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Johnson County Board of Supervisors
Economic Development &
Quality of Life Block Grants

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 residents. The grants 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 Fiscal Year 2021; however, the application process for Fiscal Year 2022 will open October 1, 2020 and close November 15, 2020. Applicants will receive notification of the Board’s decisions after the final budget is approved and published in March 2021. Funds approved to be distributed to block grant recipients in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget will be paid in biannual or quarterly payments between August 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Grant recipients are required to submit two reports on the impact of the grant funds, a mid-year report by January 31 and an 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 2021 Timeline for Economic Development & Quality of Life Block Grants

October 1, 2019: Application period opens 
November 30, 2019: Applications due 
December 2019 – January 2020: Board of Supervisors reviews applications during budget meetings 
Late March 2020 – April 2020: Fiscal Year 2021 County Budget is approved and applicants are notified 
June 2020 – July 2020 : Block grant contracts are approved by the Board during a Formal Meeting and mailed to recipients
August 1, 2020: First quarter invoices due  
On or around August 15, 2020: First quarterly or biannual payments are mailed to recipients 
November 1, 2020: Second quarter invoices due 
January 31, 2021: Mid-year report* is due –  Report form available here 
February 1, 2021: Third quarter invoices due 
May 1, 2021: Fourth quarter invoices due 
July 31, 2021: 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 for Economic Development & Quality of Life Block Grants

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 – May 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, there 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 10/1/2020.

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 10/1/2020.

Other Johnson County Block Grants

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


2019 Tab

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
Goodwill 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
$10,098
Workplace Learning Connection at Kirkwood Community College Website


2018 Grants

Fiscal Year 2018 - $310,205.00 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
$7,213
Workplace Learning Connection @ Kirkwood Website
$4,000
Clear Creek Amana - Springmeier Website
$2,000
Lone Tree Community Library Website
$7,000
Oxford Public Librar Website
$12,992
Swisher Community Library Website

2017 Grants

Fiscal Year 2017 - $342,724.00 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
$6,500
Workplace Learning Connection @ Kirkwood Website
$2,000
Clear Creek Amana - Springmeier Website
$2,000
Lone Tree Community Library Website
$7,000
Oxford Public Library Website
$11,000
Swisher Community Library Website

2016 Grants

Fiscal Year 2016 - $299,268.00 Awarded

$95,000
Johnson County Agricultural Association Website
$6,544
Workplace Learning Connection @ Kirkwood 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
$3,000
Johnson County Food Policy Council Website
$2,500
Solon Senior Advocates, Inc Website
$2,000
Clear Creek Amana - Springmeier Website
$2,000
Lone Tree Community Library Website
$7,000
Oxford Public Library Website
$7,000
Swisher Community Library Website

2015 Grants

Fiscal Year 2015 - $311,524.00 Awarded

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