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.

Source/ProgramFunding UsesSICOG Due Date
USDA Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance ProgramHelps a Microenterprise Development Organization to establish RLFs with capital funds so they can lend money to small businesses of fewer than 10 employees (Eligible: non-profit organizations and higher education)Ongoing
CDBG Community Facilities and
This annual competitive program offers grants to assist communities for a variety of projects including day care facilities, senior centers, vocational workshops and other community services such as storm water projects. (Eligible: local governments)Ongoing
Iowa Historic Preservation Tax Credits – small projectsUp to 25% of project cost in the form of a State tax credit to offset the costs of the building rehabilitation or restoration. Project must affect a designated historic building on the National Register of Historic Places.  Projects can have eligible costs up to $750,000 (Eligible: property owners – governments can partner to mobilize the project).Ongoing
ITC/ IRDC “Power of Connection” Community Grant ProgramGrants up to $5,000 for capacity building, strategic planning, studies or assessments for a variety of community programs and issues (Eligibility: rural communities)Ongoing
Highway Safety ImprovementProvides grants for low-cost, systematic safety improvements in the $10,000/mile range, focusing on lane departure crashes. (Eligible: local governments)Ongoing
Traffic Engineering Assistance
Program (TEAP)
Provides 100 hours of engineering assistance for operations and traffic safety issues. (Eligible: local governments)Ongoing
Alliant Energy Foundation Community Grants ProgramGrants for playgrounds, health and wellness projects, public safety, education, culture and arts, and other local needs. (Eligible: Local governments an non-profits in communities served by Alliant Energy)Ongoing, reviewed monthly
EDA Public Works ProgramThis is a large grant program for major economic development projects. EDA provides catalytic investments to help distressed communities build, design, or engineer critical infrastructure and facilities that will help implement regional development strategies and advance bottom-up economic development goals to promote regional prosperity. It provides resources to meet the construction and/or infrastructure design needs of communities to enable them to become more economically competitive. (Eligible: SICOG, local governments, high education, quasi-government agencies and districts)Ongoing
US DOT Rural and Tribal Assistance Pilot ProgramThe BIL created the Rural and Tribal Assistance Pilot Program, which makes $10 million available over five years to provide states, local governments, and tribal governments with grants to support project development leading to future applications to DOT credit or grant programs. The grants can support legal, technical, and financial advisors to help advance infrastructure projects.  (Eligible: local governments).Until funds are expended
IDNR Food Storage Capacity GrantGrants up to $8,000 to purchase food storage facilities (shelving, refrigerators, freezers, etc.) for food handling facilities (Eligible: food pantries, food banks, and other entitles that provide food to food-insecure Iowans).Until funds are expended
USDOT RAISE ProgramThis grant supports planning or constructing surface transportation infrastructure projects that will improve safety; environmental sustainability; quality of life; mobility and community connectivity; economic competitiveness and opportunity including tourism; state of good repair; partnership and collaboration; and innovation. It funds large projects with a positive benefit/cost in terms of safety, economic impact, and property value growth. (Eligible: Local governments).February 28
USDA Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG)Grants to entities that will create facilities to support job growth and training for employment. Enterprise grant purposes include projects for the acquisition and development of land, access streets and roads, the conversion or modernization
of buildings, capitalization of revolving loan funds and the purchase of machinery and equipment for businesses located in a rural area. (Eligible: local governments and certain nonprofits).
February 28
FEMA BRIC (Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities) GrantBRIC funds infrastructure projects that may have a hazard mitigation impact.  The project types are flexible.  There is additional resources for lower-income and unserved communities. (Eligible: local governments and certain nonprofits).February 29
NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance ProgramThis program provides technical assistance, planning, and design work toward recreational projects of a regional nature, such as trails, water trails, wildlife areas, and more. Design teams from state and federal agencies and other professionals guide local leaders through the process (Eligible: established community groups, nonprofit organizations, and local, state and federal agencies).March 1
IFA HOME ARPThe Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) was designated approximately $29 million in HOME-ARP funds in a one-time allocation. Every project must address a homelessness issue or address specific populations threatened with homelessness, including domestic abuse victims, human trafficking, etc. Funds can be used for construction, renovation, non-profit operating, non-profit capacity building, and supportive services. (Eligible: Cities, County, non-profit organizations, and for-profit entities).March 5
AARP Community Challenge GrantThis grant program funds smaller grants for project that improve quality of life targeted toward needs of seniors.  Topics include transportation access, housing, quality of life, and sense of place/placemaking.  This year there are three grant types: flagship grants, capacity-building microgrants, and demonstration grants (Eligible: local governments, nonprofits, community organizations).March 6
2023 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Program (AFG)This is a popular program that can fund up to 95% of the cost for area fire and EMS organizations to purchase needed high-priority fire equipment, PPE, vehicles, training, and wellness/fitness programs. (Eligible: fire departments of all types and non-affiliated EMS agencies (non-affiliated means they are not organizationally or directly affiliated with a fire department or hospital)).March 8
SBA Drought Disaster LoansLoans at low interest for small businesses and certain non-profits who suffered loss or are otherwise affected in some way by droughts (Eligible: business entities in Clarke and Decatur Counties).March 11
Iowa DOT Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula GrantsThis is a program to develop EV stations in rural Iowa along the interstate highway network. IDOT has put out a NOFO in early December. The program is technical and requires details about the technology to be installed, utilities to be provided to the area, and ownership of the property. The NEVI Formula Program aims to establish a DCFC infrastructure network consisting of sites with a minimum of four ports capable of continuous charging at 150 kW concurrently. These sites shall be located no farther than 50 miles apart and shall not be located more than 1 driving mile from the interstate interchange. (Eligible: Local governments in partnership with property owners and entities that own electrical infrastructure, such as utilities).March 13
IEDA Iowa Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant ProgramFunds to implement community-driven strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions through innovative energy efficiency measures or renewable energy deployment. The Iowa EECBG Program is a competitive grant program to fund eligible local energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. (Eligible: Local governments)March 18
FY2023 Historic Preservation Fund – Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Subgrant ProgramThis Department of the Interior program provides funding for historic preservation projects involving historic buildings.  This grant can be as large as $750,000.  A limited number of high-impact projects will be funded (Eligible: Local governments, special district governments, and nonprofits).March 19
USDOT Bridge Investment Program, Planning and Bridge Project GrantsTwo funding categories: (1) Planning and (2) Bridge Project grants (a project with total eligible costs not greater than $100 million) for awards under the Bridge Investment Program (BIP). This program provides grant to high-impact bridge projects (Eligible; A unit of local government or a group of local governments).March 19
Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration EMS Training Grants

Recruit and train EMS personnel in rural areas with a particular focus on addressing substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring disorders (COD) substance use and mental disorders. Recipients will be expected to train EMS personnel on SUD and COD, trauma-informed, recovery-based care for people with such disorders in emergency situations and, as appropriate, to maintain licenses and certifications relevant to serve in an EMS agency. Focus is on rural communities. (Eligible: rural emergency medical service agencies operated by a local or tribal government (fire-based and non-fire based) and rural non-profit emergency medical service agencies.)
March 20
Build with Bags GrantMicro-grant up to $2,000 to purchase recycled plastic outdoor furniture items, such as trash cans, benches, etc., for public use (Eligible: local governments, civic organizations, and non-profits)March 29
Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP)A USDA program that helps gas stations, convenience stores, and other fuel dispensing stations to add infrastructure for higher blends of renewable fuels, such as ethanol (Eligible: Owners of transportation fueling facilities and fuel distribution
Quarterly – Next March 31
USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)Grants for investment in private businesses and agricultural producers to make their enterprises more energy efficient or to install renewable systems. With the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, this program has been improved and better funded, so now is the time to apply. (Eligible: private for-profit entities).Quarterly – Next March 31
USDA Rural Economic Development Loans and GrantsGrants and loans to local and regional entities for economic development projects of all types, with a focus or bonus points for projects that have a climate benefit (Eligible: certain utility providers, such as RECs, who can sub-grant funds to other entities).Quarterly – Next March 31
IDNR Solid Waste Alternatives ProgramFunds can be used for such items as: Waste reduction equipment and installation, Recycling, collection, processing, or hauling equipment (including installation), Development, printing and distribution of educational materials, Planning and implementation of educational forums, workshops, etc., Purchase and installation of recycled content products, Salaries directly related to implementation and operation of the project (Eligible: local governments, non-profits, private organizations, individuals)Quarterly – Next March 31
Special Round of CDBG COVID-19 fundingIEDA issued a supplemental round of CDBG CV funds for public Wi-Fi and food bank projects. This grant up to $100,000 is for purchase of equipment and minor infrastructure investments to provide access to Wi-Fi in public places, such as libraries, open space plazas, pocket parks, etc., and improvements to food banks to serve more people. (Eligible: nonprofits as subrecipients with the City serving as a applicant).April 1
IEDA Butchery Innovation and Revitalization ProgramThe fund provides financial assistance in the form of grants to businesses for projects relating to small-scale meat processing, licensed custom lockers and mobile slaughter units to renovate, expand, and build facilities.  An assessment provided by the Center for Industrial Research & Service (CIRAS) must be submitted before applying for this grant program. This is due by March 7 (Eligible: private businesses registered in Iowa with 75 or fewer employees).April 18
Low and No Emission Grant Program and Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities ProgramFederal transit grant for low-emission vehicles and bus facilities, including charging facilities (Eligible: States, local governments, and subrecipients that operate transit systems).April 25
Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) Affordable Housing Program (AHP)The Affordable Housing Program provides grants (subsidies) for affordable housing of all types that benefits low- and moderate-persons and mixed-income projects. Work includes ownership and rental, single- and multi-family, and new and rehab (Eligible: local governments, non-profits, and private developers).May 1
Iowa Arts Project GrantProjects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in the state and demonstrate public value. Eligible art projects must include exceptional arts activities, involve collaboration, and provide access to Iowans (Eligible: local governments, schools, individual artists, and non-profits)May 15
Iowa Cultural Capacity Building ProgramCultural Capacity Building Grants provide support over a two-year period to small nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing their cultural and managerial excellence and community service (Eligible: local governments, schools, individual artists, and non-profits).May 15
Iowa Thriving CommunitiesProgram that awards a community bonus points for housing projects that apply for Iowa Workforce Housing Tax Credits in the 2025 Program Year.May 15
Iowa Workforce Housing Tax Incentive ProgramProvides tax credits/incentives from the State of Iowa for housing projects of all kinds.  Up to 20% of eligible project costs can be rebated in the form of a tax incentive (Eligible: local governments and private or nonprofit developers and landowners)June 10
IDNR Land and Water Conservation FundFunds recreation and conservation development programs, such as trails, water access facilities, playgrounds, pools and aquatic facilities, and other projects that get people out in nature.  Funding this year is for projects to be built or renovated in 2024 (Eligible; Local governments and conservation boards).June 15
IEDA Enhance Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) GrantFunds for capital projects, such as trails, libraries, community centers, pavilions, entertainment venues, museums, recreational facilities, and more. (Eligible: local governments and certain nonprofits).July 15
IDOT RISE GrantRISE funds roadway improvements to facilitate economic development projects, such as expanding businesses, industrial/commerce parks, etc. (Eligible: local governments)September 1and February 1