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/Program Funding Uses SICOG Due Date
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Hazard mitigation plans and projects, including tornado safe rooms, building and utility retrofits, minor flood control projects, elevations and relocations of buildings in flood hazard areas and storm water management projects (Eligible: local governments and some nonprofits) Floating (NOIs as soon as possible)
CDBG COVID funds $21 million available for various CDBG fundable projects, such as water and sewer mains, downtown housing, façade improvements, childcare assistance, and more (see article) (Eligible: local governments) Open window until funds are expended
Assistance to Firefighters SAFER grant Provides funds to hire firefighters and to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters.  (Eligible: fire departments) January 20
IDNR Derelict Building Program Funding is available for certified asbestos inspections, removal and disposal of asbestos, structural engineering analysis, Phase I and II environmental assessments, building deconstruction, and building renovation. (Eligible: Cities population 5,000 or less) January 20
Wellmark Foundation MATCH Grants Up to $100,000 Safe and healthy environments for people to be active (trails, parks, playgrounds, other recreational projects) and up to $50,000 for access to healthy foods (food programs, community gardens, etc.) (Eligible: local governments and certain nonprofits) January 20 for healthy environments; August 1 for access to food (see article)
KIB’s Paint Iowa Beautiful Program that provides donated paint for community beautification projects (Eligible: Local governments, non-profits, and civic groups) February 1
IDNR Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor recreational facilities, campgrounds, playgrounds, open spaces, and wildlife areas (Eligible: local governments) February 1
IFA Water Infrastructure Grant investments to support innovative projects across the state with the goal of protecting, preserving and restoring Iowa’s water resources. Eligible projects will be primarily water quality improvement, but may provide a number of other benefits such as reduce excess nutrients and increase drought resiliency (Eligible: local governments, related partners depending on project type) February 15 (see article)
ATURA Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Bicycle and pedestrian projects such as trails and streetscaping. (Eligible: contact SICOG – project must be in Adams, Adair, Union, Taylor, or Ringgold Counties) February 15
ATURA Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Road and bridge infrastructure. (Eligible: contact SICOG – project must be in Adams, Adair, Union, Taylor) February 15
NEA Grants for Arts Projects Grants are $10,000 for small projects and/or organizations that extend the reach of arts of underserved populations, including projects in public places (Eligible: arts organizations, local governments) March 15
Alliant Energy Foundation Community Grants Program Grants for playgrounds, health and wellness projects, public safety, education, culture and arts, and other local needs (Eligible: local governments and non-profits in communities served by Alliant Energy) March 15
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, until funds run out
Iowa Historic Preservation Tax Credits – small projects Up 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 Program Grants 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 Improvement Provides grants for low-cost, systematic safety improvements in the $10,000/mile range, focusing on lane departure crashes. (Eligible: local governments) Ongoing
Small Town Sign Replacement


The program will provide up to $5,000 for signs and signposts per applying community on a first-come, first-served basis. (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