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!


The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)annual grant program is making $1 billion available nationally for projects that protect people and infrastructure from natural hazards and the effects of climate change. The Flood Mitigation Assistance program is making $800 million available for projects that mitigate flood risks facing homes and communities across the nation. The funding for these two programs has been greatly increased thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

FEMA is also providing additional financial and technical support to help over burdened and underserved communities build resilience. This includes cost share adjustments and help with completing a Benefit-Cost Analysis for certain communities.

The agency is also expanding BRIC Direct Technical Assistance with a goal to add at least 80 more communities to the current 74 local jurisdictions nationwide.

Eligible applicants must apply for funding using FEMA Grants Outcomes, FEMA’s grants management system. Applications must be submitted in the portal no later than 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 29, 2024. FEMA will not consider applications after this deadline. The application deadlines are for applicants only. Local governments should consult with their state, tribal or territorial agency to confirm deadlines to submit sub-applications. Talk with Jeremy or Terry at SICOG to discuss your infrastructure project.

IDOT Working on NOFO for EV Charging Stations

The IDOT is about it issue a NOFO for EV charging stations along interstate highways. The NOFO describes eligible applicants, which are private and nonprofit organizations, utility providers, and local governments when partnering with other eligible entities.  It also outlines the technology to be constructed and locations.  Many of the priority locations for the EV stations are exits in our region.  The following exit numbers and counties are in our region. 

  • Zone 4 – I-35 exits 12, 18, and 22 in Decatur County

  • Zone 5 – I-35 exits 34 and 36 in Clarke County and exits 43, 47, 52, and 56 just outside of Madison in Warren County

  • Zone 10 – I-80 exits 75,76, 83, 86, 88 in Adair County

Each zone will hopefully have one interchange with one or more stations so that no station is more than 50 miles apart. Contact Jeremy or Jessica to discuss this funding.

Information & Draft NOFO

New Round of Destination Iowa Funding

Contact Jeremy or Terry at SICOG for assistance.  SICOG would like to submit a half dozen pre-applications in hopes that some would be invited promising projects.

Leon Awarded $8,000 to Encourage Healthy Eating and Active Living

Leon was selected as one of the 14 communities across Iowa to receive 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count funding through the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! is a nationally recognized, evidence-based framework to promote the daily recommendations of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity and 0 sugary drinks. The goal of 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! is to work with parents, teachers, childcare providers, health care providers, and business leaders to increase physical activity and healthy eating through policy and environmental change.

By working with communities to implement 5-2-1-0 strategies, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) aims to promote health equity, increasing opportunities for everyone to live the healthiest life possible by addressing social, economic and environmental barriers that impact health.

Past projects around Iowa include outdoor workout equipment installed at a local park in Sergeant Bluff, expanded recreation offerings (snowshoes, ice skates and skate trainers) for community members to rent in Spencer and an installation of ADA-compliant water stations around Ottumwa. The following grants were awarded to Iowa communities for 2024.

Funding for 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Is provided by the State of Iowa Health and Human Services Appropriations for Childhood Obesity Prevention.

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- October 3, 2023