Grant Opportunities

Some grants are commonly sought by SICOG members and other community development organizations in the region. This page provides a brief summary of some of the reoccurring grants. Please contact SICOG staff to determine the current status of all grants and to learn if the project being proposed will fit grant eligibility and priorities.





Funding Uses

Eligible Applicants

Due Date

Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs Certified Local Government Program

Historic preservation projects that include: National Register nominations, education projects, surveys, planning for preservation, and other planning projects

Iowa cities, counties, and land-use districts that have signed a Certified Local Government Agreement with the State of Iowa and are in good standing 

August 14, pre-application

Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership

Watershed and reservoir projects to enhance fisheries, including public awareness, construction, and program implementation

Non-governmental orgs (e.g., community associations, watershed user groups, cooperatives, civic groups), municipalities

September 1

Iowa Sponsored Projects

Funding through Iowa SRF program for watershed and storm water control projects.

Local governments that have a State Clean Water (sewer project) Revolving Fund loan

September 1

Alliant Energy Foundation

Small typically non-capital projects, such as signage, exhibits, landscaping, computers, program support

Local governments, civic organizations, and nonprofits in Alliant’s service area

September 1

IDOT RISE Local Competition

Transportation infrastructure in support or to allow development of value-added employment opportunities, such as industrial parks, commercial areas, etc.

City and County governments

September 1

Main Street Challenge Grant

Brick and mortar projects located within districts of participating Main Street Iowa communities.

Main Street Iowa communities

September 29

Iowa Water Recreation Access Cost Share Program

Water access projects such as docks, boat ramps, etc.

Local governments

September 30


Solid Waste Alternatives Program

Programs to encourage landfill alternatives – recycling, diversion, new technologies, new manufacturing processes, etc.

Local governments, non-profits, for-profits

September 30


Trees Forever/Iowa’s Living Roadways Visioning Program

Visioning sessions to gain ideas and design concepts to improve roadways, entranceways, and trail corridors.

Communities less than 10,000 population

September 30

CDBG Water and Sewer Program

Water and wastewater capital improvements: plants, mains, lagoons, pumps, towers, etc.

Local governments (governments can apply on behalf of sub-recipients, such as rural water associations and utility districts

October 1

Federal Recreational Trail Grant (IDOT)

Large regionally significant trail development projects

Local governments; non-profits may sponsor

October 1

Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT)

Tourism, recreation, and entertainment capital projects

Local governments, non-profits and some for profits

October 15

IDNR Wildlife Diversity Funds

Grants for research, habitat management, and environmental education supporting non-game wildlife.

Any wildlife management organization (including local governments)

November 1

Iowa West Foundation

Community development, economic development, education, and human needs projects

Local governments and non-profit organizations in Adams and Taylor Counties

November 15

IDNR Fish Habitat Program

90% cost share for acquisition and development of lands for fish habitat.

County conservation boards

November 30

IDNR Wildlife Habitat Promotion with Local Entities Program

75% cost share for acquisition and development of lands for wildlife habitat where hunting is allowed.

County conservation boards

November 30