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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 2018; however, the application process for fiscal year 2019 will open Friday, September 1, 2017 and close Friday, November 10, 2017. Applicants will receive notification of the Board’s decisions after the final budget is approved and published in March 2018. Funds approved to be distributed to block grant recipients in the fiscal year 2019 budget will be paid in biannual or quarterly payments between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. 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. You will find a link to the report template for the fiscal year 2018 grant recipients in the timeline below.

For more information about Johnson County block grants, contact Board Office staff at blockgrants@co.johnson.ia.us or call 319-356-6000.

Fiscal Year 2018 Timeline for Economic Development & Quality of Life Block Grants

November 10, 2016: Applications due
December 2016 – January 2017: Board of Supervisors reviews applications during budget meetings
Late March 2017 – April 2017: Fiscal Year 2019 County Budget is approved and applicants are notified
June 2017: Block grant contracts are approved by the Board during a Formal Meeting and mailed to recipients
On or around August 15, 2017: First quarterly or biannual payments are mailed to recipients
January 31, 2018: Mid-year report* is due – click here for the FY2018 report form
July 31, 2018: End-of-year report* is due – click here for the FY2018 report form

Fiscal Year 2019 Timeline for Economic Development & Quality of Life Block Grants

September 1, 2017: Application period opens
November 10, 2017: Applications due
December 2017 – January 2018: Board of Supervisors reviews applications during budget meetings
Late March 2018 – April 2018: Fiscal Year 2019 County Budget is approved and applicants are notified
June 2018: Block grant contracts are approved by the Board during a Formal Meeting and mailed to recipients
On or around August 15, 2018: First quarterly or biannual payments are mailed to recipients
January 31, 2019: Mid-year report* is due – report form available fall 2018
July 31, 2019: End-of-year report* is due – report form available fall 2018

*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 Economic Development Block Grant application. Application period will open on 9/1/2017.

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 9/1/2017.

Other Johnson County Block Grants

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



2018 Tab

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 Library Website
$12,992 Swisher Community Library Website

2017 Tab

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 Tab

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 Tab

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