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.


Iowa CDBG Coronavirus Funding (CDBG- CV) – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) recently announced new CDGB funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for non-entitlement cities. Activities must be an eligible CDGB activity; prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19; and meet one of three national objectives: prevention and elimination of slum and blight; benefit low- to moderate-income persons; or meet an urgent need. IEDA will accept applications for the following activities: public facilities/public spaces, public Wi-Fi/broadband access, microenterprise assistance, housing conversion, commercial façade improvements, food bank/food program assistance, and daycare assistance. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that a minimum of 80 percent of all funding must be spent/disbursed by July 20, 2023. IEDA will require projects to be completed and have all CDGB funds drawn down by this date. If you have a project you are interested in applying for, please contact Erin Berzina at erinb@simpco.org.

Nebraska CDBG Coronavirus Funding (NE) – 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 (IA)– 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 are available on a reimbursement basis after a contract with IEDA is signed.  For more information: click here.


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) – 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

Please check back for updates

Grants due in December:

  • Iowa West Foundation (IA) – Tourism, recreation, and entertainment capital projects. For more information, click here. Applications 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.
  • 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 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.

Grants due in January:

  • 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 January 15, 2021.
  • 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.
  • 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 due by January 26.
  •  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.
  • Hazard 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, 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 due by January 29, 2022.
  • Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities – Funding for pre-disaster mitigation activities. For more information, click here. Applications due by January 29, 2022.

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 February 15.
  • Wellmark Small MATCH Grant Program – Large (IA & SD)– 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 February 17, 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 February 19, 2021.
  • 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.
  • 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.  Applications due March 15, 2022.
  • 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 due March 15, 2022.

  • 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.
  • 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 March 31, 2021.

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, 2021.
  • 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 due by April 15, 2021.
  • 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 April 15, 2021.
  • 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.

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.
  • Wellmark Small MATCH Grant Program – Small (IA & SD)– 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 May 26, 2021.
  • 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 May 28, 2021.

Grants due in June:

  • 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 due by June 1, 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 due by June 1, 2021.
  • 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 due by June 1, 2021.
  • 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 due by June 30, 2021.
  • 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, 2021.
  • Nebraska CDBG Emergent Threat (NE) – Funds can be used to assist local units of government with situations that pose a serious and immediate threat to public health, safety, or welfare. Priority is given to those projects that are meeting the Emergent Threat (EM) criteria.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by June 30, 2021.
  • 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 due by June 30, 2021.
  • 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 a successful addition to the labor force.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by June 30, 2021.

Grants due in July:

  • 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 due July 1, 2021.
  • 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 due by July 1, 2021.
  • High Energy Cost Grant (IA, NE, SD)  – Assists energy providers and other eligible entities in lowering energy costs for families and individuals in areas with extremely high per-household energy costs (275 percent of the national average or higher.)  For more information, click here.  Applications due by July 6, 2021.
  • 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 due by July 12, 2021.
  • Community Mobility Design Challene 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.
  • 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 due by July 15, 2021.
  • 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 due by July 15, 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 by July 15, 2021.
  • 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 due by July 19, 2021.
  • Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) – Eligible entities may use the funds to help rural communities create plans to enhance capacity for broadband access; preserve cultural and historic structures; and support development in transportation, housing, and recreational spaces.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by July 26, 2021.
  • Iowa CDBG Housing Fund (IA) – 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, 2021.
  • Iowa CDBG Downtown Revitalization (IA) – 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, 2021.
  • Iowa CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Fund (IA) – 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.  Applications due by July 31, 2021.
  • 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 due July 31, 2021.

Grants due in August:

  • 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 due by August 15, 2021.
  • BuyIT Program – Each city in Iowa is eligible for up to $9,500 for approved technology equipment purchases.  For more information, click here.  Applications due August 15, 2021.
  • Iowa West Foundation (IA) – Community development, economic development, education, and human needs projects. For more information, click here. Applications are due August 15, 2021.
  • 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 due by August 16, 2021.
  • Broadband Infrastructure Program (IA, NE, & SD) – Grants will be awarded to partnerships between a state, or political subdivisions of a state, and providers of fixed broadband service. In the priority order defined by the Act, NTIA will accept applications for projects that are designed to: Provide broadband service to the greatest number of households in an eligible area; provide broadband service to rural areas; be most cost-effective in providing broadband service, or provide broadband service with a download speed of at least 100 Mbps.  For more information, click here.  Applications due August 17, 2021.
  • Derecho Community Forestry Grant – Funds to be used for a community-based tree planting program for derecho recovery tree planting. A total of $250,000 in matching funds will be made available to state and local governments entities, schools and volunteer organizations, and service organizations involved with local urban and community forest services, for planting trees on publicly owned lands owned by the state, county or local governments and located within the State of Iowa. For more information, click here.  Applications due August 20, 2021.

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 due by September 1, 2021.
  • Iowa State Revolving Fund (SRF) (IA) – 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, 2021.
  • Iowa Clean Water Loan Program (IA)– Created to give loans to water and wastewater projects.  For more information, click here.  Applications due September 1, 2021.
  • Diesel Emission Reduction Act Program (DERA) – Designed to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions among on-road and non-road vehicles and equipment, including school buses, medium and heavy-duty transit buses, trucks, marine engines, locomotives, and other nonroad vehicles, engines, and equipment.  For more information, click here.   Applications due September 10, 2021.
  • Children’s Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities Grant – Grant to support projects that advance children’s environmental health through education, training, tools, and capacity building. Grant applications should reflect holistic approaches for reducing environmental exposures in schools and childcare settings through capacity building, trainings, and technical assistance. Proposals should also demonstrate a broad reach and collaborative problem-solving with appropriate partners. Projects must take place in schools and/or childcare centers that are located in minority or low-income communities and/or primarily serve student populations that are minority or low-income – for example, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, Title I schools, or Tribal schools.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by September 10, 2021.
  • Vacant State Building Fund – Funds available to cities or counties with a complete plan to demolish or rehabilitate currently vacant or under-utilized former state-owned facilities.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by September 30, 2021.
  • Community Change Grant – This program supports the growing network of advocates, organizations, and agencies working to advance walkability. Grants are awarded to innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects that create change and opportunities for walking and movement at the community level.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by September 30, 2021.

Open Deadline Grants:

  • 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.