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$2.7 million in grants awarded to Iowa communities for infrastructure projects

For more information contact:

Ms. Kanan Kappelman, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Phone: 515.725.3154

$2.7 million in grants awarded to Iowa communities for infrastructure projects

June 6, 2017 (DES MOINES, IA) –  Today, grant awards totaling $2.7 million were announced for seven communities across the state.  The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support community water and sewer infrastructure projects. 

“The ability to provide support to infrastructure projects via this critical program is an important step in revitalizing Iowa’s rural communities,” said Debi Durham, director of the IEDA. IEDA received nine applications totaling $3.5 million in funding requests.  The grants are awarded based on benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, financial need, project impact and readiness, and commitment of local resources to the project.

The CDBG program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG funds enable communities to make needed improvements to water and sewer systems, improve housing conditions for low-income homeowners, provide facilities for disabled and at-risk individuals, and make transformative improvements to their downtowns. IEDA is responsible for administering the CDBG funds in the non-metropolitan areas of the state. 

Starting in January 2017, IEDA began soliciting applications for the Water and Sewer Fund on a quarterly basis. Moving from an annual application to a quarterly application process better aligns with the State Revolving Fund review and approval process, which provides matching funds for the majority of CDBG water and sewer infrastructure projects.

For more information on CDBG or other community development programs, phone 515.725.3081, email, or visit

Media inquiries should be directed to Kanan Kappelman at or 515.725.3154.

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