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Community Development Division

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
    Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are provided to the City of Iowa City on an annual basis from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. CDBG funds are used throughout the community to address the needs of lower income citizens. CDBG funds may be used for a variety of activities (e.g. public services, public facilities, housing, economic development, fair housing and job training).

    The City of Iowa City has a five-year plan entitled CITY STEPS, which outlines the goals, strategies and priorities to be addressed with CDBG funds. The CITY STEPS plan focuses on housing, jobs and services for low-income citizens.

    Each year (usually in December) applications for CDBG funding are available to the public. After applications are received, a citizen commission (Housing and Community Development Commission) holds several public meetings where the applications are presented, reviewed and prioritized. This citizen commission then makes a recommendation on funding to the Iowa City Council. In April of each year the City Council discusses the funding recommendations from the citizen commission and holds a public hearing. Submission of an Annual Action Plan outlining projects to be funded with CDBG monies is then approved in May and forwarded to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for their review and approval.

    Additional information regarding the CDBG program and the projects receiving these funds may be obtained by contacting the Department of Neighborhood and Development Services or viewing the Annual Action Plan Budget.

    Contact: Community Development Staff (319) 356-5230
  • HOME Funds
    HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME) funds are provided to the City of Iowa City on an annual basis from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HOME funds are used throughout the community to address the housing needs of lower income citizens.

    The City of Iowa City has a five-year plan entitled CITY STEPS, which outlines the goals, strategies and priorities to be addressed with HOME funds. The CITY STEPS plan focuses on housing, jobs and services for low-income citizens.

    Each year (usually in December) applications for HOME funding are available to the public. After applications are received, a citizen commission (Housing and Community Development Commission) holds several public meetings where the applications are presented, reviewed and prioritized. This citizen commission then makes a recommendation on funding to the Iowa City Council. In April of each year the City Council discusses the funding recommendations from the citizen commission and holds a public hearing. Submission of an Annual Action Plan outlining projects to be funded with HOME monies is then approved in May and forwarded to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for their review and approval.

    Additional information regarding the HOME program and the projects receiving these funds may be obtained by contacting the Department of Neighborhood and Development Services or view the Annual Action Plan Budget.

    Contact: Community Development Staff (319) 356-5230

Community Event & Program Funding

The City of Iowa City is now accepting applications for FY2016 (7/1/15 to 6/30/16). Applications must be received on or before Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Subject to City Council approval, Community Event and Program Funds may be provided by the City to organizations or individuals who wish to provide events and programs for Iowa City residents and visitors. Past activities have included festivals and performances.

Applications are available at City Hall in the City Manager's office or from the link below.

Note:  All applications must be typed or completed online. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

View the Community Event & Program Funding Application - Fillable form

Event organizers must complete the application online or submit a printed, typed application to the address below. Please call the City Finance Office at 319-356-5050 to confirm receipt of the application.

Cyndi Ambrose, Administrative Secretary
City Hall
410 E. Washington Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

 

Housing Rehabilitation Program

The Iowa City Housing Rehabilitation Program is designed to assist income eligible homeowners with repairs to their home. Assistance is available for projects ranging from emergency repair (e.g. furnace replacement) to comprehensive rehabilitation are available.

A majority of the financial assistance available through this program is in the form of a conditional loan, which is repaid when the current owner(s) sell the property. Eligible property types include single-family homes, mobile homes and duplexes.

Applications are received on a year-around basis. Anyone needing an application form or additional information about the Housing Rehabilitation Program is encouraged to contact the Housing Rehabilitation Program at 319-356-5246.

Contact: Liz Osborne, Program Assistant (319) 356-5246

 

Neighborhood (PIN) Grants

What is a PIN Grant?
The Program for Improving Neighborhoods (PIN) Grant provides funds for neighborhood associations who have agreed upon feasible projects to improve their neighborhood to meet a needed or desired goal.

PIN Grants are funds allocated by the City Council to organized neighborhood associations to help them make improvements in their neighborhood. Neighborhood associations oftentimes learn through their meetings, neighborhood contacts, etc. that there are improvements that could be made in the neighborhood that are not necessarily the responsibility of the City or the neighbors, but would benefit the neighborhood regardless. The goal of the PIN grant is to provide the neighborhood associations the financial resources to affect their future as well as provide a focus for neighborhood to operate.

The PIN grant is designed, allocations recommended and monitored by the Neighborhood Council; representatives of any interested neighborhood associations. PIN grant funding recommendations are made to the Iowa City City Council who officially allocates the funds. The PIN grant process is evaluated by the Neighborhood Council on an annual basis to determine if the program is working effectively.

How Much Money is Available?
The Iowa City City Council has allocated $15,000 annually for the PIN program. All organized neighborhoods are invited to apply for the PIN funds. There are no limitations on the number of applications that can be submitted by one neighborhood association. There is a maximum grant amount of $5,000.

What Kind of Projects Can Be Funded?
The PIN grant funds can be used on many types of neighborhood projects. This can include a neighborhood-wide project or a specific improvement to a common area within the neighborhood. Here are some ideas:

  • tree planting, landscaping improvements
  • welcome signs, neighborhood names
  • educational information about historic nature of neighborhood, notable features of neighborhood
  • park improvements or acquisitions
  • creek cleanup/stabilization
    trail development
  • neighborhood service projects; supplies to paint, repair or maintain the home of elderly or low income neighbors
  • the list is endless!

Are There Any Restrictions?
Very few...your neighborhood association must be organized and the decision of what should be applied for through the PIN program must come from the entirety of the neighborhood. This can be accomplished through neighborhood meetings, neighborhood newsletter surveys, or door-to-door surveying. The PIN application will ask that the neighborhood document the support of the neighborhood for the particular grant request.

Funds can be used for physical improvements to the neighborhood, projects that will benefit elderly, low income or other disadvantaged groups or general projects that benefit the entire neighborhood. Funds cannot be used for continuing operational or maintenance cost as the ongoing availability of these funds is uncertain.

It is important for the neighborhood association to determine if funds are available from other sources prior to requesting PIN funds. The Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator can help you research what other sources might be available.

Contact: Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator (319) 356-5237

View PIN Grant Application

View the Complete Grant Description and Timeline

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