The City of Iowa City is now accepting applications from organizations for public services, public facilities, and affordable housing projects for Fiscal Year 2021. Applications are due by noon on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

Aid to Agencies (A2A) provides flexible operational funding for nonprofits providing public services. The City expects approximately $23,000 to be available for agencies that are not classified as “legacy” agencies in City Steps 2025, the City’s 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan, online at The funding round for Legacy agencies closed in September 2019. 

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs help develop viable urban communities by providing safe and decent affordable housing, suitable living environments, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for eligible persons.

The City expects $542,000 in CDBG/HOME funds to be available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for this competitive application. Of this, around $397,000 must be allocated to affordable housing activities: acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction, or direct assistance for renter- or owner-occupied housing.

The Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC) and City Council will review applications and allocate funds to projects through a public process based on the needs and priorities in City Steps 2025. Funds become available for use on July 1, 2020. HCDC and City staff encourage applicants to attend one of two applicant workshops on Wednesday, Jan. 15 or Thursday, Jan. 24, both of which will be held at 11 a.m. in City Hall’s Emma Harvat Hall, 410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City.

The Applicant Guide and application materials are available at Upon request, staff will email or mail application materials to interested applicants. Questions about these grants or the funding process may be directed to Neighborhood Services staff at 319-356-5230 or

Date of publication

Tuesday, January 14, 2020