BLN Community Grant Program

In 2015, the UI College of Public Health inaugurated the Business Leadership Network (BLN) Community Grant Program to support programs and activities that build collaborations and support community well-being.

Business Leadership Network Community Grant recipient locations 2016-2020

The purpose of the BLN Community Grant is to foster collaboration in Iowa communities in addressing areas of identified community health or public health need. The intent is also to begin or strengthen partnerships with business and industry and to link with the University of Iowa College of Public Health experts and resources in appropriate topical issues.

“We’re excited to support these locally initiated projects to improve community health,” says Edith Parker, dean of the College of Public Health. “The grant program is one way the college is partnering with communities and business leaders across the state to increase the well-being of Iowans.”

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations and local government entities in communities that are located within the state of Iowa. The grant program funds, in conjunction with an equal cash or in-kind match from another organization, will be used for public health-related initiatives and projects in the recipient communities.

2020 Grant Awards

The following five recipients will receive cash grant awards of up to $3,000:

  • BIO Girls – Davis County, Bloomfield
  • Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, Muscatine
  • Live Well Montgomery County, Red Oak
  • Northeast Iowa Wellness and Recreation Center, Postville
  • UnityPoint Health – Trinity, Bettendorf

Support for the community grant program is provided by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

Learn more about the community grant program and recipients:

2020 recipients

2019 recipients

2018 recipients

2017 recipients

2016 recipients

Download a brochure on the BLN community grant program:

BLN Community Grant Program Brochure cover

Learn more about the Business Leadership Network.

Questions or comments? Contact Tara McKee. This page was last reviewed on September 14, 2020.