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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Downtown Revitalization

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State of Iowa

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08/16/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Iowa counties and cities for capital improvements. Applicants are required to contact the funding source prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding may be used for activities and projects to restore and revitalize storefronts and facades in urban areas. Eligible projects include the revitalization of historic city centers as well as facade improvements to privately owned buildings.

The Downtown Revitalization Fund provides grants to communities for activities contributing to comprehensive revitalization in historic city centers or core downtown areas. The program is primarily focused on building façade improvements to privately owned buildings in downtowns. Work on roofs, for up to 40% of that building’s total costs, is also eligible.

Front façades of buildings and side facades, when clearly visible from the travel lane of the adjacent public street are eligible. Rear facades are eligible only under very rare circumstances. Upper story residential units are subject to Lead Based Paint requirements.

To apply for the maximum award, a minimum of 8 blighted buildings (addresses) must be proposed for improvements in the overall project. A minimum of 6 blighted buildings (addresses) must be proposed for improvement to apply for any amount of funds. Local matching funds from the city/county, building owners or other sources are required to be competitive.

Applications for the CDBG Downtown Revitalization Fund must meet a CDBG program national objective. The national objective most applicable to Downtown Revitalization Fund projects is the elimination of the slum and blight. To address the slum and blight national objective, the application must document the extent or seriousness of deterioration or blight in the downtown “target” area to be assisted (at least 25% of all structures in the area), illustrating that the proposed activity will alleviate or eliminate at least some of the conditions causing the deterioration or blight. A comprehensive, detailed building survey documenting blight, as well as a designating Chapter 403 resolution from the local government applicant, is necessary to meet this national objective.

Applicants may apply for funds to improve a number of building facades or for a single, documented iconic building. Those applying for funds for a single building must have prior IEDA approval.

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GrantWatch ID#: 151213

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $500,000.

Term of Contract:

- Project Start Date: 10/30/2021
- Project End Date: 09/01/2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All incorporated cities and all counties in the State, except those designated as HUD entitlement areas, are eligible to apply for and receive funds under this program.

Buildings with a first or ground floor residential use are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 08/16/2021 11:59 PM

Applications for funding are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis, as funds are available.

Prior to submitting an application on, you must contact Project Manager Ed Basch.

The services of an architect to prepare preliminary cost estimates and renderings is required as part of the application. These costs cannot be reimbursed by CDBG funds.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Ed Basch, Project Manager

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USA: Iowa

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