Current Available Grant List

SIMPCO would like to remind members that they may utilize grant writing services as part of their membership dues.  SIMPCO will provide up to 20 hours of staff time per grant application, at no charge.  If the grant application requires more than 20 hours to prepare, additional charges may apply.  Additional costs for grant writing will be waived for grants that allow SIMPCO to receive an administrative fee if awarded.

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 (IA) – 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 are due by June 1, 2022.
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Affordable Housing Program (IA) – Housing grants for homeownership, down payment assistance, rental housing, development projects, and rehabilitation/renovation. For more information, click here. Applications are due by June 13, 2022.
  • Nebraska CDBG Water/Wastewater (NE) – Funding for those designed to address and resolve a specific problem/need that will contribute to the revitalization of a community or specific target areas that are contiguous and substantial, where there is a concentration of lower-income families.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by June 30, 2022.
  • Nebraska CDBG Tourism Development (NE) – The purpose of the Tourism Development (TD) Category is to provide investments in effective and affordable tourist attraction facilities to quality communities that are investing in long-term development.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by June 30, 2022.
  • Nebraska CDBG Economic Development (NE)  – The objective of the Economic Development (ED) category is to assist businesses that expand the state’s economic base and which create quality jobs principally benefiting employees in the low- and moderate-income levels.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by June 30, 2022.
  • Nebraska CDBG Youth Job Training (NE) – The Nebraska JAG program is designed for “at-risk” youth from households to help young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education, and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career opportunities. The Nebraska JAG program partners with local school districts, and through that partnership, an educator is hired to implement the Nebraska JAG program to eligible students. Eligible young people for the Nebraska JAG program must have barriers, as defined by the JAG program that makes them more at risk in graduating from high school, pursuing postsecondary education, and successful addition to the labor force.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by June 30, 2022.

Grants due in July:

  • Iowa Workforce Housing Tax Incentive – Housing Projects that meet one of four criteria: Housing development located on a grayfield or brownfield site; repair or rehab of dilapidated housing stocks; Upper story housing development; New construction in a greenfield.  These grants are competitive in part because the program is more flexible than most in terms of income limits and incentive amounts.  For more information, click here.  Applications are are due by July 1, 2022.
  • IDOT Recreational Trails Program – The Iowa Transportation Commission approved a one-time, $5 million allocation of funding to partially offset COVID-19 related reductions in the SRT program. The activities eligible for funding under this program can go towards acquisition, construction of new trails, maintenance, resurfacing and restoration of existing recreational trails; development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages. For more information, click here.  Applications are due by July 1, 2022.
  • Iowa CDBG Water and Sewer Fund (IA) – 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 are due July 1, 2022.
  • Iowa Solid Waste Alternatives Program (IA) – Programs to encourage landfill alternatives – recycling, diversion, new technologies, new manufacturing processes, etc. For more information, click here. Applications are due by July 1, 2022.
  • Rural Housing Preservation Grant – grant program which provides qualified public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, which may include but not be limited to, Faith-Based and Community Organizations, and other eligible entities grant funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. In addition, the HPG program assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low-income persons.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by July 11, 2022.
  • Community Mobility Design Challenge 2021 – These grants, using the human-centered design process (aka “design thinking”), will support communities in creating innovative mobility solutions for community members who face transportation barriers in advancing their personal well-being.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by July 12, 2021.
  • Historic Preservation Tax Credit (IA) – This program offers tax credits to developers who sensitively rehabilitate historic buildings to offer them new life. Iowa offers this tax credit program to ensure character-defining features and spaces of buildings are retained to help create distinct and vibrant communities.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by July 15, 2022.
  • South Dakota Community Access Road Grants (SD) – 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 are due by July 15, 2022.
  • South Dakota Agri-Business Access Grant (SD) – 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 are due by July 15, 2022.
  • South Dakota Industrial Park Road Grants (SD) – This program is a means to assist cities and towns that have a new industry coming to their community and need new or expanded access to the industry. For more information, click here. Applications are due by July 15, 2022.
  • Iowa Workforce Housing Tax Credit (IA) – This program is is designed to provide financial incentives for the development of housing across Iowa. Housing businesses utilizing WHTIP will produce a net increase in affordable housing units in their community of operation. In return, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) can provide a sales and use tax refund and an investment tax credit based on qualifying new investment.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by July 15, 2022.
  • Rural Energy Pilot Program – Offers financial assistance for rural communities to further develop renewable energy. Funds may be used for community energy planning, community efficiency and weatherization, and installation and equipping of community-scale renewable energy technologies and systems.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by July 18, 2022.
  • Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Program – The Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant (RRLG) Program provides financial assistance to improve rail facilities that will create jobs, spur economic activity and improve the rail transportation system in Iowa. The program is funded through appropriations from the state legislature and repayments from loans for rail development projects funded in the past. For the FY 2023 round, we anticipate approximately $6.3 million available for eligible projects.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by July 18, 2022.
  • Linking Iowa’s Freight Transportation Program (LIFTS) – The purpose of the LIFTS program is to provide grants for projects that help meet the changing demands on Iowa’s multimodal freight system. The program will provide funding for freight projects that have economic and public benefits by enhancing the shipment of freight but are typically ineligible for state or federal highway funding.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by July 18, 2022.

Grants due in August:

  • Creative Places Project Grant – Provides $500-$2,500 to develop arts and culture projects that advance creative placemaking as a community workforce or tourism strategy.,  Creative Places Project Grants provide support for small projects that engage artists, creative workers, and cultural organizations to enhance Iowa communities.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by August 1, 2022, for next quarter (then November 1, and February 1)
  • Iowa Traffic Safety Improvement Program (IA) – Funds to cities and counties for roadway safety improvements, research, studies or public information initiatives. For more information, click here. Applications are due by August 15, 2022.
  • Iowa REAP Parks and Open Spaces Grant (IA) – Recreational grants for the acquisition and development of open space and park areas. For more information, click here. Applications are due by August 15, 2022.

Grants Due in September:

  • Iowa Brownfield/Grayfield Redevelopment Tax Credit Program (IA) – This program assists with redevelopment aimed at improving Iowa’s economy while reducing environmental hazards. For more information, click here. Applications are due by September 1, 2022.
  • Iowa Clean Water Loan Program (IA)– Created to give loans to water and wastewater projects.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due September 1, 2022.
  • Iowa West Foundation (IA) – Community development, economic development, education, and human needs projects. For more information, click here. Applications are due September 15, 2022.
  • Safe Streets and Roads for All – Funds to be awarded on a competitive basis to support planning, infrastructure, behavioral, and operational initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on roads and streets involving all roadway users, including pedestrians; bicyclists; public transportation, personal conveyance, and micro-mobility users; motorists; and commercial vehicle operators.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by September 15, 2022.
  • Iowa State Revolving Fund (SRF) (IA) – Funding through the Iowa SRF program for watershed and stormwater control projects. Eligible applicants would include local governments that have a State Clean Water Revolving Fund loan. For more information, click here. Applications TBD

Grants due in October:

  • Iowa CDBG Water and Sewer Funds (IA) – 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, 2021.
  • Iowa’s Statewide Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) (IA) – 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, 2021.
  • Brownfield Assessment Grant – Assessment Grants provide funding for a grant recipient to inventory, characterize, assess, conduct a range of planning activities, develop site-specific cleanup plans, and conduct community involvement related to brownfield sites. The performance period for these grants is three years. For more information, click here.  Applications due October 1, 2021.
  • Iowa’s Statewide Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) – Eligible project activities for Iowa’s TAP funding continue to include 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 stormwater and habitat connectivity. Detailed information about Iowa’s TAP program may be found in the program guidance. For more information, click here.  Applications due October 1, 2021.
  • State Revolving Fund Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment Financial Assistance Program (WTFAP) – Grants for water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure projects and funded with a portion of the taxes paid on metered water.  For more information, click here.  Both applications are due October 1, 2021.
  • Federal Recreational Trails Program – The federal trail programs provide funds for recreational trails and trail-related projects. The funding can be used for the acquisition of property, new trail construction, or maintenance and improvement of existing trails.  For more information, click here.  Applications due October 1, 2021.
  • American Recovery Act – Track One: Recovery Grants – Funds must be used in correlation with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to support immediate health care needs, to help prepare for a future pandemic event, to increase access to quality health care services, or to support food assistance through food banks and food distribution facilities. For more information, click here.  Applications due October 12, 2021.
  • American Recovery Act – Track Two: Impact Grants – Funds must be used in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and to advance ideas and solutions to solve regional rural health care problems to support the long-term sustainability of rural health care. Long-term sustainability is defined as “improved health outcomes, improved access to quality health care, and creating and maintaining sustainable economic development for small communities.” For more information, click here.  Applications due October 12, 2021.
  • South Dakota Industrial Park Road Grants (SD) – This program is a means to assist cities and towns that 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, 2021.
  • Agri-Business Access Grant (SD) – 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, 2021.
  • Build Back Better Regional Challenge – The Build Back Better Regional Challenge is designed to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build back better by accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.  For more information, click here.  Applications phase 1 due October 19, 2021.
  • Iowa Energy Infrastructure Revolving Loan Program – The EIRLP provides low-interest loans for energy infrastructure projects that facilitate electricity or gas generation, transmission, storage or distribution.  For more information, click here.  Applications due October 22, 2021.
  • Statewide Planning, Research & Networks – Through the Statewide Planning, Research & Networks program, EDA is supporting states in planning efforts by allocating $59 million for Statewide Planning Grants.  In addition, the program will allocate $31 million for Research and Networks Grants to invest in research that assesses the effectiveness of EDA’s programs and provides support for stakeholder communities around key EDA initiatives. For more information, click here.  State Planning grants are due 45 days after receiving the invitation.  Research and Networks grants due October 31, 2021.

Grants due in November:

  • Creative Places Project Grant – Provides $500-$2,500 to develop arts and culture projects that advance creative placemaking as a community workforce or tourism strategy.,  Creative Places Project Grants provide support for small projects that engage artists, creative workers, and cultural organizations to enhance Iowa communities.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by November 1, 2022, for next quarter (then February 1, 2023)
  • Recreation Economy for Rural Communities Planning Assistance – Program helps communities identify strategies to grow their outdoor recreation economy and revitalize their Main Streets.  For more information, click here.  Applicatons due November 22, 2021.
  • Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant – Governor Reynolds is making available up to $200,000,000 in federal American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for broadband expansion in Iowa. The purpose of this NOFA is to solicit Applications from Communications Service Providers for Broadband Infrastructure Projects that will have the greatest overall effect of reducing or eliminating Unserved or Underserved Areas in the State through the installation of Broadband Infrastructure.  For more information, click here.  Applications due November 22, 2021.
  • USDA ReConnect Program Broadband Funding – This program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. USDA plans to make available up to $200 million in ReConnect Program loans, up to $250 million in loan/grant combinations, up to $350 million in grants with a 25 percent matching requirement, and up to $350 million in grants with no matching requirement for projects in tribal and socially vulnerable communities.  For more information, click here.  Applications due November 24, 2021.

Grants due in December:

  • Rural Childcare Market Study Grant – Program seeks to support the use of data and analysis by rural communities to determine the specific needs and solutions for their area. Through a greater understanding of their geographic market, demographics, competition, and other factors, communities can be armed with the information they need to make proactive steps towards addressing their child care challenges. For more information, click here.  Applications due December 1, 2021.
  • Rural Housing Assessment Grant – The Rural Housing Assessment Grants program seeks to support the use of publicly available online information through the “Profile of Iowa” tool and rural community efforts to interpret this hard data with supplemental information as well as to implement through changes to development codes, local ordinances, and housing incentives specific to their community needs. For more information, click here.  Applications due December 1, 2021.
  • Rural Innovation Grant – Program seeks to support creative, non-traditional ideas that focus on current issues and challenges faced by rural communities associated with the themes of community investment, growth, and connection. For more information, click here.  Applications due December 1, 2021.
  • Rural Return Grant – Program seeks to support creative programming that attracts new residents to move and/or work in rural communities. Grant funding supports the development and implementation of incentive programs. Across the state, there are small towns losing population or witnessing an aging population, this funding opportunity is aimed at addressing that challenge by empowering communities to develop a program that will attract the new residents to locate within their community to live and/or work.  For more information, click here.  Applications due December 1, 2021.
  • EPA Brownfield Assessment Grants – Assessment grants provide funding for a grant recipient to inventory, characterize, assess, conduct a range of planning activities, develop site-specific cleanup plans, and conduct community involvement related to brownfield sites. For more information, click here.  Applications due December 1, 2021.
  • EPA Brownfields Clean-Up Grants – Cleanup Grants provide funding for eligible entities to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. An applicant must own the site for which it is requesting funding. The performance period for these grants is three years. For more information, click here.  Applicatons due December 1, 2021
  • County Bridge Match Program (NE) – Provides funding to counties for the innovative replacement and repair of deficient county bridges.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by December 3, 2021.
  • Iowa West Foundation (IA) – Tourism, recreation, and entertainment capital projects. For more information, click here. Applications are due by December 15, 2021.
  • 2020 Women United – Provides funding to support organizations and groups that demonstrate the ability to enhance the quality of life for Siouxland youth. For more information, click here.  Applications are due by December 18, 2021.
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program – The state is accepting Notice of Interests (NOIs) for projects that will reduce or eliminate losses from future natural disasters.  These include but are not limited to: Property acquisition/elevation, electric utility hardening, detention basis, warning sirens, elevate/protect wastewater lift stations, backup generators, tornado safe rooms, small flood barriers.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by December 23, 2022.
  • Economically Significant Development Fund – Funding designed to provide grant assistance for projects that are primarily “verticle infrastructure” with the purpose of increasing tourism opportunities in Iowa.  Vertical infrastructure means land acquisition and construction, major renovation and major repair of buildings, all appurtenant structures, utilities, site development, and recreational trails.  There is no minimum or maximum total project cost.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by December 31, 2022.
  • Outdoor Recreation Fund – Funding designed to encourage development and enhancements to outdoor reaction opportunities in Iowa, such as regional trail connectors and major outdoor attractions.  There is no minimum or maximum total project cost.  Proposals must articulate how the funding will be used to enhance tourism to the region and/or state.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by December 31, 2022.
  • Tourism Attraction Fund – Funding designed to provide grant assistance for projects that create additional tourism opportunities, but that do not qualify for either the Economically Significant Development Fund or the Outdoor Recreation Fund.  This program will provide grant funds as reimbursement for specific eligible expenses.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by December 31, 2022.
  • USDA Technical Assistance and Training Program – Water and Waste Water Systems –  This program has been established for communities with water or wastewater systems through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. For more information, click here.  Applications are due by December 31, 2021.

Grants 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 are due by January 1, 2022.
  • 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 January 10, 2022.
  • 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 are due by March 1, 2022 with letter of intent by January 10, 2022.
  • Business Leadership Network (BLN) Community Grant Program – Supports programs and activities that build collaborations and support community well-being. 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.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by January 12, 2022.
  • Arts and Culture – NEH Preservation Assistance Grants – Program helps small and mid-sized institutions (such as libraries, museums, historical societies, town and county records offices, colleges, and universities) improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by January 13, 2022.
  • Emergency Management Performance Grant – program provides assistance to support a comprehensive all-hazards preparedness system. It is designed to assist in the development and sustainment of emergency management capabilities across the prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery mission areas.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by January 14, 2022.
  • Iowa West Foundation (IA) – Community development, economic development, education, and human needs projects. For more information, click here. Applications are due January 15, 2022.
  • 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 by January 15, 2022.
  • 2021 AARP Livable Communities Challenge – Grant fund quick-action projects to help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are accepted for projects for public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity, inclusion, and more. Eligible applicants include 501(C)(3), 501(C)(4), and 501(c)(6) non-profit organizations, government entities, and other types of organizations (considered on a case-by-case basis). Grant amounts depend on size and term of project.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by January 25, 2022.
  • Good Jobs Challenge – EDA’s American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge aims to get Americans back to work by building and strengthening systems and partnerships that bring together employers who have hiring needs with other key entities to train workers with in-demand skills that lead to good-paying jobs.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by January 26, 2022.
  • Flood Mitigation Assistance – Program to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program.   For more information, click here.  Applications are due by January 28, 2022.
  • Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities – Funding for pre-disaster mitigation activities. For more information, click here. Applications are due by January 28, 2022.
  • Downtown Housing Grant – This grant will provide financial assistance for projects that support local downtown revitalization through new and renovated housing opportunities in communities under 30,000. This funding will invest in building rehabilitation projects that increase local upper floor housing options.  For more information, click here. Applications are due January 31, 2022.
  •  Iowa Foundation for Parks and Recreation 2022 Mini-Grant – Funding to provide leisure facilities, activities, events, or programs to promote and improve leisure opportunities and amenities for citizens in small Iowa communities.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by January 31, 2022.
  • REAP Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Program – Program to help strengthen American energy independence by helping rural businesses gain access to more sources of renewable energy and establish energy-efficiency solutions. For more information, click here.  Applications due by January 31, 2022.

Grants due in February:

  • Homeland Security Grant – provides more than $1 billion for states and urban areas to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other threats. For more information, click here.  Applications are due by February 4, 2022.
  • 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 by February 15, 2022.
  • 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 are due by February 14, 2022.
  • 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 areas and communities located in Woodbury, Plymouth, Cherokee, Ida and Monona Counties.  Applications available on the SIMPCO website are due by February 18, 2022.
  • 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 stormwater 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.  Applications are due to SIMPCO by February 18, 2022.  Application available February 15.
  • 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 $2.4 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 11, 2022.
  • SIMPCO MPO 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 stormwater and habitat connectivity.  Each year approximately $125,000 is available in TAP funding for the Sioux City Metropolitan Area. For more information on the TAP program and to download the application, visit the Iowa DOT website.  Applications are due to SIMPCO by February 11, 2022.
  • USDA Broadband ReConnect Program – This funding, which does not include the nearly $2 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is available for projects serving rural areas where at least 90 percent of the households lack broadband service at speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) (download) and 20 Mbps (upload). USDA will give priority to projects that will serve people in low-density rural areas and areas lacking internet access services at speeds of at least 25 Mbps (download) and 3 Mbps (upload). For more information, click here.  Applications are due by February 22, 2022.
  • Iowa Reinvestment District Program – Program designed to assist communities in developing transformative projects that improve the quality of life, create and enhance unique opportunities and substantially benefit the community, region, and state.  For more information, click here.  Pre-applications are due by February 25, 2022.
  • 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 are due by February 25, 2022.
  • Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program – 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. helps to create jobs and business opportunities in Nebraska’s rural communities by providing capital investments to support small emerging businesses and entrepreneurs, who are the economic fabric of rural Nebraska. For more information, click here.  Applications are due by February 28, 2022.
  • Vacant State Building Demolition Fund – Program established to fund the demolition of vacant buildings owned by the state that are no longer used for state purposes.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by February 28, 2022.

Grants due in March:

  • Enhance Iowa Sports Tourism Grant – Projects that market or promote sporting events in Iowa.  Eligible sporting events include professional, collegiate, and amateur level sporting events that occur in Iowa.  Promotion/marketing activity can occur for up to two years.  The grant funds various size projects that are targeted to major events that will attract people to the region and state.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due first of each month through June 1, 2022.
  • 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 are due by March 1, 2022, with letter of intent by January 10, 2022.
  • National Park Services-Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program – Supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation.  This program assists local communities in realizing their conservation and outdoor recreation vision and goals by providing a broad range of services and skills.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by March 1, 2022.
  • 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, 2022.
  • 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, 2022.
  •  SRF Water Resource Restoration Sponsored Project – Loan program for construction of water quality facilities and practices.  The project must improve water quality in the watershed in which the publicly owned wastewater utility is located.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by March 1, 2022.
  • Trees for Kids – 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.  Grantees can be awarded up to $2,500 to cover the cost of trees and mulch.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by March 4, 2022.
  • 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 are due by March 15, 2022.
  • 2022 Micro MRHD Grant – MRHD’s Micro Grant (formerly known as Spring Grant) Program offers limited funding awards up to $15,000 for one year to support a variety of projects or programs. This funding is intended to address short-term projects or capacity-building items. Matching funds are not required and it is not renewable. For more information, click here.  Applications are due by March 21, 2022.
  • AARP Community Challenge – Small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages.  Applications will be accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation, and civic engagement; support diversity, equity, and inclusions; build engagement for programs under new feral laws, and pursue innovative ideas that support people ages 50 or older.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by March 22, 2022.
  • Iowa Energy Center Competitive Grant Program – Designed to facilitate energy-related economic development in Iowa. The program supports projects that provide a benefit to Iowa’s residential and commercial customers.  Projects must also aid in the implementation of at least one of the seven key focus areas of the Iowa Energy Plan. For more information, click here.  Pre-applications are due by March 22, 2022.
  • Keep Iowa Beautiful Build with Bags – This grant program was initiated to support “closing the plastic bag loop” by demonstrating how recycled plastic bags can be reused 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 are due by March 30, 2022.
  • The Community Forestry Grant Program – provides reimbursable grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to be used for the purchase and planting of trees suitable to Iowa on publicly owned lands.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by March 30, 2022.
  • Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) – The RBDG program supports targeted technical assistance and training to develop or expand small and emerging private businesses in rural communities or areas. Grant funds may be used for such activities as project planning, business counseling/training, technical assistance, market research, feasibility studies, professional and technical reports or product/service improvements. For more information, click here. Applications are due by March 31, 2022.
  • T-Mobile Hometown Grants – Program will help fund projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections in your town.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by March 21, 2022.

Grants due in April:

  • Enhance Iowa Sports Tourism Grant – Projects that market or promote sporting events in Iowa.  Eligible sporting events include professional, collegiate, and amateur level sporting events that occur in Iowa.  Promotion/marketing activity can occur for up to two years.  The grant funds various size projects that are targeted to major events that will attract people to the region and state.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due first of each month through June 1, 2022.
  • 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 are due by April 1, 2022.
  • Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust Funding Program – The program will offer $1.1 million for Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Supply Equipment.  Applications will be accepted for two project types. A total of $950,000 will be available for publicly accessible Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger Corridor sites along I-29 and will help to fill in gaps in the developing charging equipment infrastructure network.  The remaining $150,000 offered in this program will fund applications for conveniently located and publicly accessible Level 2 Community Charging sites across the state. For more information, click here.  Applications are due by April 8, 2022.
  • South Dakota Community Access Road Grants (SD) – 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 are due by April 15, 2022.
  • 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 are due by April 15, 2022.
  • Community Catalyst Building Remediation – Grant funding for redevelopment, rehabilitation, or deconstruction of buildings to stimulate economic growth or reinvestment in the community.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by April 15, 2022.
  • Iowa CDBG Community Facilities and Services Fund – This annual competitive program assists projects such as daycare facilities, senior centers, vocational workshops, and other community services such as stormwater 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 to be announced.
  • Rural Energy Pilot Program – Funds will be awarded in the form of cost-share grants for up to 80% of the total eligible project costs.  They can be used to deploy community-scale renewable energy projects, including solar, wind, geothermal, micro-hydroelectric, and biomass/bioenergy.  Up to 20% of funds may be used for community energy planning, capacity building, technical assistance, or community efficiency and weatherization.  For more information, click here.  Letter of intent due April 19, 2022.
  • RAISE Discretionary Grants (IA, NE, SD) – Projects for RAISE funding will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, innovation, and partnership. Within these criteria, the Department will prioritize projects that can demonstrate improvements to racial equity, reduce impacts of climate change and create good-paying jobs. For more information, click here.  Applications are due by April 22, 2022.
  • Iowa Women’s Foundation Core Grants – Provides $25,000 grants to shatter one of the six barriers – employment, child care, housing, education/training, transportation and mentoring – to women’s economic self-sufficiency.  One grant will be awarded in each category.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by April 29, 2022.
  • Hazard Mitigation Assistance – This program will provide funds to states, territories, Indian tribal governments, and communities for hazard mitigation planning and mitigation projects prior to a disaster event.  The PDM grant provides an excellent opportunity for communities to initiate mitigation projects that provide protection against natural hazards.  For more information, click here. Applications are due April 30, 2022.

Grants due in May:

  • Enhance Iowa Sports Tourism Grant – Projects that market or promote sporting events in Iowa.  Eligible sporting events include professional, collegiate, and amateur level sporting events that occur in Iowa.  Promotion/marketing activity can occur for up to two years.  The grant funds various size projects that are targeted to major events that will attract people to the region and state.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due first of each month through June 1, 2022.
  • Creative Places Project Grant – Provides $500-$2,500 to develop arts and culture projects that advance creative placemaking as a community workforce or tourism strategy.,  Creative Places Project Grants provide support for small projects that engage artists, creative workers, and cultural organizations to enhance Iowa communities.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by May 2, 2022, for the next quarter (then August 1,  November 1, and February 1)
  • Iowa Historic Resource Development Program – Grants up to $50,000 for various historic resource projects, such as museums, documentary collections, historic preservation projects, district nominations. For more information, click here. Applications are due by May 2, 2022.
  • Art Project Grant – Funding to support the creation and presentation of new artwork, development of an art experience or formation of an arts education program.  Art Projects Grants supports arts activities that are accessible to Iowans and positively impact the virtuality of the arts in Iowa.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by May 2, 2022.
  • Iowa Great Places – This is to designate new Iowa Great Places.  IGP are designated cities or counties that have a nexus or concentration of unique amenities that have the potential for development into greater tourist and cultural attractions.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by May 2, 2022, for this quarter.
  • Cultural Heritage Project Grants – Funding to nonprofits and communities for projects that create jobs and provide access to cultural heritage experiences.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by May 3, 2022.
  • Iowa West Foundation – Community development, economic development, education, and human needs projects. For more information, click here. Applications due May 15, 2022.
  • Fund for Siouxland – Funding for arts & culture, civic affairs, education, health, human services. Grants are available to nonprofit organizations and qualified units of government within a 50-mile radius of Sioux City. Grants generally do not exceed $5,000. For more information, click here. Applications due by May 15, 2022.
  • Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Conservation Education Program – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) aims to inspire people to connect with their natural resources. The Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Conservation Education Program is the funding mechanism for the IDNR to support educational programs.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by May 16, 2022.
  • National Scenic Byways Program – The United States Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2021 (Public Law 116-260), enacted on December 27, 2020, appropriated $16 million in Highway Infrastructure Program (HIP) funds for the NSBP under 23 U.S.C. 162. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, enacted on March 15, 2022, appropriated an additional $6 million, making up to $22 million available in HIP funds for the NSBP. Under 23 U.S.C. 162(b), grants and technical assistance are to be made available to States or Indian Tribes to (a) implement eligible projects on highways designated as National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads (America’s Byways®), State scenic byways, or Indian Tribe scenic byways; and (b) plan, design, and develop a State or Indian Tribe scenic byway program. For more information, click here.  Applications are due by May 16, 2022, with a letter of intent by April 4, 2022.
  • 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 16, 2022.
  • Union Pacific Community Ties Giving Program (IA, NE, SD):  As part of the Community Ties Giving Program, local grants help Union Pacific achieve their mission by providing small and medium-sized grants within the priority cause area to local organizations spread widely across Union Pacific’s footprint.  For more information, click here. Applications are due May 31, 2022.

Open Deadline Grants:

  • USDA Rural Development Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Funds – This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and stormwater drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. For more information, click here.
  • Travel, Tourism, & Outdoor Recreation – Through the Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation program, EDA is focused on accelerating the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors. $750 million of EDA’s American Rescue Plan funds are allocated to support the following efforts:
    • State Tourism Grants: $510 million in non-competitive awards to help states quickly invest in marketing, infrastructure, workforce, and other projects to rejuvenate safe leisure, business and international travel.
    • Competitive Grants: $240 million to help communities that have been hardest hit by challenges facing the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation sectors to invest in infrastructure, workforce or other projects to support the recovery of the industry and economic resilience of the community in the future. For more information, click here.  State Tourism applications are due 60 days after receiving an invitation.  Competitive Tourism applications are due within 60 days of invitation.
  • Economic Adjustment Assistance – The Economic Adjustment Assistance program is EDA’s most flexible program, and grants made under this program will help hundreds of communities across the nation plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through construction or non-construction projects designed to meet local needs.  For more information, click here. Rolling due date for applications.
  • Iowa Economic Development (IEDA) Rural Leadership Program – This program provides training, mentorship, and funding to rural communities and regions initiating leadership programs. If Iowa wants rural communities to survive and thrive, it will take strong local leadership.  Grantees will participate in a two-day boot camp resulting in a work plan and a one-year mentorship. For more information, click here.
  • T-Mobile Hometown Grants Program – In partnership with Main Street America and Smart Growth America, T-Mobile is committing $25 million toward small-town grants over the next five years through its Hometown Grants program. The program will award up to 100 towns per year with project funding grants of up to $50,000 each. The program will focus on revitalizing community spaces in towns with 50,000 people or less. Main Street programs are encouraged to apply. For more information, click here.
  • Power of Connection Community Grant Program (IA) – This innovative economic development program is designed to pair rural communities seeking assistance with IRDC resource teams. Those teams drive both community conversations and solution development for problems or projects. Ultimately, grants of up to $5,000 – funded by ITC Midwest and the IRDC – may be awarded to rural communities for capacity building, strategic planning, studies or assessment.  For more information, click here.
  • Community Heart & Soul Offering $10,000 in Seed Grant (IA NE & SD) – A funding opportunity for small cities and towns nationwide. The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides startup funding of $10,000 for resident-driven groups in communities with populations of 2,500 to 30,000 to implement the Community Heart & Soul model. The Community Heart & Soul model engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it. For more information, click here.

  • Iowa CDBG Community Facilities (IA)– Program assists projects such as daycare facilities, senior centers, vocational workshops, and other community services such as stormwater projects.  For more information, click here.  Applications due September 2023.
  • Iowa CDBG Career Link  Employee Training (IA) –  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 (IA) –  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 (IA) –  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 (IA NE SD) – 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) (IA) – 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) (IA)– Iowa’s CWSRF is the best choice to finance publicly owned wastewater treatment, sewer rehabilitation, replacement, and construction, and stormwater quality improvements. Eligible projects include water and wastewater infrastructure, agricultural best management practices, and other water quality projects. For more information, click here.
  • Iowa DOT/DNR Fund (IA)– Funding provided for the roadside beautification of primary system corridors with plant materials. Maximum of $100,000 per application per year. For more information, click here.
  • Good Sports Equipment Grants (IA NE & SD) – 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.
  • Stormwater Best Management Practices Loan (IA)– This program facilitates low-interest loans to private and public entities for implementing environmentally responsible strategies for stormwater management. For more information, click here.
  • Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants (IA) – 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 Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (IA) – 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 (IA)  – Assist cities in complying with the Americans 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) (IA) – 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 (IA NE & SD) – 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) (IA NE & SD) – 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 (IA) – 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) (IA) – Provides 100 hours of engineering assistance for operations and traffic safety issues. For more information, click here.
  • Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Program (IA) – 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 the approximate amount of funding available. For more information, click here.
  • United Way of Siouxland Small Grants (IA) –  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 (IA NE & SD)  –  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.
  • Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Program (IA) – 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.
  • Sunderland Foundation (IA & NE) – The Sunderland Foundation makes grants annually to charitable organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The foundation prefers to make grants for construction and special interest projects rather than for annual operating expenses. Grants for planning, design, construction, renovation, repairs and restoration of facilities are considered. For more information, click here.
  • Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation Community Facilities Fund (IA NE & SD) – Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Community Facilities Fund is a loan that provides capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000.  For more information, click here.
  • Trees Forever (IA) – Grants available across Iowa to help diversity community forests and in areas that welcome the public.  Projects may include planting seedling trees and woody shrubs in public spaces including but not limited to county and community parks, trail ways, roadsides, stream corridors, at schools and civic buidling, cemetreries, and more.  For more information, click here.

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.