The window to apply for a Community Climate Action Grant has been extended, meaning area organizations are invited to apply through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. 

This program aims to address and enhance local climate action through innovative work from non-profits that aligns with the actions in the Iowa City Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. Applications were being accepted from Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, to Tuesday, March 3, 2020. 

Due to the available funds of the grant being doubled from last year, $25,000 to $50,000, the City decided to increase the time groups had to apply as well. 

In 2018, the City adopted a Climate Action Plan which was created to reach reduction goals identical to those the U.S. committed to in the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015.

In 2019, the City increased its goals in accordance with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): reduce carbon emissions by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, then net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This grant is designed to help further those goals. 

The online grant form can be found on the City's website. 

To qualify, project goals must focus on climate in Iowa City. Grants cannot exceed $5,000, with $50,000 available July 1. All funding should be spent by June 30, 2021.

Groups eligible are non-profits, or private businesses that have partnered with a non-profit. 

Applications that have already been sent will be processed before the March 3 deadline. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

To learn more about the grant, requirements, and how to apply, visit, or contact Iowa City Sustainability Coordinator Brenda Nations at 319-887-6161 or

Date of publication

Tuesday, March 03, 2020