Background Information on State of Iowa Grants:
Iowa Department of Agriculture
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will be awarding $260,549 in grants to Iowa organizations to help enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa. The Department received $276,526.15 through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to support the program.
Iowa agricultural non-profit organizations, cooperatives, specialty crop industry associations or organizations, and producer groups were eligible to apply for funding to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.
Watershed Improvement Grants
The Watershed Improvement Review Board recently approved twelve applications totaling $946,952 in grants to support projects that will improve water quality or reduce flooding in the state.
The grant funds will be matched by recipients, who will provide $7,176,469 in funding from the local communities to support these projects. As a result, $8.1 million will be going to improve priority watersheds throughout the state.
USDA provides homeownership opportunities to low-and moderate-income rural Americans through several loan, grant, and loan guarantee programs. The programs also make funding available to individuals to finance vital improvements necessary to make their homes decent, safe, and sanitary. USDA Multi-Family Housing Programs offer Rural Rental Housing Loans to provide affordable multi-family rental housing for very low-, low-, and moderate-income families; the elderly; and persons with disabilities. In addition, rental assistance is available to eligible families.
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)
The purpose of the USDA’s RMAP program is to support the development and ongoing success of rural microentrepreneurs and microenterprises. Direct loans and grants are made to selected Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs).
Explore more resources for leveraging grants:
• Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) (DNR)
• Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
• Iowa Economic Development Authority
• Iowa Department of Transportation
• Iowa Department of Public Health
• Iowa Gambling Treatment Program
• Iowa Department of Agriculture