Browse through several City of Iowa City grant and loan opportunities available for businesses, nonprofits and organizations. 

For more information about these programs, call 319-356-5230. 


Aid to Agencies - Legacy

About: Operational funding for nonprofit organizations that serve primarily low-income persons in Iowa City. Minimum award is $15,000.

Qualifications: The organization must be in Iowa City and serve Iowa City low income residents. Legacy Aid to Agency applicants must be a legal entity for at least two years and have received Iowa City Aid to Agency funding in the past five years. Applications are typically available in August and due in September, and must be submitted through the annual United Way Joint Funding process.

Learn more and apply: www.icgov.org/actionplan

Contact: Neighborhood and Development Services, 319-356-5230


Aid to Agencies - Emerging

About: Operational funding for new or emerging nonprofit organizations that serve primarily low income persons in Iowa City.  Minimum award is $5,000.  Maximum award is $15,000.

Qualifications: The organization must be in Iowa City and serve Iowa City low income residents. Emerging Aid to Agency applicants have not existed as a legal entity for at least two years or have not received Aid to Agency funding in the last five years.  Applications are typically available in December and due in mid-January.

Learn more and apply:  www.icgov.org/actionplan

Contact: Neighborhood & Development Services, 319-356-5230


Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

About: The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and funds local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development.

Qualifications: Non-profit organizations, housing providers and businesses who serve primarily low-moderate income persons are eligible to apply.  Applications are typically available in December and due in mid-January.

Learn more and apply: www.icgov.org/actionplan

Contact: Neighborhood and Development Services, 319-356-5230


Community Climate Action Grant

About: The purpose of this funding is to inspire and promote public involvement in the implementation of the Iowa City Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. Community input and involvement are crucial to reduce local greenhouse emissions in order to reach community-wide carbon reduction goals. This yearly grant program aims to enhance local climate action through work performed by community-based organizations. The grant will fund projects that specifically promote or implement one or more of the 35 actions within the Plan. Maximum allocation is $5,000.

Read a general summary of the grant and application process here. 

How to apply: The window to apply is currently closed. The application process begins in February, with funds available the following July 1st. Information will be released near the beginning of the calendar year to announce when the process is reopened. 

Qualifications: To apply, applicant must be principally and physically located in Iowa City.

Contact: Sustainability Services, 319-887-6161


Economic Development CDBG Funds

About: This fund can be used to provide loans and grants to business development projects that benefit low and moderate-income employees through the creation and retention of jobs.

Qualifications: All projects must meet the federal eligibility guidelines and requirements of the Community Development Block Grant Program by creating jobs for low- to-moderate income residents. Technical assistance is eligible if there is direct placement into employment.

Learn more and apply: www.icgov.org/financialassistance

Contact: Neighborhood and Development Services, 319-356-5230


HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

About: This program funds housing activities that benefit low-to-moderate income households. Eligible activities include acquisition, rehabilitation, down payment assistance and tenant based rent assistance.

Qualifications: For-profit and non-profit housing providers are eligible to apply. Applications are typically available in December and due in mid-January.

Learn more and apply: www.icgov.org/actionplan

Contact: Neighborhood and Development Services, 319-356-5230


MicroLoan Program for Small Business

About: The MicroLoan Program provides low to moderate income persons with access to affordable loans to start or expand a business in Iowa City.

Qualifications: Borrower(s) businesses must be in the corporate limits of Iowa City. If financing is approved for a home-based business, the home must be in the corporate limits of Iowa City. Applicant’s income must be below 80 percent median household income.

Learn more and apply: www.icgov.org/financialassistance

Contact: Neighborhood and Development Services, 319-356-5230


Program for Improving Neighborhoods (PIN Grant Program)

About: The program is available to neighborhood associations to fund improvements in their neighborhood, support community building programs and events, as well as other projects. Maximum allocation is $5,000. The application process occurs every spring, funds available July 1.

Qualifications: Neighborhoods must have held meetings or events over the past 12 months.

Learn more and apply: www.icgov.org/neighborhoodassociations

Contact: Neighborhood and Development Services, 319-356-5230


Public Art Matching Funds

About: The Matching Grant Project will consider visual, audio, or performance-based art such as sculpture, murals, performances, readings, interactive exhibits, video projections, soundscapes, spoken word, and other mediums. Matching funds are available up to $2,000.  Deadlines for applications change from year to year. Check the website for most current dates.

Qualifications: Proposals must be for projects that will be publicly accessible and viewable within Iowa City’s corporate limits. Art may be displayed or performed on private property with owner permission.

Learn more and apply: www.icgov.org/publicart

Contact: Neighborhood and Development Services, 319-356-5230


Social Justice and Racial Equity Grant

About: The Social Justice Racial Equity Grant is available to encourage, empower and engage social justice and racial equity initiatives in six service areas: education, building community, housing, criminal justice, health and employment.

Qualifications: To apply, you must be a for-profit or non-profit organization principally and physically located in Iowa City.

Learn more and apply: www.icgov.org/humanrights.

Staff: Equity and Human Rights, 319-356-5022