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Grants to Iowa Municipalities to Cover Expenses Related to Inspecting and Improving Neglected Buildings

Derelict Building Grant Program


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Funding Source
Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/23/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Iowa municipalities to cover expenses related to renovating and improving neglected buildings. Funding is intended to support the deconstruction, renovation, and remediation of building hazards in order to remove the environmental and health concerns these buildings may pose.

What is the purpose of the program?

  • To assist small communities in improving the attractiveness and appearance of their jurisdictions by providing them financial assistance to address derelict buildings.
  • The program is funded by the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP). In accordance with the statutory requirement on how these funds are to be used, each project must have a landfill diversion component through the recycling and reuse of materials.

Why are derelict buildings a problem?

  • Impairs development.
  • Blight on community.
  • Harbor for vectors.
  • Fire hazard.
  • Attracts illegal dumping.
  • Threat to public safety (falling debris, unstable interior, etc.).
  • Threats to public health and the environment (asbestos, lead-based paint, hazardous materials, etc.).

What types of assistance are available?

  • Certified asbestos inspection: Certified asbestos inspectors will investigate derelict structures to determine the presence, prevalence and condition of asbestos.
  • ACM removal: Certified asbestos removal contractors will properly remove, manage and dispose of ACM.
  • Hazardous materials removal: Certified hazardous materials contractors will identify and remove hazardous materials for proper management and disposal.
  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessment: Review of known environmental records and land use information about the site and vicinity.
  • Phase II Environmental Site Assessment: Actual soil, groundwater, and structural materials’ sampling to confirm or deny if contamination is present.
  • DNR will maintain a list of qualified contractors who can perform the tasks outlined above.
  • Building Renovation: Using waste minimization, reuse and recycling practices, including the use of salvaged or recycled content material, during the renovation process.
  • Deconstruction: Dismantling of structures with the purpose of maximizing recycling and reuse of materials to minimize landfill disposal.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants: any municipal government with a population of less than 5,000.
• Project Eligibility: any commercial or public building that has been unoccupied for 6 months or more that a local government has ownership of or intent to own. Projects may ask for funding to cover asbestos containing materials (ACM) for inspections of buildings not owned by the city at the time of application submittal.
• If a building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or maintains a State of Iowa Historical listing it is not eligible for this program.
• An applicant may partner with a local non-profit organization on a project.

Financial assistance shall not be provided or used for costs including, but not limited to, the following:
• Taxes
• Overhead expenses
• Indirect expenses
• Legal costs
• Contingency funds
• Proposal preparation
• Land acquisition
• Cost for which payment has or will be received under other financial assistance programs
• Costs incurred prior to an executed agreement
• Costs incurred after expiration of an executed agreement
• Costs not identified in the budget of an executed agreement or subsequent amended budget

Pre-Application Information
FY23 application deadline is Friday, February 23, 2024 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.

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Contact Information
Questions regarding the Derelict Building Program in general or questions related to the preparation and delivery of proposals should be addressed to:

Reid Bermel
Department of Natural Resources
502 E 9th St
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034
Phone: 515-217-7230

Seven (7) signed hardcopy proposals including color photos and other applicable attachments should be submitted to the attention of:
Reid Bermel
Department of Natural Resources
502 E 9th St
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034

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