The Southern Iowa Council of Governments' Annual Meeting will be held March 28, 2023, at SICOG, located at 101 E. Montgomery St, Creston, IA 50801, at 1pm.

As always, SICOG provides an un-exhaustive list of grants to generate ideas about possible projects and provide funding guidance. Grant funding sources are increasingly interested in creative solutions to problems and many are willing to support not just construction but also operations. If your community has a problem that outside funding might address, then please contact your SICOG office. We would be glad to help and can attend a local meeting at no cost to discuss the project or idea. There are many other sources, so if you have project, please contact us.

View a List of Our Grant Opportunities Here!

USDOT Transportation Grants - Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program with $5 billion in appropriated funds over the next 5 years. The SS4A program funds regional, local, and tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. Last year was the first year of this program, in which $1 billion was awarded for 473 action plan and 37 implementation grants. This year a similar award is anticipated.

The fiscal year 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity is expected to open in April for the second round of SS4A grants. The following are eligible for funding:

· Metropolitan planning organizations and RPAs

· Counties, cities, towns, and transit agencies or other special districts that are subdivisions of a State;

· Multijurisdictional groups comprised of the above entities.

The following activities are eligible for the SS4A program:

· Develop or update a comprehensive safety action plan (Action Plan).

· Conduct planning, design, and development activities in support of an Action Plan.

· Carry out projects and strategies identified in an Action Plan.

There are two types of SS4A grants: Action Plan Grants and Implementation Grants.

USDA New Program - Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grants

The Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grant Program offers grant assistance to create and augment high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, support industry clusters and maximize the use of local productive assets in eligible low-income rural areas. RISE funds can be used to:

· Build or support a business incubator facility

· Provide worker training to assist in the creation of new jobs

· Train the existing workforce with skills for higher-paying jobs

· Develop a base of skilled workers and improve their opportunities to obtain high-wage jobs in new or existing local industries

The RISE project must serve a rural region small enough to allow close collaboration among partners. It also must include important elements of the region’s prioritized industry cluster (concentrations of related industries).

Grant amounts are awarded competitively with a minimum of $500,000 and a maximum grant amount of $2,000,000. The grant period is four years.

Contact Jeremy or Terry for assistance.

AARP Community Challenge

This grant is for small to medium sized project that make communities more livable for people of all ages with tangible improvements that jump-start long-term change.

Basics of the popular Flagship Program:

· Grants up to $50,000 but averaging around $10,000 for projects that enhance quality of life for seniors, such as public space enhancements, transportation enhancements, housing, diversity and equity efforts, digital connections, community resilience projects, civic engagement efforts, community health and economic empowerment efforts, public art, and other projects

· Local governments and nonprofits can apply

· Small match required and identified, but does not need to be secured

· Due March 15

· Does not require formal council/board action to apply

This year there are two new grant categories. One is capacity-building microgrants. This funds $2,500 in the areas of walkability and community gardens. This grant also involves a team of AARP-sponsored technical assistance providers who will visit the community to help carry out the project. The other is a demonstration grant, which is designed to encourage replication of promising local efforts drawn from the flagship grants in the areas of transportation and housing. These can be larger grants for the design of Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) projects and for transportation demonstration grants.

More can be learned at

AARP loves creativity and addressing these kinds of issues. Contact Jeremy or Terry for assistance.