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Funding is available to help implement your Climate Action project.

Community Action Grants

The City offers Community Climate Action Grants in order to inspire and promote public involvement in the implementation of the Iowa City’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan with projects that:

  • Increase energy efficiency
  • Encourage low or no-emissions transportation
  • Minimize waste and/or consumption of valuable resources
  • Support and promote sustainable lifestyle choices
  • Promote climate preparedness and resilience
Who can apply?

Organizations or groups applying must be principally and physically located in Iowa City. Any applicant or partnering group located outside of Iowa City must demonstrate that the population or area served will primarily be people or places within Iowa City. Eligible applicants include:

  • Non-Profit and Community Based Organizations (awards up to $10,000)
  • For-Profit Businesses (awards up to ($10,000)

The goal of the grant project must align with the goals listed in Iowa City’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, be ready to implement, and able to be completed within 12 months or less. Grant funds cannot be used for operational costs such as rent or salaries. A maximum of 20% of funds may go towards administrative costs.

The next grant application period opens March 2023. 

Grant documents


Youth Mini-Grants

As part of the Climate Action Grant program, mini-grants in the amount of $500 are available year round for youth led projects or initiatives related to the Climate Action Plan. Students in grades 5-12 are eligible to apply.

To qualify for grant funding students must be residents of Iowa City. The project must take place principally within city limits and be of benefit to fellow Iowa City residents. Eligible projects could include, but are not limited to, projects to encourage fellow students to walk or bike to school, reduce food waste at home or at school, or encourage fellow students and neighbors to reduce energy usage by distributing devices such as smart power strips.

Applications must be received prior to the start of the project and can be submitted any time during the 2022 calendar year.

Students are encouraged to contact Climate Action and Outreach staff with any questions.


TIF-Funded Energy Efficiency Grant 

The City offers TIF-funded grants for commercial and industrial entities to assist with projects that reduce energy usage, including:

  • Advanced heating and cooling systems
  • Lighting system upgrades
  • Building automation controls
  • Solar power and water heating systems
  • Insulation, high-performance glass, and cool roofs
Who can apply?

Businesses must be physically located in Iowa City within one of the following designated areas:

50/50 matching grants are available for up to $250,000 in urban renewal areas and between $20,000-$100,000 in the commercial districts. Eligible expenses include equipment and labor for installation.

There is an open grant period through January 31, 2023 or until funds are exhausted.

More information and an application form can be found at icgov.org/EnergyEfficiencyGrants.


Climate Innovation Grants

The City offers Climate Innovation Grants to support the adoption by Iowa City businesses and organizations of emerging technologies that align with the city's Climate Action goals, including projects that:

  • Advance beneficial electrification
  • Encourage low or no-emissions transportation
  • Minimize waste through closed-loop practices
  • Promote climate preparedness and resilience

This grant is designed for technologies that do not fit easily under other funding structures and represent new and advanced systems not previously deployed in Iowa City.

Who can apply?

Organizations or groups applying must be principally and physically located in Iowa City. Any applicant or partnering group located outside of Iowa City must demonstrate that the population or area served will primarily be people or places within Iowa City. Eligible applicants include:

  • Non-Profit and Community Based Organizations 
  • For-Profit Businesses 

All funding proposals will be evaluated by Climate Action staff on a project-by-project basis to determine the projected emissions savings, viability of the technology, potential payback period, equity impacts, and appropriate funding amount. Funding must be approved by the City Manager's office and may be sent to City Council for final approval per City policy.

Funding approval must be received prior to the start of the project.

Interested businesses and non-profits may apply at any time by contacting Climate Action staff to discuss the proposed project.


For more information

Contact Daniel Bissell | Daniel-Bissell@Iowa-City.org | 319-887-6161