FY21 CDBG/HOME & Emerging Aid to Agencies Funding Round

Applications for FY21 CDBG, HOME, and Emerging Aid to Agencies projects were due January 31, 2020. The Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC) will hold a Q&A at their regular February meeting and provide funding recommendations at their regular March meeting. A detailed timeline is available here.


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs help develop viable urban communities through projects that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons, including public facility, affordable housing, and other eligible activities listed in the Applicant Guide. For FY21, the City expects approximately $542,000 to be available in CDBG/HOME funds. Of this, around $448,000 must be allocated to affordable housing activities: acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction, or direct assistance for renter- or owner-occupied housing. The FY21 pre-app was due January 31, 2020. Full applications will be due after funding recommendations are provided the HCDC. Applicants were strongly encouraged to attend one of the following events to learn more about these programs and the application process:

  • Informational Workshop 1: Wednesday, January 15 at 11:00 am in Emma Harvat Hall, City Hall (410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City)
  • Informational Workshop 2: Friday, January 24 at 11:00 am in Emma Harvat Hall, City Hall (410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City)

Individual workshops may be made available upon request to kirk-lehmann@iowa-city.org. CHDO certifications are required upon a request for CHDO reserve and operations funds. The submitted Pre-Apps and Application Materials are as follows:

Emerging Aid to Agencies 

Aid to Agencies (A2A) provides flexible operational funding for nonprofits providing public services. The City currently estimates $23,000 will be available for “emerging” agencies, i.e. agencies that are not designated as Legacy Agencies in City Steps 2025, the City's Consolidated Plan (available below). Applications were due January 31 and can be found below:

FY21 Legacy Aid to Agencies Funding Round

Aid to Agencies provides flexible funding for agencies providing public services. Eligible organizations are those that served Iowa City and received FY20 Aid to Agencies funding. Applications were available through the United Way Joint Funding process and were due by 5:00 pm on September 12, 2019. 

References for CDBG/HOME:

      Aid to Agencies Final Reports

      Final reports for the previous fiscal year include programs/projects supported by city funding, agency successes and challenges, and demographics of residents served.

      Affordable Housing Location Model

          Consolidated Plan (City Steps)

          This five-year plan guides the allocation of funding for housing, jobs and services for low-to-moderate income persons.

          Annual Action Plans

          The Annual Action Plan describes the federally funded activities of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Programs (HOME), among others, to be undertaken by the City during the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). The plan is a sub-part of Iowa City's Consolidated Plan titled, CITY STEPS.

          Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER)

          A U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development required report that describes the federally funded activities and accomplishments.

          Housing Studies

          Other Planning Documents