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.

Workforce Housing Tax Credits – Funding available for qualified housing projects in the 10 Iowa counties under the Presidential Disaster declaration.  The funding is part of the Empower Rural Iowa Act and is designed to encourage housing rehabilitation and development in communities that have lost housing or can demonstrate a housing need as a result of a disaster.

Currently, the following 10 counties that meet the criteria are:

  •  Fremont
  •  Harrison
  •  Lousia
  • Mills
  • Monona
  • Muscatine
  • Pottawattamie
  • Scott
  • Shelby
  • Woodbury

Eligible projects include single-family or multi-family new construction or rehabilitation, as well as upper story housing development.  Applications are being accepted now via www.iowagrants.gov.  IEDA will accept and review applications on a first-come, first-serve basis until available tax credits are fully allocated.

For more information, please contact Nichole Hansen with Iowa EDA.

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.

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Disaster Supplemental NOFA –  funding is available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by Presidentially declared a natural disaster in 2018 and floods and tornadoes in 2019. Eligible applicants under the EAA program include a(n): (i) District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District (EDD); (ii) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (iii) State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; (iv) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or (v) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State. EDA is not authorized to provide EAA grants to individuals or for profit entities.
There are no application deadlines and the agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until the publication of a new Disaster Supplemental NOFO, cancellation of this NOFO, or all funds are obligated. Disaster recovery projects must be consistent with the U.S. Department of Commerce Disaster Recovery Investment Priorities.
For more information, please visit the EDA and Disaster Recovery page.

 

Grants due in December:

  • 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 6.
  • Farm to School Grant – The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. For more information, click here. Applications are due by December 13.
  • Iowa West Foundation – Tourism, recreation, and entertainment capital projects. For more information, click here. Applications due by December 16.
  •  2020 Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities Program – Provides tailored technical assistance to develop safe routes to parks action plans and awards $12,500 to each community to begin implementation of those plans providing clear steps to improve local park access for people walking, biking, and rolling.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by December 16.
  • 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.
  •  2020 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.  Applicatons due by December 20.
  • Smart Rural Communities Collaborations Challenge –  Grants will provide up to $5,000 to support the development and deployment of innovative broadband-enabled solutions to support rural commerce and economic development, education, energy, health care, public safety, or other community-oriented initiatives.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by December 31.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Enhance Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism Grant – The Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) program assist communities in the development and creation of multiple purpose attraction or tourism facilities. CAT awards can help position a community to take advantage of economic development opportunities in tourism and strengthen a community’s competitiveness as a place to work and live.  For more information, click here.  Applications due January 15.
  • Business Leadership Community Grant Program – Includes but not limited to healthy lifestyles, population health, data accumulation, workplace safety/wellness, community needs assessment, children and youth issues, healthy aging, arts and health collaborations, and sustainability of multi-generational, livable communities.  For more information, click here.  Applications due January 15.
  •  CDBG Community Facilities – Program assists projects such as day care facilities, senior centers, vocational workshops and other community services such as storm water projects.  For more information, click here.  Applications due January 17.
  •  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 amentities for citizens in small Iowa communities.  For more informaton, click here.  Applications due by January 31.
  •  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 31.

Grants due in February:

  • Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities – The University of Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) is seeking proposals from Iowa towns, cities, counties, regional entities, and other community-based organizations to become an IISC community partner, beginning in August 2018. The successful applicant will benefit from roughly 20,000 hours of work from the University of Iowa students and faculty. Projects are incorporated into academic courses at the University of Iowa, providing experiential learning for hundreds of students while significantly impacting sustainability in partner communities. For more information, click here. Applications are due by February 1.
  • Iowa Foundation for Parks and Recreation – Funding for 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 February 1.
  • Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program – Up to $1.2 million is available for projects that accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds across the U.S. The primary focus for applicants should be protection and stewardship of land in the watershed, rather than restoration of degraded habitats or projects with a strict water quality improvement outcome. For more information, click here. Applications are due by February 4.
  • SIMPCO MPO (Iowa) Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program –  STBG provides flexible funding that may be used by states and localities for transportation projects.  The intent of these projects is to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any Federal-aid highway, bridge, public road, pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure and transit capital projects.  Each year, approximately $2.5 million is available in STBG funds for the Sioux City Metropolitan Area.  Applications can be found on the SIMPCO website (click here).  Applications are due by February 9.
  • 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 9.
  • 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.
  • The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) – Awards grants that support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. For more information, click here. Applications 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.
  • KaBoom! Community Construction Grant  –  Dr. Pepper Snapple and KaBoom have teamed up to offer $15,00 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by February 17
  • 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 21.
  • 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 22.
  • 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 22.
  • Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD) Small Grant – Open to all Woodbury County non-profits, including churches, athletic programs, human service agencies, governmental bodies and more.  Grants are for $10,000 or less. Grant program opens in mid-February. For more information, click here.
  • New Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant Program Supporting Small and Rural Libraries – This funding opportunity is designed to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities. For more information, click here. Applications due February 25.

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 2.
  • 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 March 6.
  • 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.
  • Iowa West Foundation – Community development, economic development, education, and human needs projects. For more information, click here. Applications due March 15.
  • 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 March 19.
  • FEMA SAFER Grant – Staffing, recruiting, and training for volunteer and paid fire departments and EMS agencies. For more information, click here. Applications due March 22.
  • 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 29.
  • 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.

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.
  • USDA Rural Energy for America (REAP) – Renewable energy construction and energy efficiency improvements for business enterprises. For more information, click here. Applicatons due April 1.
  • Challenge America – This program offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. For more information, click here. Applications due by April 11.
  • South Dakota Industrial Park Road Grants – This program is a means to assist cities and towns who have a new industry coming to their community and need new or expanded access to the industry. For more information, click here. Applications due April 15.
  • United Way of Siouxland FOCUS Grants –  These one-time grants, between $20,000 and $50,000, will be awarded to programs or initiatives aligned with community outcomes outlined in the United Way’s Agenda for Change. FOR 2018: In addition to the regular FOCUS Grants, a one-time grant up to $30,000 will be awarded specifically for a program that fits within the UWS Agenda for Change that is targeted to helping children 0-18.  For more information, click here.  Letter of intent due April 15.
  • Agri-Business Access Grant – This program is a means for local governments to address road needs associated with new agri-business, such as ethanol plants, large-scale elevators, etc. In many cases, these new agri-businesses create additional truck traffic that an existing road may not be built to take. For more information, click here. Applications due by April 15.
  • Research Grants for Authors – support research and interpretive writing on topics related to Iowa history. Applicants who want to research and write about neglected topics or take a new approach to familiar topics go to the top of the list. Grants recipients must produce an annotated manuscript that will be considered for publication in the Annals of Iowa, the State Historical Society of Iowa’s scholarly journal. For more information, click here. Applications due by April 15.
  • USDA – Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant – Provides financial assistance to enable and improve distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. For more information, click here. Applications due April 15.
  • AARP Community Challenge – The AARP Community Challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for all residents. Types of projects include transportation and mobility options, creating vibrant public places, support housing, and projects that increase accessibility.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due April 17.
  • Iowa CDBG Community Facilities and Services Fund – This annual competitive program assists projects such as day care facilities, senior centers, vocational workshops and other community services such as 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.
  • 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 April 19.
  • ReConnect Rural Broadband Program (100 Percent Grant) – One of the essential goals of this program is to expand broadband service to rural areas without sufficient broadband access. For more information, click here. Applications due by April 29.

Grants due in May:

  • Iowa Arts Council Project Grant – Funding for arts projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in the state, demonstrate public value and support Iowa Arts Council funding priorities. This includes applications for School Arts Experience Grant, Capacity building Grant, Artist Fellowship Grant, Art Project Grant, and Cultural Heritage Project Grant. For more information, click here. Applications due by May 1.
  • Iowa Great Places – Great Places Designations: Designations may be used in signage and marketing material to promote the area. Newly designated Iowa Great Places are added to the Iowa Great Places network on an annual basis through a competitive application process. Once designated, networking, professional development, and technical assistance will be provided to the community by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition to the benefits of designation, each designated Iowa Great Place has the opportunity to apply for grant funding for a single project during each five-year designation cycle. For more information, click here. Designations applications due by May 1.
  • Capacity Building Grants – provide funding for general operating expenses to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Applicants are encouraged to register for a live information webinar scheduled for 11 a.m. on March 6 before the application deadline on May 1. For more information, click here.
  • Cultural Heritage Project Grants – Funding to nonprofits and communities for projects that create jobs and provide access to cultural heritage experiences. Applicants are encouraged to register for a live informational webinar scheduled for 11 a.m. on February 28 before the application deadline on May 1. For more information, click here.
  • Iowa CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Fund – This annual competitive program assists communities rehabilitating single-family homes used as principal residences. The goal of this program is to provide economic opportunities for people, especially those of low-and-moderate income. For more information, click here. Annual applications due in by May 4.
  • United Airlines Trust Fund – In appreciation of Siouxland’s response to United Flight 232, United airlines established a fund within the foundation. Non-profit organizations and qualified units of government within a 50-mile radius of Sioux City are eligible to receive grants from this fund. Grants generally do not exceed $2,500. For more information click here. Applications due by May 15.
  • Iowa DNR Conservation Education Program – The Conservation Education Program (CEP) is a key provision of the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Act of 1989. A five-member board implements the CEP and annually they allocate approximately $350,000 in grants for conservation education in Iowa.  For more information, click here.  Applications are due by May 15.
  • Fund for Siouxland – Funding for arts & culture, civic affairs, education, health, human services. Grants are available to nonprofit organizations and qualified units of governments within a 50-mile radius of Sioux City. Grants generally do not exceed $5,000. For more information, click here. Applications due May 15.
  • Iowa CDBG Downtown Revitalization Fund – Community leaders can use this program to rehabilitate blighted downtown buildings. The goal of this program is to provide economic opportunities for people, especially those of low- and moderate income. For more information, click here. Annual applications due by May 17.
  • KaBoom! Community Construction Grant  –  Dr. Pepper Snapple and KaBoom have teamed up to offer $15,00 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by May 17.
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Affordable Housing Program – Housing grants for home ownership, down payment assistance, rental housing, development projects, and rehabilitation/renovation. For more information, click here. Applications due by May 31.
  • 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 May 31.
  • ReConnect Rural Broadband Program (50 Percent Loan/ 50 Percent Grant) – One of the essential goals of this program is to expand broadband service to rural areas without sufficient broadband access. For more information, click here. Applications due by May 31.
  • Recreation Economy for Rural Communities – Planning assistance program to help communities develop strategies and an action plan to revitalize their Main Streets through outdoor recreation.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by May 21.

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 7.
  • Gilchrist Foundation – The mission of The Gilchrist Foundation is to further the philanthropic interests of the Gilchrist family in the arts, wildlife and conservation, public broadcasting, and disaster relief. The Foundation provides incentives and funds to pre-selected non-profit organizations that further these goals, with a preference for the Sioux City area. Most grants are for a single year, but multi-year grants may be requested. Four kinds of grant applications are available: (1) raising endowment funds; (2) contributing to capital campaigns; (3) funding special projects; and (4) micro-grants. The goal of our endowment awards is to promote viable endowments, with healthy board participation.  For more information, click here.  Grant applications due June 28.

Grants due in July:

  • Iowa DOT State Recreational Trails program – The recreational trails program provides funds to establish recreational trails in Iowa for the use, enjoyment and participation of the public.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by 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.
  • ART Works Grant – Art works by enhancing the value of individuals and communities by connecting each other and by empowering creativity and innovation in our society and economy. For more information, click here. Applications due by July 11.
  • ReConnect Rural Broadband Program (100 Percent Loan) – One of the essential goals of this program is to expand broadband service to rural areas without sufficient broadband access. For more information, click here. Applications due by July 12.
  • Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) –  The eligibility requirements of BUILD allow project sponsors at the State and local levels to obtain funding for multi-modal, multi-jurisdictional projects that are more difficult to support through traditional DOT programs. For more information, click here.  Applications due by July 15
  • South Dakota Community Access Road Grants – This program is a means for small towns to pave or reconstruct important local roads such as their Main Street. For more information, click here. Applications due by July 15.
  • South Dakota Agri Business Access Grant – This program is a means for local governments to address road needs associated with new agri-business, such as ethanol plants, large-scale elevators, etc. In many cases, these new agri-businesses create additional truck traffic that an existing road may not be built to take. For more information, click here. Applications due by July 15.
  • South Dakota Industrial Park Road Grants – This program is a means to assist cities and towns who have a new industry coming to their community and need new or expanded access to the industry. For more information, click here. Applications due by July 15.
  • Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD) Special Grant – Open to all Woodbury County non-profits, including churches, athletic programs, human service agencies, governmental bodies and more.  Grants are for $25,000 to $250,000 with a required 25% local match. Grant program opens in July.  For more information, click here.

Grants due in August:

  • Iowa REAP Parks and Open Spaces Grant – Recreational grants for acquisition and development of open space and park areas. For more information, click here. Applications due by August 15.
  • Iowa 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.
  • The Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County – The Foundation of Greater Plymouth County was formed in 2005 to coordinate and provide philanthropic
    support for community betterment projects in Plymouth County. The CFGPC is an affiliate of the Iowa Community Affiliate Network, a collaboration of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and the Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation. Each year the Foundation makes grant awards to worthwhile projects located in the county that are identified through this community grant application process.  For more information, click here.   Applications due August 15.
  • Iowa West Foundation – Tourism, recreation, and entertainment capital projects. For more information, click here. Applications due by August 16.

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 2.
  • 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 3.
  • Iowa Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment Financial Assistance Fund – Created to give grants to water and wastewater projects.  For more informaton, click here.  Applications due September 13.
  • 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.
  • KaBoom! Community Construction Grant  –  Dr. Pepper Snapple and KaBoom have teamed up to offer $15,00 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by September 16.
  • Diesel Emission Reduction Grant – The IDOT program for diesel fleets in the state of Iowa designed to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions among on=road or non-road vehicles and equipment, including school buses, medium-and heady-duty transit buses and trucks, marine engines, locomotives and more.  For more information, click here. Applicatons due by September 16.
  • Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism Grant – The Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) program assist communities in the development and creation of multiple purpose attraction or tourism facilities. CAT awards can help position a community to take advantage of economic development opportunities in tourism and strengthen a community’s competitiveness as a place to work and live.  For more information, click here.  Applications due September 25.
  • 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.
  • U.S. EPA Local Foods, Local Places – Technical assistance for communities interested in revitalizing neighborhoods through the development of local food systems.  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 Federal Recreational Trails –  Funding for motorized and non-motorized recreational trails and trail-related projects.  For more information, click here.  Applications due by October 1.
  • Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program (ICAAP) – Funding for highway/street, transit, bicycle/pedestrian or freight projects or programs which help maintain Iowa’s clean air quality by reducing transportation-related emissions. Eligible highway/street projects must be on the Federal-aid system. Click here for more information. Applications due by October 1.
  • Iowa’s Statewide Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) – Funding for surface transportation alternatives projects and initiatives that are statewide or multiregional in nature and relate to transportation. For more information, click here. Applications due by October 1.
  • Iowa Tourism Council Grant Program – Funding provided to promote tourism in Iowa by funding tourism-related marketing initiatives and meetings, events and professional development efforts that benefit local economies around the state and the state’s economy. For more information, click here. Applications due by October 2.
  • Iowa DNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program – The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant program provides matching funds to fire departments for the purchase of wildland fire related equipment.  For more information, click here. Applications due October 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 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.
  • People for Bikes Community Grant Program – Funding provided for projects with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development. For more information, click here. Letter of interest due by October 18.
  • Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program – Funding available for communication service providers who expand high-speed Internet service into unserved areas in Iowa.  For more information, click here.  Application due by October 18.

Grants due in November:

  •  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 November 1.
  •  FY 2020 Rural YMCA Facility Improvement Grant –  Program to strengthen rural Iowa communities by investing in facility infrastructure projects to sustain youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility initiatives.  For more information, click here.  Applications due November 1.
  • Vacant State Building Demolition Fund & Vacant State Building Rehabilitation Fund – Provides funds to support the mitigation of dilapidated, state-owned properties that can be redeveliped for economic development purposes.  For more infomation, click here.  Application due by November 27.

Open Deadline Grants:

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

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.