$4.1 million awarded to rural Iowa communities for critical infrastructure projects

June 7, 2018

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Jacque Matsen

$4.1 million awarded to rural Iowa communities for critical infrastructure projects

June 7, 2018 (Des Moines) – Awards totaling $4.1 million were announced today for 11 communities across the state. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support a variety of important water and sewer infrastructure projects across the state. 

IEDA received 20 applications totaling $7.8 million in funding requests. The grants are awarded based on benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, financial need, project impact and readiness and the commitment of local resources to the project.

“We must transform our communities into places where people want to live and work if we want to attract new people and business to Iowa,” said Debi Durham, IEDA director. “The foundational work supported by these federal funds is not always the most visible or exciting, but it will have a significant impact on the futures of towns in need across Iowa.”

CDBG funds enable communities to make essential improvements to water and sewer systems, improve housing conditions for low-income homeowners, provide facilities for disabled and at-risk individuals, and make transformative improvements to downtowns. IEDA allocated $21 million in CDBG funds in 2017 and has awarded $7.3 million to date in 2018.  

The Community Development Block Grant program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). IEDA is responsible for administering the CDBG funds in the non-metropolitan areas of the state.  

For more information on CDBG or other community programs, phone 515.348.6215,
email cdbg@iowaeda.com, or visit iowaeconomicdevelopment.com. Media inquiries should be directed to Jacque Matsen at communications@iowaeda.com or 515.348.6248.

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