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 2016-2019

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 Funding Opportunity

We are currently accepting proposals. Support for the community grant program is provided by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.


November 12, 2019 – Request Issued
January 15, 2020 – Proposals Due
February 17, 2020 – Awards Announced
March 1 – December 31, 2020 – Grant Project Time Frame

Topic areas: Include but are not limited to healthy lifestyles, population health, data accumulation, workplace safety/wellness, community needs assessment, children and youth issues, healthy aging, arts and health collaborations, and sustainability of multi-generational, livable communities.

Who is eligible: Nonprofit organizations and local government entities in the state of Iowa.

Funds available: Grant awards of up to $3,000 each will be made to applicants in communities within the state. Grants require a minimum 1:1 cash or in-kind match.

Download the RFP:

Previous Recipients

Learn more about the community grant program and recipients:

2019 recipients

2018 recipients

2017 recipients

2016 recipients

Download a brochure on the BLN community grant program:






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Questions or comments? Contact Tara McKee. This page was last reviewed on November 12, 2019.