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
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 June 30
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 June 30
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 June 30
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 June 30
Iowa Community Cultural GrantSmall grants to support Iowa communities in efforts to promote Iowa’s culture, ethnic, and historical heritages through festivals, performing arts, and cultural tourism programs. (Eligible: Nonprofits and local governments)July 1
USDA Community Facilities Technical
Assistance and Training Grant (TAT)
This grant provides funds for communities looking to apply for a community facilitates grant/loan for a major project.  The technical assistance and/or training will assist communities and nonprofit corporations to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area. Once those needs have been identified, the Grantee can assist in identifying public and private resources to finance those identified community facility needs. (Eligible: local governments, nonprofits).July 3 (online)
July 8 (paper)
USDA Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)Grants are to entities that provide technical assistance and other services to communities.  The program is designed to assist qualified organizations to carry out financial and technical assistance programs to improve housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. The
RCDI program requires the intermediary (Grantee) to provide a program of financial and technical assistance to recipients. The recipients will, in turn, provide programs to their communities (beneficiaries). (Eligible: local governments, private and non-profit organizations, and other intermediary organizations).
July 10
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
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our TownGrant program to support creative placemaking projects that involve arts of various types in public spaces and in the public realm (Eligible: local governments, certain nonprofits).August 1
Iowa DNR Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP)Funding (often with no match required) for Cities and County Conservation Boards to make recreational improvements.  Funds are for acquisition of land, development, or combination of these.  Grants fund various recreational projects, focused mostly on those that enhance and protect outdoor spaces and grant access to those spaces. (Eligible: local governments).August 15
DOT Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI)Funding for vehicle charging infrastructure.  CFI Program investments will make modern and sustainable infrastructure accessible to all drivers of electric, hydrogen, propane, and natural gas vehicles. This program provides two categories of grants: (1) Community Charging and Alternative Fueling Grants (Community Program); and (2) Charging and Alternative Fuel Corridor Grants (Corridor Program). (Eligible: local governments, certain property owners)August 28
USDOT Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) ProgramSS4A funds help communities in the development of road safety action plans and improve unsafe roadway corridors by implementing effective interventions. Additionally, these funds can be utilized to test out safety features such as separated bicycle lanes or curb extensions at intersections. Grants include planning and implementation grants. (Eligible: local governments)Planning: Aug. 29
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
Choose Iowa GrantsFunding for value-added agriculture and daily innovation and to provide improvements to the local food supply chain (Eligible: individuals, businesses, non-profits, and local governments)December 2024