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Local Community Grants

Below is a list of grants that may fit your community priorities. If you would like more information on a grant, or would like to talk to a staff person directly, contact Marla Quinn at mquinn@ecia.org.

The Dubuque Racing Association, Ltd. hopes to support a broad range of nonprofit organizations, which fall into these general categories: education; health and human services; arts, culture, and recreation; civic and community development; and promotion of dog, horse, or other livestock-breeding industries. Application are available and due by February 26.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) Derelict Building Grant Program provides small Iowa communities and rural counties financial assistance to address neglected structures in order to improve the appearance of their streets and revitalize local economies. In accordance with the statutory requirement on how these funds are to be used the emphasis will be on landfill diversion through the recycling and reuse of building materials. Applications are due by February 26.

Iowa’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department (HSEMD) announces the application period is now open for 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) sub-grants. HSGP is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The federal appropriation and federal notice of funding opportunity have not yet been announced. HSEMD is moving forward with the sub-grant application phase per FEMA’s recommendation for states to be planning projects for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 HSGP grant.

Eligible applicants include local units of government, combinations of local units of government, Tribal governments, or other specific groups or organizations. This includes county, city, and municipal governments; school districts; councils of government and Tribal councils; institutions of higher education; nonprofit organizations including hospitals. State agencies are eligible to apply to administer projects that benefit local entities. There are multiple steps to the application process. Please do not delay getting started. Applications are due by February 29.

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation funds and supports community-based programs, volunteer service projects, disaster relief, and other initiatives to improve the quality of life in communities where Georgia-Pacific operates. Proposals are accepted and reviewed throughout the Grant Cycle which is January 1 to October 31 of this year. Please submit your proposal as early in the year as possible, but at least 30 days prior to the end of the Grant Review Cycle. The GP Foundation will respond with written notification within 60 days of receipt of request. Must be a 501c3.


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