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CDBG Downtown Revitalization

Grants to Iowa Local Governments for the
Revitalization of Historic City Centers

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State of Iowa

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04/27/18 11:59 PM


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Grants to Iowa cities and counties for the comprehensive revitalization of historic city centers throughout the state. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. This program supports facade improvements to privately-owned structures.

Applications for the CDBG Downtown Revitalization Fund must meet one HUD 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 area to be assisted, illustrating that the proposed activity will alleviate or eliminate the conditions causing the deterioration or blight. A comprehensive, detailed building survey, as well as a resolution from the local government applicant is necessary to meet this national objective.

Communities interested in using the low-to-moderate income (LMI) benefit as a national objective under this program application must contact IEDA in advance to determine its appropriateness for an application under this program.

2 CFR 200 Audit Requirements:

CDBG contracts may be subject to audit. Federal Code (2 CFR 200) requires that recipients that expend $750,000 or more in federal funds within a fiscal year must have a single or program specific audit. When budgeting for CDBG funds, applicants should be aware of these audit requirements:

-For recipients of $750,000 or more in federal funds received from more than one source of federal funding, an organization-wide audit must be conducted in accordance with federal requirements outlined in 2 CFR 200.514
-For recipients of $750,000 or more in federal funds received from a single source, a project audit, targeting only transactions dealing specifically with the project, may be performed in lieu of an organization-wide audit.
-Communities should consult with their accountants regarding the applicability of an audit and audit requirements.

Audit costs are a CDBG-eligible expense. Organization-wide audits can be paid with CDBG funds proportional to the amount of all other funds included in the audit. The total cost of a project audit can be paid with CDBG funds.

David Bacon and Related Acts:

Projects that include construction may be subject to the requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act and related laws and regulations. The Davis-Bacon Act applies to all contracts for construction, alteration and/or repairs in excess of $2,000 that involve CDBG funds. Cost estimates for the proposed project should reflect compliance with these requirements.

Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act:

For projects that include acquisition and relocation, all recipients given the authority to acquire property are required to follow the guidelines in HUD Handbook 1378 – Tenant Assistance, Relocation and Real Property Acquisition. Cost estimates for the proposed project should reflect compliance with these requirements.

Historic Preservation Review Requirements:

Federally funded activities are subject to the review requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The goal of the review process is to identify historic properties, both above and below the ground potentially affected by the undertaking, assess the effects of the undertaking and seek ways to avoid, minimize or mitigate any adverse effects on historic properties.

The review process involves review by IEDA and possible consultation with various agencies, groups and individuals, including the State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO), located in the Department of Cultural Affairs. Although consultation is not required prior to a CDBG award, if the project includes a property that may have historical significance, it is a good idea to contact IEDA early in the project development. For more information regarding Section 106 review and compliance, you may call IEDA at 515.725.3078.

Iowa Green Streets Criteria:

Projects funded under the Downtown Revitalization program must meet the Iowa Green Street Criteria. The Iowa Green Streets Criteria promote public health, energy efficiency, water conversation, smart locations, operational savings and sustainable building practices. As part of the application, you will be required to submit the Green Streets Criteria Checklist.

Environmental Review and project initiation:

No HUD Funds or non-HUD funds may be committed to the project until the applicant has secured environmental approval from the State, as provided in HUD regulation 24 CFR Part 58. In addition, pending environmental approval and pursuant to 24 CFR Part 58.22(a), no grant recipient or participant in the development process, including contractors or sub-contractors, may undertake an activity that may limit the choice of reasonable alternatives. Such choice limiting actions include real property acquisition, conducting a competitive sealed bid process for the project, leasing, rehabilitation, repair, demolition, conversion, and new construction.

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GrantWatch ID#: 151213

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $500,000. Communities with populations less than 300 are limited to $1,000 per capita. Cities with populations between 300 and 999 may receive up to $300,000. Cities with populations of 1,000 or greater may receive the maximum award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All incorporated cities and counties in Iowa, except those designated as HUD entitlement areas, are eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

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

The application deadline is April 27, 2018, 11:59 PM.

More information about Green Streets may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

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Ed Basch

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa