The 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. 29, 2021.
Types of funding available
Aid to Agencies (A2A) provides flexible operational funding for nonprofits providing public services. The City expects approximately $30,000 to be available for emerging agencies that have not recently received A2A funding.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs help develop urban communities by providing safe and decent affordable housing, suitable living environments, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The City expects approximately $573,000 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 $348,000 must be allocated to affordable housing activities: acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction, or direct assistance for renter- or owner-occupied housing. The remaining $225,000 may be used for housing or public facilities projects.
Review process and how to apply
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 the City’s 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan (City Steps 2025), online at www.icgov.org/actionplan. Funds become available for use on or after July 1, 2021.
HCDC and City staff strongly encourage all applicants to attend one of two informational workshop to be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, or at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. If those dates will not work, please contact Brianna Gabel to request additional learning opportunities. Workshops will be held virtually through Zoom due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
An applicant guide and applications are available online at www.icgov.org/actionplan. Upon request, staff will email or mail the 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 Brianna-Gabel@iowa-city.org.