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New Funds Available to Support Innovative Rural Projects and Housing Assessments

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Ms. Kanan Kappelman, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Phone: 515.348.6248
communications@iowaeda.com

New Funds Available to Support Innovative Rural Projects and Housing Assessments

March 9, 2020 (Des Moines) - The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced today two new competitive funds available for rural communities with a population under 20,000. Specifically, funding of up to $400,000 has been allocated to the following two funds for current fiscal year (FY) 2020 through FY 2021:

  • Rural Innovation Grant Program – Provides up to $300,000 in grants supporting creative, non-traditional ideas that focus on current issues and challenges faced by rural communities associated with the themes of community investment, growth and connection; and the
  • Rural Housing Assessment Grant Program – Provides up to $100,000 to support the use of publicly available online information through the “Profile of Iowa” tool and rural community efforts to interpret this hard data with supplemental information, as well as to implement through changes to development codes, local ordinances and housing incentives specific to their community needs in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Guidelines and scoring rubric for both programs are available on the Office of Rural Revitalization’s website. The programs, defined in Iowa Administrative Code, are administered by the Center for Rural Revitalization, a division of IEDA, in consultation with the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative Task Forces.

Applications for FY 2020 are currently being accepted via iowagrants.gov and are due by May 1, 2020. Applications will be scored by a volunteer panel that will include the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative Task Force members and expert professionals. Successful applicants will be informed in June.

“By connecting, investing and growing our rural communities through the Rural Innovation Grant and the Rural Housing Assessment Grant Program, we are elevating creative initiatives that will drive significant change in our rural communities and align with the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative,” said Governor Kim Reynolds. “These tools will empower leaders and innovators to build thriving communities in all corners of Iowa.”

 “The grant programs developed by the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative are ensuring there is opportunity and prosperity in every corner of our state,” said Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, co-chair of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative. “These projects will keep us moving in the right direction to expand, grow and revitalize rural Iowa.”

For additional program parameters and information, contact Liesl Seabert at rural@iowaeda.com.

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