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Rural Housing Assessment Grant Program

Empower Rural Iowa

Helping Rural Communities with Housing Development

The Rural Housing Assessment Grant program supports the use of publicly available, online information and rural community efforts to interpret publicly available hard data to implement changes through development codes, local ordinances, and housing incentives specific to individual community needs.

Watch the Grant Informational Recording Here

In partnership with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach’s Rural Housing Readiness Assessment workshops, program funding will empower communities to assess the current development environment and enact changes resulting in the creation of policies and procedures attractive to potential developers.

The program is administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) Center for Rural Revitalization in consultation with the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative Task Forces and ISU Extension and Outreach.

Funding is based on annual availability. Grant amounts are $10,000 with a cash match of $5,000.

  • Local city and county governments, or federally recognized tribal governments physically located in Iowa.
  • Projects/programs must exist in and benefit a community in Iowa with a population of 20,000 or fewer and not contiguous to a city with a population of 40,000 or greater. If a countywide project, must be in one of the 88 least populous counties.
  • Application for funding will be released in July 2024.  
For more information, contact:

Center for Rural Revitalization Team