The City of Iowa City was recently allocated $410,422 in CDBG-CV funds through the federal CARES Act.  Staff is currently reviewing regulatory requirements and working through the plan amendment process in order to utilize those funds for a community response to the pandemic.  More details will be posted to this page as they become available.


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:

 Application Materials are as follows:

References for CDBG/HOME:

      Aid to Agencies

      Legacy Aid to Agencies Funding

      Aid to Agencies provides flexible funding for agencies providing public services to low-income residents of Iowa City.  Eligible organizations are those that are identified as a Legacy Agency in City Steps 2025 Consolidated Plan (p150). Applications are accepted through the United Way Joint Funding process in August of each year. 

      Emerging Aid to Agencies Funding

      Aid to Agencies (A2A) provides flexible operational funding for nonprofits providing public services. Up to five percent of Aid to Agencies funding may be made 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 are typically available in December and due in January for the following fiscal year.

      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

          Environmental Reviews