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to Address Community Housing and Development Needs

Empower Rural Iowa (ERI) - Rural Housing Assessment Grant Program

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Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) - Center for Rural Revitalization

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12/01/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Iowa municipalities and tribal governments to address the community housing and development needs of eligible communities. Funding is intended to train local government officials to use publicly available data to benefit their communities. Local officials will use the training to implement changes through development codes, local ordinances and housing incentives specific to individual community needs. Cities must have a population of 20,000 or fewer and should not be contiguous to a city with a population of 40,000 or greater.

In partnership with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach’s Rural Housing Readiness Assessment workshops, funding from the program will empower communities to assess their current development environment and enact changes resulting in the creation of policies and procedures attractive to potential developers.

Eligible Project Requirements:

Requirements for Rural Housing Assessment Interpretation and Implementation grant awards include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Applicants must demonstrate the capacity for grants administration.
  • Applications must demonstrate the feasibility of completing the proposed activities with the funds requested and contract period.
  • Applications must identify and describe any other sources of funding for the proposed activities.
  • Applications must provide $5,000 cash match for each city or county partnering on the application.
  • Applications must agree to utilize information available on the Iowa Profile tool.
  • Applications must agree to contract with ISU Extension and Outreach for the facilitated Rural Housing Assessment Readiness Workshop.
  • Applications must identify any additional partner organizations that will be utilized in additional data collection or implementation processes.

Eligible Use of Funding: 

The Rural Housing Assessment Grant Program provides funding for housing assessment data collection and the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Rural Housing Assessment Readiness Workshop. Funds may be used to fulfill that process at the discretion of the grant recipient but must contribute to the completion of the housing assessment report, workshop or implementation of the workshop outcomes within the contract period.

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GrantWatch ID#: 188482

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Recipients will be awarded up to $10,000 per city or county that is partnering on the application to support expenses incurred within the eligible funding period. For example, if the application includes three cities, the grant award will be up to $30,000. If the application includes one county and two cities, the award would also be up to $30,000. A portion of the total project cost must be used to contract with ISU Office of Extension and Outreach for the Rural Housing Assessment Readiness Workshop. The workshop price is dependent upon the number of communities involved.

Term of Contract:

All project activities and incurred expenses must occur within the eligible contracted funding period of January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local city governments or federally recognized tribal governments physically located in Iowa are eligible. The government must exist in and benefit a community in Iowa with a population of 20,000 or fewer and not contiguous to a city with a population of 40,000 or greater. County-wide projects must be one of the 88 least-populous counties in Iowa.

Extra consideration is provided to applications with projects supporting housing initiatives endorsed by the Iowa Great Places Citizen’s Advisory Board, as well as those located in a community of 10,000 or fewer.

Pre-Application Information:

- October 1: Application Window Opens
- December 1, 11:59 p.m.: Application Deadline
- December 22: Funding Decision Notification

Applicants must submit applications via, an online application portal. Applications will not be accepted in any other format. Late, incomplete or ineligible applications will not be accepted.

Funding is awarded on a reimbursement basis after expenses have been incurred for approved project activities.

Applicants are required to demonstrate investment in the project process by providing a minimum of $5,000 per city or county cash match. The cash match must be secured, dedicated to eligible expenses, a legitimate part of the project and must be expended within the eligible funding period. The $5,000 match requirement may be raised through a combination of public and private sources but may not include in-kind donations of goods or services, unsecured funding or loans.
- Cash match constitutes actual cash contributed to direct project expenses by the applicant or other funding sources.
- Funding from state government already being used as match from another program, including other funds from the IEDA, cannot be used to meet the match requirement.

Potential applicants are encouraged to review all published material and contact Rural Community Revitalization Program Manager Liesl Seabert with questions well in advance of application deadlines.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information, contact:
Liesl Seabert
Rural Community Revitalization Program Manager

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