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IEDA Community Catalyst Grant
September 12, 2018

Through the Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) will provide grants to communities for the redevelopment, rehabilitation or deconstruction of buildings to stimulate economic growth or reinvestment in the community. Strong applications will show the potential of catalytic economic growth in the community; improve appearances and safety; make use of underutilized property, exhibit appropriate design standards; and be well-funded. Economic growth may include the creation of additional jobs, growth of new or existing businesses, development of new housing units, increase property values or potential population growth. A mandatory pre-application process will precede the official grant application. A city, the eligible applicant, must apply and provide financial and/or in-kind resources. A portion of funds will be awarded to cities with populations under 1,500. Funds will be available for the rehabilitation of one commercial building per community or two adjacent buildings with the same ownership, as well as a limited number of planning grants.

Five regional application workshops will include deadlines for pre-applications and the formal application process. Register today to attend one of the following workshops:

October 2, 2018

Storm Lake 4-6:00 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers (2nd Floor) — 620 Erie St.

Pre-registration is requested by selecting the location and time that work best for your schedule. Register today.

Questions may be directed to Jim Thompson, 515.348.6183 or email

See link below on the Iowa Economic Development Authority Website for more information on The Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program.

NOTICE: Iowa Homeland Security FEMA Disaster Funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
August 29, 2018

The State of Iowa will receive FEMA disaster funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) as part of Presidential disaster declaration DR-4386-IA (June 6-July 2, 2018) as a result of severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred in our State this summer. The State is making available HMGP funds for those eligible hazard mitigation project types that will reduce or eliminate losses from future natural disasters, including but not limited to: 

  • Construction of tornado safe rooms (Multi-functional community or school safe room projects are highly encouraged)
  • Acquisition, structural relocation or elevation of buildings located in a special flood hazard area
  • Structural and non-structural retrofitting of existing public buildings, facilities, or utilities to protect against wind, ice, or flood hazards
  • Minor structural hazard control or protection projects such as storm water management (e.g., culverts, floodgates, retention basins)
  • Localized flood control projects, such as floodwall systems designed specifically to protect critical facilities
  • Development of multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plans and plan updates 


Estimated Statewide Funding Amount: $3,253,427

This is a cost share grant program which means that awarded grants will be funded as follows:

  • Federal (FEMA) share of total eligible costs  – 75% maximum
  • Non Federal State share of total eligible costs – 10% (typical)
  • Non Federal LOCAL share of total eligible costs – 15% (typical, but could be up to 25% if no State share)


Eligible applicants include 1) State and local governments; 2) Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, including State-recognized Indian tribes, and authorized tribal organizations; or 3) Private nonprofit organizations or institutions defined in Section 206.221(e) of the 44 Code of Federal Regulations.


The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires a FEMA approved local hazard mitigation plan prior to FEMA awarding HMGP project funds. Funding will be limited to sub-applicants with an approved local hazard mitigation plan at time of award. Applicants must complete the appropriate (project specific) NOI form located in the EMGrantsPro grants management system. The NOI forms can be found using the following link:’s will be accepted on a continuous basis or until otherwise notified.


For additional information or questions, feel free to contact:


Dan Schmitz – Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer:                     515-725-9369

Matt Noble - Planning:                                                                          515-725-9404

Jonathan Pogones - Acquisition/Relocation:                                        515-725-9384

Terry Brown – Acquisitions/Relocation                                               515-725-9371

Leon Freeman–Electric Utilities/Safe Room:                                       515-725-9378

Carol Tomb – Infrastructure                                                                  515-725-9305


New Service Offered from NWIPDC
September 10, 2012

The NW Planning and Development Commission are offering a new service of zoning administration to the participating entities in the region. Please refer to Zoning Administration Services under the Services and Programs section for more information.


If you have any questions, please call Steve Hallgren, Planning Director or any of the NWIPDC Planning staff at 712-262-7225 for assistance.