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.

 

Nebraska CDBG Coronavirus Funding – The Nebraska DED will administer two allocations in CDBG-CV funding to assist in community-level recovery, prevention, and preparation efforts relating to the coronavirus.  This funding was allocated to the STate by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Cities, villages, and counties are eligible.  For more information: click here. 

Infectious Disease Response CDBG Grant – Funding available for qualified communities in all 99 counties excluding Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Ames, Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Iowa City, Dubuque, Davenport, and West Des Moines.  Funds available for job training to expand the pool of health care workers, provide additional testing, diagnosis or other services at a fixed or mobile location, provide additional equipment, supplies and material necessary to carry out a public service, and create an expanded meal delivery service for quarantined individuals.  Funds available on a reimbursement basis after a contract with IEDA is signed.  For more information: click here.

Iowa Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant program –  FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs provide funding opportunities for pre-and post-disaster mitigation.

The State is accepting Notice of Interests (NOIs) for those eligible hazard mitigation project types that will reduce or eliminate losses from future natural disasters, including but not limited to:

  • Priority #1 (category A) Property Acquisition/Elevation, electric utility hardening, detention basins, warning sirens.
  • Priority #2 (category B) Elevate/protect wastewater lift stations, backup generators.
  • Priority #3 (category C) Tornado Safe Rooms, small flood barriers.

For more information, click here.

Grants due in May:

  • 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 due May 3.
  • 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 due May 3.
  • The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program – provides financial assistance to eligible organizations working on or planning to work on projects to address local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities.  The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships with other stakeholders (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, academia, etc.) to develop solutions that will significantly address environmental and/or public health issue(s) at the local level. For more information.  Applications due by May 7.
  • The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program –  supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Environmental Justice Small Grants fund projects up to $50,000, depending on the availability of funds in a given year. For more information, click here.  Applications due May 7.
  • Middle Income Workforce Housing Fund – This will support matching grants to nonprofit development organizations who administer local workforce housing investment funds; the grants will support investment in owner-occupied workforce housing within older urban neighborhoods in Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy counties. For more information, click here.  Applications due May 12.
  • 2021 Special MRHD Grant – Funding available for Woodbury County and adjacent counties in Iowa.  Open to all non=profits, including churches, athletic programs, human service agencies, and governmental bodies.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by May 13.
  • 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.
  • 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 May 15.
  • 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 due May 17.
  • 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 17.

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.
  • Wellmark 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 5.
  • IEDA Workforce Housing Tax Credits – 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.  Applications due by June 8.
  • 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 June 15.
  • 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 June 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.  Application due June 19.

Grants due in July:

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • CDBG Housing Fund – Assists communities with preserving existing housing stock and creating new housing opportunities. For more information, click here. For more information, click here.  Applications due by July 31.
  • CDBG Downtown Revitalization – The goal of this program is to provide economic opportunities for people, assisting community leaders to use this program to rehabilitate blighted downtown buildings. For more information, click here. Applications due by July 31.
  • Iowa CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Fund – This annual competitive program assists communities in 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 by July 31.
  • Union Pacific Community Ties Giving Program:  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 due July 31.

Grants due in August:

  • Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) – The goal is to improve transportation facilities that provide access to, are adjacent to, or are located within Federal lands.  The program is managed through the Federal Highway Administration – Federal Lands Highway Divisions.  Eligible applicants include State, county, tribal, or city government agencies that own or maintain the transportation facility. For more information, click here.  Applications due by August 3.
  • 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.
  • Iowa West Foundation – Community development, economic development, education, and human needs projects. For more information, click here. Applications are due August 15.
  • 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 17.

Grants Due in September:

  • Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) –  IISC is a campus-wide effort to enhance the capacity of rural and urban communities in Iowa to address the environmental, equity, economic, and cultural issues they face today and help them plan for a sustainable future.  IISC is seeking community partners! University of Iowa students will work in communities to complete community-wide projects. Letters of Interest to be the next community partner are due by September 1.  For more information, click here.
  • 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 State Revolving Fund (SRF) – Funding through 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 due by September 1.
  • Iowa Clean Water Loan Program– Created to give loans to water and wastewater projects.  For more information, click here.  Applications due September 1.
  • Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) is accepting applications to help rural communities enhance their capacity for broadband access, the preservation of cultural and historic structures, and support for the development of transportation, housing, and recreational spaces.  For more information, click here.  Applications due September 10.
  • Nebraska CDBG Downtown Revitalization –  Funding to revitalize or redevelop downtown infrastructure and develop a greater capacity for growth, addressing health and safety concerns and commercial revitalization within the traditional business centers of Nebraska communities. For more information, click here. Applications due September 15.
  •  2019 Iowa Great Places – Program seeks to recognize communities that take action to enhance their local places while staying true to the qualities that make them unique.  Designated communities have demonstrated a vision that values their assets while challenging themselves to set realistic goals for advancing their quality of life.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by September 18.
  • 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 community-based development organizations. For more information, click here. Applications due by September 30.
  • 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. Applications due by September 30.

Grants due in October:

  • Iowa CDBG Water and Sewer Funds – 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’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 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.
  • South Dakota Industrial Park Road Grants – 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.
  • 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.
  • Rural Housing Assessment Grant – This 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 by October 15.

Grants due in November:

  • Historic Preservation Tax Credit – This program offers tax credits to developers who sensitively rehabilitate historic buildings to offer them a new life. For more information, click here.  Applications due by November 2.
  • USDA Rural Utilities Service Grant – Up to $5 million in competitive grants to eligible entities to fund a new pilot program.  This pilot program called the Technical Assistance and Training for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions Grant Pilot Program was designed for the study of innovative treatment solutions of regional wastewater systems for historically impoverished communities that have difficulty installing traditional wastewater treatment systems due to soil conditions.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by November 4.
  • Linking Iowa’s Freight Transportation program (LIFTS) – Opportunity to improve Iowa’s multimodal freight transportation system.  The purpose is to provide grants to projects that have economic and public health benefits by enhancing the shipment of freight but are typically ineligible for state or federal highway funding.  For more information, click here. Applications due by November 6.
  • USDA Rural Development Nebraska FY21 RBDG Program – Supporting Nebraska’s rural businesses, 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 November 6.
  • Rural Healthcare Workforce Training – ETA has announced the availability of grant funds for the intent to alleviate healthcare workforce shortages by creating sustainable employment and training programs in healthcare occupations serving rural populations.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by November 13.
  • Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities – Provides quick, targeted technical assistance to selected communities using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. This round of Building Blocks will offer a more flexible approach that leverages EPA staff expertise, facilitates rapid learning and exchange, does not rely on in-person workshops, and focuses on emerging challenges communities face related to land use planning and development.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by November 20.
  • Vacant State Building Demolition Fund & Vacant State Building Rehabilitation Fund – Provides funds to support the mitigation of dilapidated, state-owned properties that can be redeveloped for economic development purposes.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by November 27.

Grants due in December:

  • Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP) for Tribal Communities – Technical assistance funding to hire consultants to identify, evaluate, or assess the market for energy or mineral resources that a Tribe will process, use, or develop.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by December 2.
  • Scaling Pandemic Resilience through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT!) Challenge – A $25 million national grant competition funded through the CARES Act that will enable organizations to address the economic, health, and safety risks caused by the pandemic through innovation and entrepreneurship.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by December 3.
  • County Bridge Match Program – Provides funding to counties for the innovative replacement and repair of deficient county bridges.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by December 4.
  • Iowa West Foundation – Tourism, recreation, and entertainment capital projects. For more information, click here. Applications due by December 15.
  • Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities Program – Provides tailored technical assistance, along with a $12,500 award, for seven nonprofit organizations to develop and initiate action plans to increase safe and equitable walking, biking, or transit access to parks and green space.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by December 18.
  • 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.
  • FTA’s Section 5310 Program – Transportation needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities for whom mass transportation services are unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate. For more information, click here.  Applications due by December 18.
  •  2021 Leadership in Community Resilience Program – The goal of the LCR is to improve the capacity of local governments as they identify and achieve their climate resilience and disaster preparedness benchmarks.  $10,000 grant to build local resilience capacity by supporting an implementation project or hosting a mayoral-level engagement event.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by December 20, 2021.
  • USDA Community Connect Grant Program – USDA Rural Development program to provide financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide service at or above the Broadband Grant Speed to all premises in rural, economically-challenged communities where broadband service does not exist.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by December 23.
  • USDA Technical Assistance and Training Program – Water and Waste Water Systems –  This program has been established to 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.

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 due January 1.
  • 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 8.
  • 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 due by January 14.
  • 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.
  • 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 due by January 29.
  • Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities – Funding for pre-disaster mitigation activities. For more information, click here. Applications due by January 29.
  •  Iowa Foundation for Parks and Recreation 2020 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 due by January 29.
  •  Pre-Disaster Mitigation Assistance – 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 due January 29.
  • FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant – BRIC will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. For more information, click here.  Applications due by January 29.

Grants due in February:

  • Iowa’s Rural Heritage Revitalization Grants – Supports physical preservation projects, including architectural and engineering services.  The grants are designed to help fund the rehabilitation of National Register-listed properties in Iowa’s rural communities.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by February 1.
  • 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 February 1.
  • YOUTH BUILD – The Department of Labor will award grants through a competitive process to organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services to at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24, while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. In addition to construction skills training, YouthBuild applicants may include occupational skills training in other in-demand industries. For more information, click here. Applications due by February 9.
  • 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 February 10.
  • FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant -The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations.   For more information, click here.  Applications due by February 12.
  • Missouri River Historical Development (MHRD) Grant – Program to help fund programs and services throughout Woodbury County in areas of economic development, tourism, health, and human services, civic, public, charitable, patriotic, historical, religious, community improvements, culture, leisure, and education.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by February 15.
  • 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 15.
  • 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 21.  Application available January 15.
  • 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 due to SIMPCO by February 21.  Application available January 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 $2.5 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 21.
  • 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 $129,000 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 due to SIMPCO by February 21.
  • 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.  Applications due by February 25.
  • 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 February 26.
  • Iowa’s Rural Business Development Grant – Program designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses.  Funding may be used for training and technical assistance, project planning, development of land, construction, pollution control, distance adult learning for job training, etc.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by February 26.

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.
  •  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 due by March 1.
  • Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) – All rural communities of 50,000 or less are eligible to apply for the CIRD local Design Workshop and Design Learning Cohort opportunities. Workshops should plan to follow local health safety guidelines and virtual workshop options are available. We encourage applications from nonprofits, tribal or municipal governments, regional planning organizations, and other community partners. We hope to hear from a variety of rural communities from a wide range of backgrounds, geographies, and capacities. For more information, click here.  Applications due by March 12.
  • Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust Funding Program – The first funding program will offer $4.9 million across the three eligible project categories listed below. Private organizations, public transit system operators, cities, counties, and schools that own and operate diesel fleets and equipment in Iowa are eligible to sponsor projects for these projects.  The second 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 Interstates 80 and 35 and will help to fill in gaps in the developing charging equipment infrastructure network. In addition to filling the gaps along I-80 and I-35, the I-29, I-380, and U.S. 20 corridors have been identified as secondary corridors eligible for funding under this program. For more information, click here.  Applications due by March 15.
  • Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program – The goal is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire=related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations, and State Fire Training Academies.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by March 12.
  • 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.
  • Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants – EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by March 16.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 due by March 31.
  • Intermediary Relending Program – The purpose of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service program is to provide direct loans to intermediaries that establish revolving loan programs for the purpose of providing loans to ultimate recipients for business facilities and community developments in a rural area as outlined in 7 CFR 4274.301(b).  For more information, click here.  Applications due by March 31.
  • Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program – Program that supports the development and ongoing success of rural microentrep[reneurs and microenterprises.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by March 31.

Grants due in April:

  • 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.
  • 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 April 2. For more information, click here.
  • 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 April 14.
  • Iowa West Foundation – Community development, economic development, education, and human needs projects. For more information, click here. Applications due April 15.
  • Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program – Assists communities with the redevelopment, rehabilitation, or deconstruction of buildings to stimulate economic growth or reinvestment in the community.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by April 16.
  • Rural Housing Assessment Grant Program – This program supports the use of publicly available, online information through the “Profile of Iowa” tool and rural community efforts to interpret publicly available hard data to implement changes through development codes, local ordinances, and housing incentives specific to individual community needs.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by April 16.
  • Rural Innovations Grant Program – This program supports creative, non-traditional ideas that focus on current issues and challenges face by rural communities associated with the themes of community investment, growth and connection.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by April 16.
  • 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 due by April 19.
  • 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 due by April 30.

Open Deadline Grants:

  • Community Heart & Soul Offering $10,000 in Seed Grant – 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.

  • CDBG Community Facilities – 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.
  • 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. *NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
  • 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 stormwater 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 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 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) – 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 the 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.
  • 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.
  • Sunderland Foundation – 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 – 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 Seedling Program – Grants available across Iowa to help diversify 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 buildings, cemeteries, 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.