Up to $ 500,000 recently allocated to rural community programs in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) – Four rural community funds in the state of Iowa are receiving an increase in allocations.

In a statement from Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office, the state announced that up to $ 500,000 in grants will go to four rural community programs providing funding for things like child care and housing. A rural community is qualified as having a population of less than 20,000 inhabitants.

“By connecting, investing and growing our rural communities through these grant programs, we are elevating creative initiatives that will drive significant change in our rural communities and align with Governor Empower Rural Iowa’s initiative,” said Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, co-chair of the Governor Empower Rural Iowa Initiative.

The four major programs benefiting from funding increases are:

  • Rural innovation grant program – Provides up to $ 200,000 in grants supporting creative, non-traditional ideas that focus on current issues and challenges facing rural communities associated with the themes of community investment, growth and connection; the
  • Rural Housing Assessment Grant Program – Provides up to $ 100,000 to support the use of publicly available online information through the ‘Iowa Profile’ tool and rural community efforts to interpret this hard data with additional information, as well that to implement them by changing development codes, local ordinances and housing incentives specific to the needs of their community in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; the
  • Rural Child Care Market Study Grants Program – Provides up to $ 100,000 to support the use of data and analysis by rural communities to determine needs and solutions specific to their region. In partnership with First Children’s Finance, funding for the program will allow communities to assess the current environment of the child care market and develop strategies; and the
  • Rural return program – Provides up to $ 100,000 to support creative programs that inspire new residents to relocate and / or work in rural communities. Funding in the form of grants will support the development and implementation of incentive programs.

Program applications can be submitted here and must be submitted by December 1, 2021 for the next fiscal year. Applicants receiving funds are expected to receive notification by mid-December.

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