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


August 2022

National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town
Due August 4
Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, we support projects that integrate arts, culture and design activities with efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical or social outcomes. For more information, visit the NEA website.

Traffic Safety Improvement Program (TSIP)
August 15
The TISP’s intent is to distribute funds for roadway safety improvements, traffic control devices, research, studies, or public information initiatives. Cities and counties can submit applications for up to $500,000 per project.


Learn more on the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT)’s website. Contact Transportation Director Mary Rump at with questions.

REAP - City Parks and Open Spaces
August 15
This program's intent is to protect open spaces, in turn enhancing Iowa residents' quality of life, supporting economic development efforts, and taking precautions to care for the environment. REAP City Parks and Open Spaces funds are typically used for parkeland expansion and multi-purpose recreation developments. Because these grants do not require a local match, the program is competitive. Visit the Iowa DNR website or contact Environmental Services Director Jen Fencl at to learn more.

Theisen's More for You Community Grants
Due August 31
The Theisen’s More For You grant program is intended to serve directly the basic needs of families and children. Programs that assist basic health needs, children’s needs, educational programming, food security or youth services will be prioritized. To date, Theisen’s has awarded over $3 million to their communities. Any community within 60 miles of a Theisen’s store is eligible to apply. Click here to find applications and more details about the program.

September 2022:
Empower Rural Iowa Grants

Due September 1
The Iowa Economic Development Authority announced this month the opening of six competitive grants available for rural communities with a population under 20,000 for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) through FY24:

  • Rural Innovation Grant Program – Provides up to $50,000 per grant for supporting creative, non-traditional ideas that focus on current issues and challenges faced by rural communities associated with community investment, growth and connection.


  • Rural Scale-Up Grant Program – Provides up to $20,000 per grant to support the replication and spread of creative solutions that are addressing current issues and challenges faced by rural communities.


  • Rural Enrichment Program – Provides up to $20,000 per grant to support small quality-of-life projects that will create meaningful results in rural communities. Developing quality spaces for people to want to live, work, play and engage will support the vibrancy of Iowa’s rural places. Eligible projects must be open to the public and contribute to the vitality and engagement of the community.


  • Rural Housing Assessment Grant Program – Provides $10,000 per grant to support the use of publicly available online information through the “Profile of Iowa” tool and rural community efforts to interpret this hard data with supplemental information. The grants are also intended to implement changes to development codes, local ordinances and housing incentives specific to their community needs, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


  • Rural Child Care Market Study Grant Program – Provides $10,000 to support the use of data and analysis by rural communities to determine the specific needs and solutions for their area. Funding from the program will empower communities to assess their current child care market environment and to develop strategies.​

September 2022

Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning
Due September 15
The Community Visioning Program assists Iowa communities of 10,000 or fewer with surface transportation improvements, such as providing pedestrian or bicycle facilities, beautifying routes, preserving historic sites or converting unused rail corridors to trails. The program takes communities from identifying their surface transportation needs and developing a community vision to initiating project development. Communities that lack planning resources within the city government are prioritized. Learn more at the Community Visioning website.

Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program
Due September 15
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program with $5 billion in appropriated funds over the next five years. In fiscal year 2022 (FY22), up to $1 billion is available. The SS4A program funds regional, local and tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries.

The SS4A program supports the DOT's National Roadway Safety Strategy and the department’s goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on our nation’s roadways. For more information, visit the DOT website.

Wellmark Access to Healthy Foods Match Grant
Due September 21
The Wellmark Foundation is currently accepting Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) Grant Applications for projects that make it easy to eat healthy and engage in everyday physical activity. Grants are up to $50,000 and require a 50% match. To learn more, please visit the Wellmark Foundation website.​

Destination Iowa 
Applications accepted until funds expended
Iowa saw record use of outdoor amenities such as state and county parks over the last two years but also experienced a decrease in visitor spending and hospitality employment. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)’s program Destination Iowa is a $100 million investment in attracting visitors and new residents to the state. Intended to bolster quality of life in Iowa’s communities, the new effort will provide grants for shovel-ready attraction projects. Cities, counties, nonprofits and other organizations can apply, and applications will be accepted through the calendar year or until the funds are expended. Learn more at the IEDA website.

  • Rural Leadership Bootcamp Grant – Provides training, mentorship and $1,000 in funding to rural communities and regions initiating leadership programs. This program targets rural communities who want to start a local leadership program and work to engage participants in community leadership roles. Grantees are required to participate in a two-day bootcamp, resulting in a work plan and a one-year mentorship.

Guidelines, scoring rubrics and informational webinars for all programs are available on the Empower Rural Iowa website. Applications are accepted via and are due by September 1, 2022. Successful applicants will be informed in early October.