The City of Iowa City is now accepting applications from organizations for public services, public facilities, and affordable housing projects for Fiscal Year 2020. Applications are due by noon on Friday, January 18, 2019, and are available at

Emerging Aid to Agencies Funding Round

Aid to Agencies (A2A) provides flexible operational funding for nonprofits providing public services. The City expects approximately $19,000 to be available for “emerging” agencies that have not recently received A2A funding.

Office Hours: Applicants can visit City Hall for in-person assistance completing the application.

  • Dates: Jan. 2, 4, and 8, 2019 
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
  • Location: Neighborhood Services in City Hall, 410 E. Washington St.

CDBG/HOME Funding Round 

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, available at

The City expects the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make approximately $625,000 in CDBG/HOME funds available for this competitive application. Of this, around $525,000 must be allocated to affordable housing activities: acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction, or direct assistance for renter- or owner-occupied housing.

Informational Workshop: Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the following event.

  • Date: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 
  • Time: 11 a.m. 
  • Location: Emma Harvat Hall in City Hall, 410 E. Washington St.

Upon request, an alternative workshop session can be made available at 11 a.m. on  Jan. 10.

Application Deadline 

Applications are due by noon on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.

The Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC) and City Council will review applications and conduct a public allocation process to determine which projects receive funding. Funds are awarded according to quality of application and the needs and priorities outlined in the City’s 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan (CITY STEPS), available online at

Funds will become available for use on July 1, 2019. 

More Information

Application forms and the CDBG/HOME application guide are online at

Upon request, staff will email or mail application materials.

Questions about these grants, or the funding process, should be directed to Neighborhood Services staff at 319-356-5230, or emailed to

Date of publication

Monday, December 17, 2018