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


Hazard Mitigation

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Due December 23

As part of the presidential disaster declaration from December 2021’s severe storms, the State of Iowa will receive FEMA disaster funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The State is accepting Notices of Interest (NOIs) for projects that will reduce or eliminate losses from future natural disasters. These include but are not limited to property acquisition/elevation, electric utility hardening, detention basins, warning sirens, wastewater lift stations, backup generators, tornado safe rooms, and small flood barriers. Projects must be included in a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan. Full grant applications are due by December 23, 2022. Contact Alicia Presto at for information about the NOI process.



Water/Sewer and Community Facilities CDBG

Due January 1

This Iowa Department of Economic Development program supports water and wastewater system improvements or building or improving community facilities. The maximum award is $500,000. Contact Jennifer Fencl at Deadlines are quarterly, but applications are accepted at any time.


Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP)

Due January 2

The Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) works to reduce the amount of solid waste generated and landfilled in Iowa. Financial assistance is available for a variety of projects, including source reduction, recycling and education. Funds can be used for such items as equipment for waste reduction or recycling, educational materials or workshops, recycled content products, and more. Any unit of local government, public or private group, or individual is eligible to apply. Visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website or contact ECICOG Planner/IWE Resource Specialist Area 4 Alicia Presto for more information


Strengthening Communities Grant

Due November 21

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs provides Strengthening Communities Grants to support nonprofit organizations committed to improving their communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The grants are intended to help pay for costs associated with the renovation and maintenance of infrastructure at facilities in cities with a population of less than 28,000. The November 21 application deadline is for the funding period of January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2025. For more information, visit the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs website or contact Jessica Johnson at

T-Mobile Hometown Grants

Quarterly, due December 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.

Walmart Local Community Grants

Due December 31

Walmart local community grants are awarded through an open application process and provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations in the U.S. Grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000. Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate or chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding. For more information, visit the Walmart website.


Community Attraction and Tourism

Due January 15

Enhance Iowa provides Community Attraction and Tourism funds to assist communities in the development and creation of multiple-purpose attractions or tourism facilities. CAT projects may include but are not limited to the following: museums, theme parks, cultural and recreational centers, recreational trails, heritage attractions, sports arenas, and other attractions. At least 65% of the project cost must be raised before applying. For more information, visit the Iowa Economic Development website or contact Jessica Johnson at

Community Catalyst Building Remediation

Pre-application due January 27

The Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program assists communities with the redevelopment or rehabilitation of buildings to stimulate economic growth or reinvestment in the community. Cities can apply for the rehabilitation of one commercial building or two adjacent buildings with same owner. Visit the IEDA website or contact Community Development Specialist Jessica Johnson at

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

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