Iowa Town Hall Meetings on Digital Services

The Department of Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer is excited to announce more than 50 public town hall style meetings to get feedback from everyday Iowans on digital services. If you ever felt like the digital world is passing you by, this is your chance to speak up and help Iowa identify ways to help you and your community.

Attendees will hear a short persentation on digital services followed by a discussion with the audience on the barriers and potential solutions for full participation in the digital aspects of society. All meetings will start at 6pm at the designated locations and are anticipated to last about 90 minutes.

For more information, please contact

If you need to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Maria Guevara at by no later than at least 7 days prior to the event you plan on attending.

Go to to see a full list of all the meetings!

SICOG Region Meetings:

  • 03/28/2023 — Lamoni, IA - Lamoni City Hall, Community Room, 190 S Chestnut St

  • 03/29/2023 — Winterset, IA - Winterset Public Library, 123 N 2nd St

  • 04/12/2023 — Creston, IA - Creston Public Library, 200 W Howard St

  • 04/18/2023 — Osceola, IA - Southwestern Community College, 2520 College Dr.

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 Grant Opportunities Here!

Planner’s Desk – Setting Goals in A Political Climate

Governor Reynolds, IEDA Announce $2 Million in Manufacturing 4.0 Funding

Traffic Enforcement Funding

For federal fiscal year 2024 (October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024), the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau has reserved up to five million dollars to target traffic safety activities available solely to law enforcement agencies statewide.

If you have an identifiable traffic safety problem in your community, please submit your application. Contracts will be awarded based on a variety of decision points that encompass the level of traffic safety problems in a jurisdiction and the ability for the agency to address them.

Deadline for applications is March 22, 2023. The following link is to the application form:

If you need additional assistance, please contact the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau at 515-725-6126 or contact your SICOG office.

Iowa HOME Program 2023

One-hour workshops are set for March 15 for the 2023 HOME Program. This is a flexible grant program for local governments, developers, and non-profit housing entities to invest in a variety of housing programs impacting single-family and multi-family housing. This program provides grants for new construction and rehab for both owner and renter-occupied units, homebuyer assistance, and tenant-based rental assistance. Grants can be considerable in size. However, there are income restrictions targeted to the lower half of the regional population. This grant can make a difference in any SICOG community and may help a project move from infeasible to feasible.

This year’s funding round opens March 17 with projected due date of early May. More info can be found at

Contact SICOG for assistance or more information.

IEDA Sports Tourism Grant

The Sports Tourism Grant from the IEDA’s Enhance Iowa program will provide financial assistance for projects that market or promote sporting events in Iowa. Eligible sporting events include professional, collegiate, and amateur level sporting events. Promotion/marketing activity can occur for up to two years. Cities, counties, Iowa not-for-profit economic development organizations or other Iowa not-for-profit organizations, including those that sponsor or support sporting events, are eligible to apply for assistance of up to 50% of the eligible cost to actively promote or market an eligible sporting event. Eligible applicants can apply jointly. Applications are due 90 days before tourism event.

Contact SICOG for assistance.

IEDA Announces Special Round of Upper Story Housing Grant

IEDA announced today that they will be hosting a special round of CDBG applications for Upper Story Rehabilitation and Downtown Revitalization projects. The application forms must be completed by April 30th, which is an EXTREMELY tight timeframe. The regular round will likely take place toward the end of 2023. This program works best with development of two to four apartments in one building, but it can be separate buildings owned by the same person. The space must have been vacant for at least 5 years. Rent amount and tenant incomes are capped for 5 years after lease-up. Contact SICOG today if you or a developer/owner in your town has a possible project.

T-Mobile Offers Hometown Grants for Community Projects

T-Mobile is committing up to $25 million over the next 5 years to support small towns across America by funding community projects. The T-Mobile Hometown Grants program will help fund projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections such as a town-square pavilion, a historic building, an outdoor park, a ball field or a library. About 25 grants are awarded nationally each year for all kinds of community projects, such as pocket parks and open spaces. Info and examples of funded projects are found at

Contact SICOG for assistance.

SICOG Partnerships 2023