Current Available Grant List

Please check back often as grants will be updated as information is available.  Grants with an upcoming deadline are listed first. Grants with an open deadline are listed at the end of the page

Grants due in June:

  • Iowa Living Roadway Trust Fund – Working through many partners in Iowa, the Living Roadway Trust Fund (LRTP) supports integrated roadside vegetation management (IRVM) programs; and educates the public on the benefits, use and care of roadside vegetation, including native plants. For more information, click here. Applications due by June 1.
  • Rural Business Development Grants – The RBDG program provides targeted technical assistance, training and other activities to develop or expand small and emerging private, rural businesses that will employ 50 or fewer new employees and have less than $1 million in gross annual revenues. For more information, click here. Applications due by June 1.
  • Small MATCH Grant Program – Their goal is to support projects that build on the assets unique to a community and address local health needs. Challenge grants up to $25,000 to be matched 50 percent. For more information, click here. Applications due by June 8.
  • People for Bikes Community Grant Program – Funding provided for projects with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development. For more information, click here. Letter of interest due by June 11.
  • Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Program – This program provides financial assistance to improve rail facilities that will create jobs, spur economic activity and improve the rail transportation system in Iowa. Anticipating approximately $3.1 million available for eligible projects. For more information, click here. Applications due by June 15.

Grants due in July:

  • Iowa Solid Waste Alternatives Program – Programs to encourage landfill alternatives – recycling, diversion, new technologies, new manufacturing processes, etc. For more information, click here. Applications due by July 1.
  • Iowa CDBG Water and Sewer Fund – Funds awarded through this annual competitive program assist cities and counties with projects such as sanitary sewer system improvements, water system improvements, water and wastewater treatment facility projects, storm sewer projects related to sanitary sewer system improvements and rural water connections. For more information, click here. Applications due July 1.
  • Iowa State Recreational Trails (SRT) Program – This program allows states to allocate grants for trails and trail-related projects. For more information, click here.  Applications due by July 1.
  • ART Works Grant – Art works by enhancing the value of individuals and communities by connecting each other and by empowering creativity and innovation in our society and economy. For more information, click here. Applications due by July 12(round 2 phase).
  • Voices for Healthy Kids – The initiative aims to engage, organize, and mobilize people to help all children grow up at a healthy weight. Voices for Healthy Kids will advance coordinated state, local, and tribal public policy issue advocacy campaigns focuses on healthy eating and active living, and will utilize the American Heart Association’s proven advocacy capacity to drive meaningful and widespread policy change. For more information, click here. Applications due July 13.
  • Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism Grant – The Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) program assists communities in the development and creation of multiple purpose attraction or tourism facilities. CAT awards can help position a community to take advantage of economic development opportunities in tourism and strengthen a community’s competitiveness as a place to work and live.  For more information, click here.  Applications due July 15.
  • South Dakota Community Access Road Grants – This program is a means for small towns to pave or reconstruct important local roads such as their Main Street. For more information, click here. Applications due by July 15.
  • South Dakota Agri Business Access Grant – This program is a means for local governments to address road needs associated with new agri-business, such as ethanol plants, large scale elevators, etc. In many cases, these new agri-businesses create additional truck traffic that an existing road may not be built to take. For more information, click here. Applications due by July 15.
  • South Dakota Industrial Park Road Grants – This program is a means to assist cities and towns who have a new industry coming to their community and need new or expanded access to the industry. For more information, click here. Applications due by July 15.
  • Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD) Special Grant – Open to all Woodbury County non-profits, including churches, athletic programs, human service agencies, governmental bodies and more.  Grants are for $25,000 to $250,000 with a required 25% local match. Grant program opens in mid July.  For more information, click here.
  • Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) –  Build Transportation grants replace the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by July 19.

Grants due in August:

  • South Dakota Bridge Improvement Grants – This program was created by the 2015 legislative session in Senate Bill 1. This states that in order to be eligible for a BIG grant, a county must impose a wheel tax. In addition, a county must have a County Highway and Bridge Improvement Plan. The plan should detail proposed county highway and bridge improvement projects in the county for the next five years. For more information, click here. Applications due by August 1.
  • National Endowment for the Arts – Our Town – The Our Town grant program supports creative place making projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. The funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. For more information, click here. Applications due by August 14.
  • Iowa REAP Parks and Open Spaces Grant – Recreational grants for acquisition and development of open space and park areas. For more information, click here. Applications due by August 15.
  • Iowa West Foundation – Tourism, recreation, and entertainment capital projects. For more information, click here. Applications due by August 15
  • Iowa Sponsored Projects – Funding through Iowa SRF program for watershed and storm water control projects. Eligible applicants would include local governments that have a State Clean Water Revolving Fund loan. For more information, click here. Applications due by August 15.
  • Iowa Traffic Safety Improvement Program – Funds to cities and counties for roadway safety improvements, research, studies or public information initiatives. For more information, click here. Applications due by August 15.
  • KaBoom! Community Construction Grant  –  Dr. Pepper Snapple and KaBoom have teamed up to offer $15,00 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by August 4.

Grants Due in September:

  • IDOT RISE Local Competition – Transportation infrastructure in support or to allow development of value-added employment opportunities, such as industrial parks, commercial areas, etc. For more information, click here. Applications due by September 1.
  • Iowa Brownfield/Grayfield Redevelopment Tax Credit Program – This program assists with redevelopment aimed at improving Iowa’s economy while reducing environmental hazards. For more information, click here. Applications due by September 1.
  • Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Transportation Enhancement Program – Community Visioning is a process that encourages visionary and strategic thinking about transportation improvements. Participants in the program will identify and prioritize community needs, develop community visions concept plans for transportation projects, identify potential funding sources for implementing concept plans, and initiate the first phase of project development. Communities must have populations of 10,000 or fewer. For more information, click here. Applications due by September 15.
  • HOME Investment Partnership – HOME provides resources for affordable housing to lower-income households by strengthening the capacity of non-profit housing providers, and private housing developers in the state. This program assists homebuyers with purchasing rehabilitated or newly constructed housing developed by a community-based development organizations. For more information, click here. Applications due by September 30.
  • Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants – Each year, t he Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants program contributes more than $5 million to fund improvements at public schools in the United States. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored. For more information, click here. Applications due by September 29.

Grants due in October:

  • Iowa CDBG Water and Sewer Fund – Funds awarded through this annual competitive program assist cities and counties with projects such as sanitary sewer system improvements, water system improvements, water and wastewater treatment facility projects, storm sewer projects related to sanitary sewer system improvements and rural water connections. For more information, click here. Applications due October 1.
  • Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism Grant – The Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) program assists communities in the development and creation of multiple purpose attraction or tourism facilities. CAT awards can help position a community to take advantage of economic development opportunities in tourism and strengthen a community’s competitiveness as a place to work and live.  For more information, click here.  Applications due October 15.
  • Iowa Federal Recreational Trails –  Funding for motorized and non-motorized recreational trails and trail related projects.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by October 1.
  • Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program (ICAAP) – Funding for highway/street, transit, bicycle/pedestrian or freight projects or programs which help maintain Iowa’s clean air quality by reducing transportation-related emissions. Eligible highway/street projects must be on the federal-aid system. Click here for more information. Applications due by October 1.
  • Iowa’s Statewide Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) – Funding for surface transportation alternatives projects and initiatives that are statewide or multiregional in nature and relate to transportation. For more information, click here. Applications due by October 1.
  • Iowa Tourism Council Grant Program – Funding provided to promote tourism in Iowa by funding tourism-related marketing initiatives and meetings, events and professional development efforts that benefit local economies around the state and the state’s economy. For more information, click here. Applications due by October 2.
  • Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program – The Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and implementation of mitigation projects prior to an disaster. The goal of PDM is to reduce overall risk to the populations and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on federal funding from actual disaster declarations. For more information, click here. Applications due by October 13.
  • South Dakota Industrial Park Road Grants – This program is a means to assist cities and towns who have a new industry coming to their community and need new or expanded access to the industry. For more information, click here. Applications due October 15.
  • Agri Business Access Grant – This program is a means for local governments to address road needs associated with new agri-business, such as ethanol plants, large scale elevators, etc. In many cases, these new agri-businesses create additional truck traffic that an existing road may not be built to take. For more information, click here. Applications due by October 15.
  • Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the opportunity for state and local stakeholders to apply for $5000 million in discretionary grant funding through the TIGER program. Winners will be awarded with the funding they need to rebuild the infrastructure of their communities. For more information, click here. Applications due by October 16.
  • Enhance Iowa – Enhance Iowa provides grant funds to assist projects that provide recreational, cultural, entertainment and education attractions, as well as sports tourism. The funds help communities create transformational projects that enhance the vitality of a region and the state overall. For more information, click here. Applications due October 16.
  • Trees Please! – Funding provided for windbreaks, shade and beautification of parks, roadways and other common areas for communities both large and small. For more information, click here. Applications are due in mid-October.
  • Business Leadership Network Community Grant Project – 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. Up to six cash grant awards of up to $3,000 each will be made to applicants in communities within the state of Iowa. For more information, click here. Applications are due October 24.
  • Healthy Places for Healthy People – Healthy Places for Healthy People will provide selected communities with planning assistance that centers around a two-day community workshop. At the workshop, a team of experts will help community members develop an implementable action plan that will focus on health as an economic driver and catalyst for downtown and neighborhood revitalization. Not a grant. For more information, click here. Applications due by October 25.

Grants due in November:

  • 2017 Community Change Micro Grants – This program awards up to $1,500 to fund or help to catalyze smaller-scale, low-cost projects and programs that increase the prevalence of walking, expand the diversity of people and organizations working to advance walkability, and help to make walking safer, easier, and more fun for all community members. For more information, click here. Applications due by November 10.
  • Iowa West Foundation – Tourism, recreation, and entertainment capital projects. For more information, click here. Applications due by November 15.

Grants due in December:

  • Environmental Protection Agency – Brownfield Clean Up Grant – Cleanup grants provide funding for a grant recipient to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. These funds may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants. For more information, click here. Applications due in December
  • Iowa Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) – Eligible project activities for Iowa’s TAP funding continue to include a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects, recreational trails, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, safe routes to school projects, and community improvements such as historic preservation, vegetation management, and some environmental mitigation related to storm water and habitat connectivity. For more information, click here. Applications due by December 1.
  • Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program – The primary goals of the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program are to meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distributions, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service, increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities, promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues, and meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs. For more information, click here. Applications due by December 4.
  • Farm to School Grant – The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. For more information, click here. Applications are due by December 8.
  • Walmart Community Grant – Walmart provides a grant through their Community Grant Program to support the needs of their communities. Non-profit and recognized government entities are eligible to apply. Award grants range from $250 to $2,500. The application cycle is currently open. For more information, click here. Applications are due by December 31.

Grants due in January:

  • Cherokee County Legacy Foundation –  The Cherokee County Legacy Foundation receives, accepts and distributes funds for educational, cultural, civic and charitable purposes for the benefit of the greater community of Cherokee County, Iowa. Grants are available to 501(c)3 organizations and government entities serving Cherokee County. Grant selections are made in an effort to create a better quality of life for people in Cherokee County. For more information, click here.  Applications due in January.
  • Iowa CDBG Community Facilities and Services Fund – This annual competitive program assists projects such as day care facilities, senior centers, vocational workshops and other community services such as storm water projects. The goal of this program is to provide economic opportunities for people, especially those of low-and moderate income. For more information, click here. Annual applications due in January.
  • Iowa CDBG Downtown Revitalization Fund – Community leaders can use this program to rehabilitate blighted downtown buildings. The goal of this program is to provide economic opportunities for people, especially those of low- and moderate income. For more information, click here. Annual applications due in January.
  • Iowa CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Fund – This annual competitive program assists communities rehabilitating single family homes used as principal residences. The goal of this program is to provide economic opportunities for people, especially those of low-and moderate income. For more information, click here. Annual applications due in January.
  • Iowa CDBG Water and Sewer Fund – Funds awarded through this annual competitive program assist cities and counties with projects such as sanitary sewer system improvements, water system improvements, water and wastewater treatment facility projects, storm sewer projects related to sanitary sewer system improvements and rural water connections. For more information, click here. Applications due January 1.
  • Junior League of Sioux City Mildred Anderson Grant – Mildred Anderson community grants up to $1,000 are awarded to community need projects within the Siouxland tri-state area(30 mile radius). The projects must address a community need. For more information, click here. Applications are due January 15.
  • Fund for Siouxland – Funding for arts & culture, civic affairs, education, health, human services. Grants are available to nonprofit organizations and qualified unites of governments within a 50-mile radius of Sioux City. Grants generally do not exceed $5,000. For more information, click here. Applications due January 15.
  • Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism Grant – The Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) program assists communities in the development and creation of multiple purpose attraction or tourism facilities. CAT awards can help position a community to take advantage of economic development opportunities in tourism and strengthen a community’s competitiveness as a place to work and live.  For more information, click here.  Applications due January 15.
  • IEDA Community Catalyst Building Program  –  The Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program offers opportunities for cities to address underutilized buildings through rehabilitation, redevelopment or deconstruction. Pre-applications are due by January 29.  For more information, click here.
  • Value Added Producer Grants – USDA recently announced funding for the value added agriculture program. This grant program provides funding to agriculture producers to help them launch business ventures that allow them to capture more sales dollars through processing their commodities into higher value products. Funding is available for up to $250,000 for working capital. Funding can help with marketing, non family labor, trade shows, packaging, websites development, advertising costs, and more. For more information, click here. Applications due January 31.

Grants due in February:

  • Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities – The University of Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) is seeking proposals from Iowa towns, cities, counties, regional entities and other community-based organizations to become an IISC community partner, beginning in August 2018. The successful applicant will benefit from roughly 20,000 hours of work from University of Iowa students and faculty. Projects are incorporated into academic courses at the University of Iowa, providing experiential learning for hundreds of students while significantly impacting sustainability in partner communities. For more information, click here. Application are due by February 1.
  • Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant – The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. More for information, click here. Applications are due February 2.
  • SIMPCO MPO (Iowa) Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program –  STBG provides flexible funding that may be used by states and localities for transportation projects.  The intent of these projects is to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any federal-aid highway, bridge, public road, pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure and transit capital projects.  Each year, approximately $2.5 million is available in STBG funds for the Sioux City Metropolitan Area.  Applications can be found on the SIMPCO website (click here).  Applications are due by February 9, 2018.
  • Civic and Community Center Financing Fund – The CCCFF program provides grants and state aid for the development of civic, community, and recreation centers. The CCCFF program supports, enhances, and grows the Good Life throughout Nebraska. For more information, click here. Applications are due February 15.
  • Paint Iowa Beautiful – Funding provided to Iowa groups to purchase Diamond Vogel Paint for painting the exterior of community buildings. For more information, click here. Applications due by February 16.
  • KaBoom! Community Construction Grant  –  Dr. Pepper Snapple and KaBoom have teamed up to offer $15,00 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by February 17.
  • Rural Business Development Grant Program (NE) – RBDG funds may be used to conduct economic development planning, targeted technical assistance, training and training facilities including business incubators, and for the establishment of revolving loan funds. For more information, click here. Applications due by February 23.
  • The Wellmark Foundation – MATCH Grant Program – The MATCH grant program is a challenge grant designed to bring other funders together to support larger community health projects needing potentially higher levels of funding or collaboration. Supports nonprofit organizations and community groups that develop and implement sustainable projects that focus on active living and health nutrition. For more information, click here.  Large Grant Applications due by February 23.
  • Siouxland Regional Transportation Planning Association (SRTPA) Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program –  STBG provides flexible funding that may be used by states and localities for transportation projects.  The intent of these projects is to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any federal-aid highway, bridge, public road, pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure and transit capital projects.  Each year, approximately $1.9 million is available in STBG funds for rural area and communities located in Woodbury, Plymouth, Cherokee, Ida and Monona Counties.  Applications available on the SIMPCO website  with a due date of February 24, 2018.
  • Siouxland Regional Transportation Planning Association (SRTPA) Transportation Alternative Program (TAP)  –   Eligible project activities for Iowa’s TAP funding includes a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, and community improvements such as historic preservation, vegetation management, and some environmental mitigation related to storm water and habitat connectivity.  Each year approximately $93,000 is available in TAP funding for communities and organizations located in Woodbury, Plymouth, Cherokee, Ida and Monona Counties. For more information on the TAP program and to download the application, visit the Iowa DOT website. The application period for  SRTPA TAP will open on January 26, 2018 with applications due to SIMPCO by February 24, 2018.
  • Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD) Small Grant – Open to all Woodbury County non-profits, including churches, athletic programs, human service agencies, governmental bodies and more.  Grants are for $10,000 or less. Grant program opens in mid February.  For more information, click here.
  • All American City Awards – AAC brings together communities from across the country and provides an opportunity for innovative leaders and passionate citizens to connect with and learn from their peers. The Award shines a light on communities that are working to tackle tough issues and lifts these places up for national recognition. For more information, click here. Applications due by February 28.

Grants due in March:

  • Ida County Community Betterment Foundation (ICCBF) –  The ICCBG is a charitable foundation created by and for the people of Ida County to receive gifts from individuals, families, corporations, private foundations and governmental agencies.  Grants requests range in size from $250 to $10,000.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by March 1.
  • Monona County Community Partners Foundation  – The Monona County Community Partners Foundation (MCCPF) is a charitable foundation created by and for the people of Monona County to receive gifts from individuals, families, corporations, private foundations, and governmental agencies. These gifts are carefully invested and the income from endowments is used to make grants to public charities that best meet the needs in the count.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by March 1
  • Iowa’s Living Roadways Projects Program – Program goals include helping smaller communities compete for additional funds to enhance their transportation corridors for residents and travelers alike, and beautification of communities through the use of native plants to provide for lower long-term maintenance and costs. For more information, click here. Pre-applications due by March 1.
  • The Linking Iowa’s Freight Transportation Program (LIFTS) – Grant funding opportunity to improve Iowa’s multimodal freight transportation system. The program will provide funding for freight projects that have economic and public benefit by enhancing the shipment of freight but are typically ineligible for state or federal funding. For more information, click here. Applications due by March 2.
  • Iowa DNR Trees for Kids – The Trees for Kids grant program serves to educate K-12 and college students in Iowa about the importance of trees through tree planting events at schools and on public land. Grant recipients are awarded $1,000-$5,000 per project to purchase trees and mulch from Iowa nurseries. DNR staff members provide planting, mulching, and watering demonstrations and offer guidance to students as they plant their trees.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due March 9.
  • Iowa Walking College – Ready to make your community healthier, more vibrant or improve economic development?  Consider participating in the Iowa Walking College.   This educational opportunity, hosted by the Healthiest State Initiative, is an interactive in-person and online educational program for walkable community advocates. Watch a short video about the opportunity and learn more at  http://www.iowahealthieststate.com/resources/communities/walkability/iowa-walking-college/.   Applications will be accepted until March 9, 2018
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – Federally funded program that provides 50% matching funds for outdoor recreation area development and acquisition. For more information, click here. Applications due by March 15.
  • Build with Bags – This grant program was initiated to support “closing the plastic bag loop” by demonstrating how recycled plastic bags can be re-used in the manufacturing of outdoor furniture and equipment. The BWB program encourages grant recipients to use Iowa’s own Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls. For more information, click here. Applications due by March 30.
  • Federal Home Loan Bank – Competitive Affordable Housing Program – This program is one of the nation’s largest sources of grants for affordable housing projects. This program encourages partnerships between our member financial institutions and local housing providers to secure funds for the purchase, construction or rehabilitation of affordable homeownership or rental housing units. For more information, click here. Pre-Applications due by March 31.
  • Keep America Beautiful Public Park Recycling Grant – Program designed to build or expand recycling opportunities in park settings such as urban parks, neighborhood parks with playgrounds, athletic fields, regional and state parks, public beaches and developed public water front areas such as board walks. The program provides recycling bins to local communities through grants awarded annually. For more information, click here. Applications due by end of 1st quarter of the year.

Grants due in April:

  • Union Pacific Community Grant Program – Projects should support one of the following categories: community and civic; projects aimed at improving and enriching the quality of life in the community, health and human services; projects that improve the level of health care or human services in the community. For more information, click here. Applications due in April.
  • Iowa DNR Derelict Building Grant Program – Funding to assist small communities and rural counties in addressing derelict building through deconstruction, renovation/mothballing, and/or conducting environmental studies. For more information, click here. Applications due by April 4.
  • Iowa CDBG Water and Sewer Fund – Funds awarded through this annual competitive program assist cities and counties with projects such as sanitary sewer system improvements, water system improvements, water and wastewater treatment facility projects, storm sewer projects related to sanitary sewer system improvements and rural water connections. For more information, click here. Applications due April 1.
  • Challenge America – This program offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. For more information, click here. Applications due by April 12.
  • Action for Healthy Kids – These grants, which are sponsored by ALDI, are designed for parents or parent groups to lead school-based physical activity and nutrition initiatives and to engage more parents in student and family health. For more information, click here. Applications due April 13.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – EMPower Breastfeeding is currently accepting enrollment forms from hospitals to participate in an exciting new initiatives, EMPower training. This new initiative is aimed at improving knowledge and skills in evidence-based maternity care practices supportive of optimal infant nutrition. The focus will be on providing materials and resources needed to build a sustainable, skills-based training plan and ongoing technical assistance to support implementation of the plan. For more information, click here. Enrollment by April 13.
  • National Recreation and Park Association – The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds to support community efforts to build resiliency and empower residents to create solutions for the challenges facing their neighborhoods through green stormwater infrastructure installations in parks. The goal of the grant opportunity is to identify best practices and innovative strategies that effectively empower the community to influence the design of the green stormwater infrastructure project that best suits their needs, while also benefiting the local environment. For more information, click here. Applications du by April 13.
  • South Dakota Industrial Park Road Grants – This program is a means to assist cities and towns who have a new industry coming to their community and need new or expanded access to the industry. For more information, click here. Applications due April 15.
  • United Way of Siouxland FOCUS Grants –  These one-time grants, between $20,000 and $50,000, will be awarded to programs or initiatives aligned with community outcomes outlined in the United Way’s Agenda for Change. FOR 2018: In addition to the regular FOCUS Grants, a one-time grant up to $30,000 will be awarded specifically for a program that fits within the UWS Agenda for Change that is targeted to helping children 0-18.  For more information, click here.  Letter of intent is due April 15.
  • Agri Business Access Grant – This program is a means for local governments to address road needs associated with new agri-business, such as ethanol plants, large scale elevators, etc. In many cases, these new agri-businesses create additional truck traffic that an existing road may not be built to take. For more information, click here. Applications due by April 15.
  • Research Grants for Authors – support research and interpretive writing on topics related to Iowa history. Applicants who want to research and write about neglected topics or take a new approach to familiar topics go to the top of the list. Grants recipients must produce an annotated manuscript that will be considered for publication in the Annals of Iowa, the State Historical Society of Iowa’s scholarly journal. For more information, click here. Applications due by April 15.
  • Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism Grant – The Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) program assists communities in the development and creation of multiple purpose attraction or tourism facilities. CAT awards can help position a community to take advantage of economic development opportunities in tourism and strengthen a community’s competitiveness as a place to work and live.  For more information, click here.  Applications due April 16.
  • Iowa West Foundation – Tourism, recreation, and entertainment capital projects. For more information, click here. Applications due April 16.
  • Iowa CDBG Community Facilities and Services Fund – This annual competitive program assists projects such as day care facilities, senior centers, vocational workshops and other community services such as storm water projects. The goal of this program is to provide economic opportunities for people, especially those of low-and moderate income. For more information, click here. Applications due April 20.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Evidence for Action grant is for research examining the health impacts of programmatic or policy interventions that address factors outside the domain of health care services or public health practice. For more information, click here. Applications due April 26.
  • Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants – The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720). For more information, click here. Applications due by April 27.
  • Iowa Rural Business Development Grant  – RBDG funds may be used to conduct economic development planning, targeted technical assistance, training and training facilities including business incubators, and for the establishment of revolving loan funds. For more information, click here. Applications due by April 30.

Grants due in May:

  • Iowa Arts Council Project Grant – Funding for arts projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in the state, demonstrate public value, and support Iowa Arts Council funding priorities. This includes applications for School Arts Experience Grant, Capacity building Grant, Artist Fellowship Grant, Art Project Grant, and Cultural Heritage Project Grant. For more information, click here. Applications due by May 1.
  • Iowa Great Places – Great Places Designations: Designations may be used in signage and marketing material to promote the area. Newly designated Iowa Great Places are added to the Iowa Great Places network on an annual basis through a competitive application process. Once designated, networking, professional development and technical assistance will be provided to the community by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition to the benefits of designation, each designated Iowa Great Place has the opportunity to apply for grant funding for a single project during each five year designation cycle. For more information, click here. Designations applications due by May 1.
  • Capacity Building Grants – provide funding for general operating expenses to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Applicants are encouraged to register for a live information webinar scheduled for 11 a.m. on March 6 before the application deadline on May 1. For more information, click here.
  • Cultural Heritage Project Grants – Funding to nonprofits and communities for projects that create jobs and provide access to cultural heritage experiences. Applicants are encouraged to register for a live informational webinar scheduled for 11 a.m. on February 28 before the application deadline on May 1. For more information, click here.
  • USDA – Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers grants funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produces agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. For more information, click here. Applications due by May 7.
  • United Airlines Trust Fund – In appreciation of Siouxland’s response to United Flight 232, United airlines established a fund within the foundation. Non-profit organizations and qualified units of government within a 50-mile radius of Sioux City are eligible to receive grants from this fund. Grants generally do not exceed $2,500. For more information click here. Applications due by May 15.
  • Iowa DNR Conservation Education Program – The Conservation Education Program (CEP) is a key provision of the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Act of 1989. A five-member board implements the CEP and annually they allocate approximately $350,000 in grants for conservation education in Iowa.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by May 15.
  • AARP Community Challenge – The AARP Community Challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for all residents. Types of projects include transportation and mobility options, creating vibrant public places, support housing,  and  projects that increase accessibility.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due May 16.
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Affordable Housing Program – Housing grants for home ownership, down payment assistance, rental housing, development projects, and rehabilitation/renovation. For more information, click here. Applications due by May 31.

Open Deadline Grants:

  • Shopko Foundation – Community Charitable Grants – The Shopko Foundation provides grants and scholarship opportunities to enhance the lives of our neighbors in every community we serve. With Shopko’s origin in the Pharmacy business, our focus is narrow to maximize impact: the health and wellness of citizens of all ages and the educational needs of students. For more information, click here. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis.
  • Casey’s – Casey’s General Stores, Inc. contributed more than $4.5 million last year to many community and charitable organizations and events. For more information, click here.  Applications due at least 20 days prior to the date for which the donation is needed.
  • Lowe’s Charitable and Education Program – Lowes Charitable and Education Program award funds for community improvement projects. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. It is recommended to contact the local Lowe’s prior to applying. For more information, click here.
  • GoFundMe – Community Crowdsourcing is a growing method communities are using to fund-raise dollars for community projects. Platforms such as GoFundMe allow engaged residents and community supporters to help fund projects. The fundraiser campaign is shared through social media. For more information, click here.
  • Iowa CDBG Career Link  Employee Training-  The Career Link program provides funding to help develop training programs for primarily low to moderate income individuals in an effort to increase employee skills and develop a skilled workforce for employer to draw from.  For more information, click here.
  • Iowa CDBG Career Link Employee Transportation –  The Career Link Employment Transportation program can be used to address employment barriers by providing funding for employment related transportation services.  For more information, click here.
  • USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program –  This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas.  An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.  For more information, click here.
  • AED Grant Program – This program is designed to help institutions and individuals everywhere, place these amazing life saving devices at an affordable price. For more information, click here.
  • Economic Development Set-Aside (EDSA) – The EDSA program provides financial assistance to businesses and industries requiring assistance to create or retain job opportunities in Iowa. Priority is given to projects that create manufacturing jobs, add value to Iowa resources and/or increase exports. For more information, click here.
  • Clean Water State revolving Fund (CWSRF) – Iowa’s CWSRF is the best choice to finance publicly owned wastewater treatment, sewer rehabilitation, replacement, and construction, and storm water quality improvements. Eligible projects include water and wastewater infrastructure, agricultural best management practices, and other water quality projects. For more information, click here.
  • DOT/DNR Fund – Funding provided for roadside beautification of primary system corridors with plant materials. Maximum of $100,000 per application per year. For more information, click here.
  • Firefighters Support Foundation – Equipment Grants – Many fire and rescue department in the U.S. are under-funded and volunteer-based. To assist these agencies, the foundation makes grants to purchase needed equipment. Average award is $5,000. For more information, click here.
  • Good Sports Equipment Grants – Good Sports gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing new equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need. The award amount if 10% of the total retail value of the items. For more information, click here.
  • Iowa Finance Authority Bonds – Through its Economic Development Bond Program, IFA issues tax-exempt bonds on behalf of private entities or organizations for eligible purposes. The responsibility for repayment of the bonds rest with the applicant. Applicants are responsible for finding and entity to purchase the bonds. For more information, click here.
  • Keep Iowa Beautiful Hometown Pride – This program was developed in 2012, as an effort to assist and improve communities. The program walks alongside qualifying Iowa communities and coaches them to a more vibrant future. For more information, click here.
  • Main Street Iowa – Communities selected to take part in the Main Street Iowa program receive thousands of dollars annually in the form of training and technical assistance. Assistance includes training workshops, architectural and design assistance, business assistance, and a number of other opportunities. For more information, click here.
  • Workforce Housing Tax Credits – This program provides tax benefits to developers to provide housing in Iowa communities, focusing especially on those projects using abandoned, empty or dilapidated properties. For more information, click here.
  • Storm water Best Management Practices Loan – This program facilitates low-interest loans to private and public entities for implementing environmentally responsible strategies for storm water management. For more information, click here.
  • Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants – Also known as the Section 504 Home Repair program, this provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards. For more information, click here.
  • Rural Micro entrepreneur Assistance Program – Provides loans and grants to help microenterprise startup and grow through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund and to provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs. For more information, click here.
  • Pedestrian Curb Ramp Construction – Assist cities in complying with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) on primary roads in Iowa cities. Improvements must involve a municipal extension of a primary road. Curb ramps must meet ADA standards. For more information, click here.
  • Economic Development Set-Aside (EDSA) – The EDSA program provides financial assistance to businesses and industries requiring assistance to create or retain job opportunities in Iowa. EDSA develops viable communities that provide economic opportunities for people, especially those with low-and moderate incomes. For more information, click here.
  • BNSF Foundation – The foundation is dedicated to supporting the communities we serve and in which our employees live, work, and volunteer. Your organization, or program, should exist in or serve a community near one of the BNSF’s rail lines to be eligible to apply for grants. For more information, click here.
  • Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) – Provides grants for low-cost, systemic safety improvements in the $10,000/mile range, focusing on lane departure crashes. For more information, click here.
  • Small Town Sign Replacement Program – This program will provide up to $5,000 of signs and signposts per applying community on a first-come, first served basis. For more information, click here.
  • Traffic Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP) – Provides 100 hours of engineering assistance for operations and traffic safety issues. For more information, click here.
  • Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Program – The RRLG Program is administered by the Office of Rail Transportation at the Iowa Department of Transportation. The program provides financial assistance to improve rail facilities that will create jobs, spur economic activity and improve the rail transportation system in Iowa in three separate categories. When sufficient funds are available, a notice of funding availability is issued that includes an application due date and approximate amount of funding available. For more information, click here.
  • United Way of Siouxland Small Grants –  The intent of the Small Grants Program is to provide support for community projects, programs, or initiatives in need of a small, one-time grant between $1,000 and $5,000, but may not be eligible for funding through other grant opportunities. For more information, click here.
  • KaBoom! Community Construction Grant  –  Dr. Pepper Snapple and KaBoom have teamed up to offer $15,00 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment.  For more information, click here. Rolling deadlines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grants due in November:

  • 2017 Community Change Micro Grants – This program awards up to $1,500 to fund or help to catalyze smaller-scale, low-cost projects and programs that increase the prevalence of walking, expand the diversity of people and organizations working to advance walkability, and help to make walking safer, easier, and more fun for all community members. For more information, click here. Applications due by November 10.
  • Iowa West Foundation – Tourism, recreation, and entertainment capital projects. For more information, click here. Applications due by November 15.