Iowa Economic Development Authority putting $1.6 million in block grant funds up for grabs

Debi Durham
Debi Durham

The Iowa Economic Development Authority on Friday will open an early round of applications for approximately $1.6 million in federal Community Development Block Grant money, the agency announced Tuesday.

Cities and counties can apply for the funds — allocated to Iowa by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and disseminated from the state’s CDBG Community Facilities Fund — to assist with projects such as day care facilities, senior centers, vocational workshops and community services, such as stormwater projects.

The maximum amounts applicants can request depend on their populations — ranging from up to $1,000 per capita in unincorporated areas or those with fewer than 300 residents, to up to $800,000 in communities with more than 15,000 residents.

At least 51 percent of those residents also must qualify as low- to moderate income, at or below 80 percent of the area median income under HUD guidelines. Current income levels are visible at

The Iowa Economic Development Authority will accept applications through Jan. 17 and expects to announce awards in early March.

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