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!

Iowa Home Repair Pilot Program Application Now Open New Program Page Link

Iowa Home Repair Pilot Program Partners:
IFA is pleased to inform you that the application portal for the Iowa Home Repair Pilot Program (HRPP) is 
now accepting applications. The application portal will remain open for applications through Jan. 31, 2024 at 4:30 p.m., subject to available funding.
You are encouraged to notify households in your area that need critical home repair assistance, including homeowners on your current program waiting lists, and encourage them to apply. Please remember that eligible households must have experienced a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Main Street Iowa Community Workshops

The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Iowa program will host application workshops in 2024 for communities interested in applying for Main Street Iowa program designation.

The workshops (virtual) will provide an overview of the Main Street Approach™ and Main Street Iowa program, summary of expectations and benefits, the application, competitive designation process and strategies to complete the application.

Communities interested in applying are required to pre-register five to ten community representatives for one of the virtual workshops scheduled from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (12 p.m. – 1 p.m. lunch break) on Wednesday, January 31 or Monday, February 5. Only communities meeting the attendance requirement will be provided access to the 2024 Main Street Iowa application.

Each person from your community interested in attending this workshop needs to complete the registration form. It is not required that all representatives registering from the same community register for the same workshop date. However, we recommend that local community leaders watch/participate in the workshop together in a single room. Upon successful registration, each individual will receive a calendar invite that includes a link to join the meeting on the date selected.

To register for one of the virtual workshops, click on the date below that best works for you locally.

Iowa Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) just opened a new funding program to assist those interested in implementing community-driven strategies to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions through innovative energy efficiency measures or renewable energy deployment. The Iowa Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program is a competitive grant program to fund eligible local energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The first round of applications will be accepted until the deadline of March 18, 2024. A webinar will be held on January 17, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. to provide an overview of the program and application. There are two funding pools.

Eligible applicants to the Community Fund include city and county governments. Eligible projects include:

  • Building energy assessments or audits.  

  • Building energy efficiency retrofits.

  • Upgrading wastewater or water supply facilities for energy efficiency.

  • Replacing traffic signals or streetlight lamps with high-efficiency bulbs to improve energy efficiency.

Eligible applicants to the Innovation Fund include local governments, nonprofits and for-profit entities. Eligible projects include:

  • Demonstrating innovative renewable energy project deployment.

  • Demonstrating innovative energy efficiency retrofit measures.

The Iowa EECBG Policies & Procedures Handbook provides details on program requirements, eligibility, application process, evaluation criteria and reporting requirements. Find more information or register for the webinar at  

Please contact Jeff Geerts, program manager, with any questions at or 515.348.6211 or contact Jeremy or Terry at your SICOG office.

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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- December 5, 2023