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Grants to Iowa Public Community Colleges to Develop Commerical Driver's License Training Programs

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Training with New Infrastructure Grants for Community Colleges


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Iowa Workforce Development (IWD)
CFDA Number: 21.027
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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/25/23 2:00 PM CT Save

Grant Description
Grants to Iowa public community colleges to develop commercial driver's license training programs. Funding may be used for equipment purchases, acquisition of space for training, construction, and remodeling of facilities. Funding is intended to support new and existing programs.

The purpose of this award is for the development and/or expansion of CDL Infrastructure in Iowa by providing funding for Iowa Community Colleges to help support the building, purchasing, or remodeling of their CDL training infrastructure. These infrastructures include construction and remodeling of facilities, purchasing of space for training, and/or equipment (trucks, simulators, monitoring devices, etc.).

With 72% of goods in America being moved by truck, in Iowa, there currently is a need for over 727 heavy and tractor-trailer drivers. Iowa Workforce Development is offering a grant to help support the growth of current or new CDL programs in Iowa.

Funding Priorities

  1. Priority will be given to applicants with the ability to train and certify new and upgraded truck drivers continuously and in higher volumes.
  2. IWD will consider the location of applicants during the review process to ensure the geographic diversity of grantees.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are public Community Colleges located in Iowa. Each Community College is eligible for one award only. IWD requires applicants for this grant to cultivate partnerships to fulfil project activities and outcomes.

Grantees must comply with all applicable provisions of state and federal laws pertaining to nondiscrimination, sexual harassment, and equal employment opportunity.

Community College must offer at least one:
- Competency-based training courses and/or
- A training course that would allow someone to complete training and take the licensing exam within a 30-day window

Additional consideration will be given to applicants as follows:
• Priority given to applicants with the ability to train and certify new and upgraded truck drivers continuously and in higher volumes.
• Additional points awarded for:
- Programs that offer their facilities as a 3rd party testing location
- Competency-based training available
- Lower tuition rates

Pre-Proposal Conference
Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) will host a webinar to provide additional information on Thursday, August 24, 11:00A.M.-12:00P.M.


Pre-Application Information
Applications for the funds are due by September 25, 2023 by 2:00p.m. Central Time.

Applicants must submit applications electronically via IWD recommends that applicants create an account and begin the application in advance of the deadline.

A 50% match is required.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
IWD anticipates awarding maximum grants of up to $1 million.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Please direct any questions regarding this NOFO to:

Kristopher Byam
Interim Division Administrator
Workforce Training and Education
Iowa Workforce Development

If you have any questions regarding the online application or want additional assistance, please contact Patrick Rice at or 515-725-907

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