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FUNDING
OPPORTUNITIES

ECICOG writes and manages a wide variety of federal, state and philanthropic grants. Are there funding opportunities waiting for you?

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Development

Rural Child Care Market Study

Due January 31

The Rural Child Care Market Study Grant program seeks to support the use of data and analysis by rural communities to determine the specific needs and solutions for child care in their area. Through greater understanding of a community’s geographic market, demographics, competition and other factors, the study seeks to provide the information needed to take proactive steps towards addressing child care challenges. Funding from the program will empower communities to assess their current child care market environment and develop strategies. For more information, visit the IEDA website.

 

Foundation for Parks and Recreation Mini Grants

Due January 31

The Iowa Foundation for Parks & Recreation Mini Grants provide funding for leisure facilities, activities, events, or programs to promote and improve leisure opportunities and amenities for citizens in small Iowa communities. An applicant must be a local, organized ongoing agency, group, organization, association or parks & recreation department within an Iowa community with a population of 10,000 or less. A match of a minimum of 50% of the requested grant amount is required. The match may be cash, donated items, or donated labor. An applicant may apply for up to $1,000. For more information, visit the Iowa Foundation for Parks and Recreation website.

Paint Iowa Beautiful

Due February 10

Through a partnership between the Keep Iowa Beautiful organization and Diamond Vogel Paint of Orange City, Iowa, groups can receive paint for community enhancement projects and parks. Thousands of gallons of paint have been donated to community groups through the Paint Iowa Beautiful program, which provides paint at no charge to a wide variety of public service projects throughout Iowa. For more information, visit the Keep Iowa Beautiful website or contact Jessica Johnson at jessica.johnson@ecicog.org.

Wellmark Healthy Food or Built Environment MATCH

Due February 17

Wellmark is making grants available for projects that increase access to healthy foods or to public facilities for physical activity in the built environment. Examples of healthy foods projects are aquaculture initiatives, community gardens and educational programs. Examples of built environment projects are pocket parks, playground structures and sport courts. These MATCH grant awards are up to a maximum request amount of $100,000 for projects that will be successfully completed by Dec. 31, 2024. The grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar with cash or in-kind contributions. For more examples of possible projects and full information on the grants, visit the Wellmark Foundation website.

Iowa Great Places Designation

Due February 17

The Iowa Great Places program seeks to recognize communities that take action to enhance their local places while staying true to the qualities that makes them unique. Designated communities have demonstrated a vision that values their cultural assets while challenging themselves to set realistic goals for advancing their quality of life. The program goals are to cultivate the unique and authentic qualities of Iowa neighborhoods, districts, communities and regions in order to make them great places to live and work. For more information, visit the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs website.

Derelict Building Program

Due February  24

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources makes the Derelict Building Program available to Iowa towns of 5,000 or fewer residents to address neglected commercial or public structures that have been vacant for at least 6 months. This program is for applicants who are seeking funding assistance with conducting asbestos inspections, asbestos abatement, structural engineering analysis, phase I and phase II site assessments, building deconstruction, and building renovation expenses. For more information, contact Alicia Presto at alicia.presto@ecicog.org.

USDA Rural Business Development Grant

Due February 28

The USDA Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) is a competitive grant designed to support technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas. To qualify, businesses must have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues. Potential applicants may be rural public entities including, but not limited to, communities, state agencies, nonprofits, institutions of higher education, federally recognized tribes, and rural cooperatives. For more information, visit the USDA website.

Rural BOOST Pilot Program

Due March 1

The Rural Building Ownership & Organization by Strengthening Teams (BOOST) program aims to provide teams of experts to assist passionate community and business leaders in developing intentional plans for next step growth. This pilot program is designed for rural communities, nonprofits, or employers to receive personalized technical assistance for identifying and implementing actions to achieve greater success. The Rural BOOST is designed to assist businesses or communities which have plateaued or hit an unexpected challenge to gain momentum for new growth. For more information, visit the IEDA website or contact Jessica Johnson at jessica.johnson@ecicog.org.

AARP Community Challenge

Due March 25

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund "quick-action" projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Many of last year’s winning projects support revitalizing communities adversely impacted by the pandemic and include a focus on diversity, inclusion and disparities. Other project focuses include creating vibrant public places, improving the built and social environment of a community, delivering a range of transportation and mobility options, and increasing civic engagement. Visit the AARP website for updates and to see projects funded last year.

T-Mobile Hometown Grants

Due March 31

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. For more information, visit the T-Mobile website.

IEDA Sports Tourism Grant

Due 90 days before tourism event

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 that occur in Iowa. 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. For more information, visit the IEDA website.

Housing

Rural Housing Assessment

Due January 31

The Rural Housing Assessment Grant program provides funding to rural Iowa communities for conducting housing assessment activities with publicly available data and implementing changes through development codes, local ordinances and housing incentives. In partnership with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach’s Rural Housing Readiness Assessment workshops, program funding will empower communities to assess the current development environment and enact changes resulting in the creation of policies and procedures attractive to potential developers. For more information, visit the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) website or contact Housing Director Tracey Achenbach at 

tracey.achenbach@ecicog.org.

Environment

Recycling Education and Outreach

Due February 15

The Recycling Education and Outreach Grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are for governments and other organizations to fund projects to improve consumer education and outreach on waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and composting. The program provides practical tools needed to reduce waste generation, decrease contamination in the recycling stream, and equitably increase recycling rates. Individual awards will range from $250,000 to $2,000,000. To learn more about this grant program, visit the EPA website or contact Alicia Presto at alicia.presto@ecicog.org.

EPA Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling

Due February 15

The Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling program provides grants to implement the National Recycling Strategy to improve post-consumer materials management and infrastructure, support improvements to local post-consumer materials management and recycling programs, and assist local waste management authorities in making improvements to local waste management systems. 

 

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, provides $275 million for Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling grants to support Building a Better America. The minimum award is $500,000, and the maximum is $4 million. For more information, visit the EPA website or contact Alicia Presto at alicia.presto@ecicog.org.

Land and Water Conservation Fund

Due March 15

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program provides match funds of 50% for outdoor recreation area development and acquisition. Popular projects in recent years have included skate parks, playgrounds, new and renovated swimming pools, sport complexes, campgrounds, and multipurpose trails. Iowa's cities and counties are eligible to participate. Visit the Iowa DNR website for more information. Contact Environmental Services Director Jennifer Fencl at jennifer.fencl@ecicog.org for additional assistance.

Planning Further Ahead?

IEDA CDBG Water & Sewer Fund

Due April 1

Iowa Cultural & Entertainment District Designation

Due May 1

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