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Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Applications Available soon!

Iowa DOT Adopt a Highway

Are you interested in a group service project? Iowa DOT has several roadways available to adopt in the SICOG region. The Adopt a Highway (AAH) program helps to increase public awareness of environmental needs along Iowa highways by making sections of roadsides available for adoption. This partnership helps to maintain the appearance of our roadsides throughout the state.

Adopt-A-Highway Information

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!

Join the Homes for Iowa crew and staff on September 14, 2023, from 10AM - 2:30PM at the Homes for Iowa Build Site for Tour Day!

Upcoming Community Catalyst

Application Workshops

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) provides grants through the Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program to communities for the redevelopment, rehabilitation of vacant or underutilized buildings to stimulate economic growth or reinvestment in the community.


Strong applications will:

  • Show the potential of catalytic economic growth in the community

  • Improve appearances and safety; make use of underutilized property

  • Exhibit appropriate design standards

  • Be well-funded

Economic growth may include the creation of additional jobs, growth of new or existing businesses, development of new housing units, increase property values or potential population growth.


A mandatory pre-application process will precede the official grant application. A city, the eligible applicant, must apply and provide financial and/or in-kind resources. A portion of funds will be awarded to cities with populations under 1,500. Funds will be available for the rehabilitation of one commercial building per community or two adjacent buildings with the same ownership.


IEDA is offering four regional application workshops across the state. Workshops will include program details, deadlines for pre-applications and the actual formal application process. Pre-registration is encouraged.


September 20 

Perry - 1:00-3:00 p.m. / Hotel Pattee – 1112 Willis Avenue


September 21

Fairfield - 10:00-Noon / Fairfield Public Library – 104 W. Adams Avenue


September 22

Independence - 10:00-Noon / Allerton Brewing Company – 110 1st Street E.


September 26 

Hull - 1:00-3:00 p.m. / Farmers Mutual – 1010 Main Street

The Southern Iowa Council of Governments will be closed on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, for our 21st Annual Golf Invitational.

Up Coming Conferences and Summits

  1. Des Moines Cybersecurity Conference, September 21, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa. Discover cutting edge security approaches, and how to manage risk in the workforce. Click here to register!

  2. Iowa Ideas 2023, October 12-13, and is a Virtual Conference. Iowa Ideas is an annual virtual conference designed to gather Iowans from all perspectives to explore, discuss and offer solutions on issues impacting the state. Click here to register!

CDBG Programs Open for Program Year 2023

SICOG Partnerships 2023

Interested in becoming a partner?! Call us today at (641) 782-8491 or go to the Partnership page on the SICOG website and fill out the form at the bottom of the page!

Partnership Page

SICOG Executive Board Minutes- August 1, 2023