$23.8 million awarded to Iowa communities for infrastructure and housing development projects
April 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson
Awards totaling $23.8 million were announced today (Tuesday), for 70 communities across the state. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support 72 community investment projects. The federally funded grants were awarded for community facilities, infrastructure improvements, downtown revitalization and single family owner-occupied housing rehabilitation.
Among the grant recipients in the KJAN listening area, was:
- The City of Anita – $300,000 for construction improvements to the City’s water system.
- The City of Breda (Carroll County) – $300,000 for the replacement of a water tower.
- The City of Corning – $500,000 for construction improvements to the City’s water system.
- The City of Creston – $250,000 for improvements to the sanitary sewer system to reduce infiltration and inflow.
- The City of Earlham – $191,000 for improvements to the existing water distribution system.
- The City of Hancock – $196,000 for improvements to the City’s water system.
- The City of Henderson – $185,000 for a Life Station & Force Main replacement.
- The City of Macedonia – $246,000 for improvements to the water system.
- The City of Schleswig – $300,000 for CDBG Administration.
- The City of Thurman – $229,000 for improvements to the City’s water system.
- The City of Winterset – $584,000 for sanitary sewer system improvements.
- The City of Greenfield – $205,500 for the Southern Iowa Council Of Governments (COG).
- The City of Panora – $395,000 for the Region 12 Council of Governments (COG).
The 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 received 136 applications for these funds, totaling $44.9 million in funding requests. The grants are awarded based on benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, slum and blight elimination, financial need, project impact and readiness, and commitment of local resources to the project.
The Community Development Block Grant program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). IEDA is responsible for administering the CDBG funds in the non-metropolitan areas of the state. Applications are solicited annually, usually during the fall.