Water and Sewer Fund

Improving water and wastewater services

Funds awarded through this annual competitive program assist cities and counties with projects such as sanitary sewer system improvements, water system improvements, water and wastewater treatment facility projects, storm sewer projects related to sanitary sewer system improvements and rural water connections.

The program is funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The goal of this program is to provide economic opportunities for people, especially those of low- and moderate income.

Funding based on community population:

  • Less than 300 and unincorporated areas receive up to $1,000 per capita
  • Less than 1,000 receive up to $300,000
  • Between 1,000 and 2,500 receive up to $500,000
  • Between 2,500 and 15,000 receive up to $600,000
  • Greater than 15,000 receive up to $800,000


  • Projects must primarily benefit low- and moderate income persons as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Projects must incorporate and support Iowa’s state sustainable principles

How to Apply

  • Applications are accepted and reviewed quarterly
  • Application deadlines are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 with award announcements in March, June, September and December
  • Download application instructions on the CDBG Management Guide and Other Resources page
  • Visit iowagrants.gov to apply
Program Contact(s)

Nichole Hansen



Iowa Economic Development Authority
200 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 1.515.725.3000
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