Grant Opportunities

Some grants are commonly sought by SICOG members and other community development organizations in the region. This page provides a brief summary of some of the reoccurring grants. Please contact SICOG staff to determine the current status of all grants and to learn if the project being proposed will fit grant eligibility and priorities.



Source/Program Funding Uses Eligible Applicants Due Date
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program ($1,400,000 Iowa allocation) Hazard mitigation plans and projects, including tornado safe rooms, building and utility retrofits, minor flood control projects, elevations and relocations of buildings in flood hazard areas and storm water management projects. Local governments, certain non-profit organizations As long as funds remain
FEMA SAFER Grant Funding for fire departments to hire firefighters and support volunteers and to implement retention and recruitment programs. Fire departments April 27
USDA Rural Energy for America Program Grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects impacting private enterprises Businesses, cooperatives, farmers, and similar entities April 30
USDA Rural Business Development Grant Targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses Local governments, non-profits, higher education, rural cooperatives, related organizations April 30
Ringgold County SCICF grants Projects with permanent impact on Ringgold County residents, including community betterment, arts, beautification, and human needs projects Local governments, non-profits in Ringgold County and/or serving Ringgold County May 1
Iowa Cultural Heritage Project Grant Grants up to $10,000 to support a community project that creates jobs for Iowans and provides access to a cultural heritage experience Local governments and non-profits May 1
Iowa Cultural Affairs Capacity Building Grant Up to $2,500 to build organizational capacity of cultural organizations to operate and provide programs for the community Nonprofit arts and culture organizations with budgets under $150,000 May 1
Iowa Great Places New Designations Applications for new designations and for projects in those newly designated communities. These grants can be substantial. Local governments and non-profits May 1
Iowa Arts Project Grant Grants up to $10,000 to support the creation and presentation of new artwork, development of an arts experience or formation of an arts education program. Local governments and non-profits May 1
CDBG Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program (see article) Owner-Occupied rehabilitation for single-family homes being used as the principal residence. Cities and counties May 4
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Affordable Housing Program Housing grants for homeownership, down payment assistance, rental housing, development projects, and rehabilitation/renovation Local governments, non-profits, private housing developers May 31
Wellmark Foundation MATCH Program Promising projects that help individuals, families and communities achieve better health by creating safe and healthy environments that encourage physical activity and access to and consumption of nutritious foods. Local governments, non-profits June 8
Solid Waste Alternatives Program Programs to encourage landfill alternatives – recycling, diversion, new technologies, new manufacturing processes, etc. Local governments, non-profits, for-profits June 30
CDBG Water and Sewer Program Water and wastewater capital improvements: plants, mains, lagoons, pumps, towers, etc. Local governments (governments can apply on behalf of sub-recipients, such as rural water associations and utility districts June 30
Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) Tourism, recreation, and entertainment capital projects Local governments, non-profits and some for profits July 15
REAP Open Spaces Program State funding for recreation, conservation, and outdoor resources projects Cities and county conservation boards August 15
Alliant Energy Foundation Small typically non-capital projects, such as signage, exhibits, landscaping, computers, program support; focus areas are helping families, education, and environment. Local governments, civic organizations, and nonprofits in Alliant’s service area September 1