500: Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature- Website
$50,000: Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group- Website
$38,300: Johnson County Historical Society- Website
$17,000: Rural Health and Safety Clinic of Greater Johnson County- Website
$7,000: Community Corrections Improvement Association (CCIA)- Website
$5,000: Johnson County Food Policy Council- Website
$2,000: Springmier Community Library Website
$2,000: Lone Tree Community Library- Website
$7,000: Oxford Public Library- Website
$7,000: Swisher Community Library- Website

 

Other Johnson County Block Grant Opportunities

If neither Board of Supervisors Block Grant fits you intent, then explore our Social Services Block Grants