French- Reneker Assists with Successful Funding Applications

funding-model-portraitCommunity Development Block Grants were recently awarded to the cities of Blakesburg, Bloomfield, Bonaparte, Keosauqua, and Keota for improvements to their water and sewer systems. French-Reneker-Associates assisted these communities with their successful funding applications.

These grants totaling $1,952,000 leverage an additional $2,087,100 of local funds enabling over $4,000,000 of improvements to their infrastructure. French-Reneker’s work began with the preparation of preliminary engineering reports for each community and then assistance was provided to the communities to complete funding applications.

Awards totaling $23.8 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds were recently announced for 70 communities across the state. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded the CDBG funds to support 72 community investment projects. The federally funded grants were awarded for community facilities, infrastructure improvements, downtown revitalization, and single family owner-occupied housing rehabilitation.

These funds enable communities to make needed 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 their downtowns.

IEDA received 136 applications for these funds, totaling $44.9 million in funding requests. The grants are awarded based on benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, slum and blight elimination, financial need, project impact and readiness, and commitment of local resources to the project.

The CDBG 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. Applications are solicited annually, usually during the fall.

French-Reneker-Associates can assist communities with the required preliminary engineering reports, planning, and can work with a community’s grant writer to seek these funds for sewer and water system improvements. If you have interest in this program give us a call or email to