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Iowa Public Works Service Bureau

Funding Opportunities

Below are resources cities can use for funding sources. If you have any resources you’d like to see added to this list, please let us know.

Living Roadway Trust Fund Grant Program – Accepting applications for FY 2025

The Iowa Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for funding though the Iowa Living Roadway Trust Fund (LRTF). Cities, counties and organizations with a statewide focus may apply for the funds designed to enhance vegetation on Iowa’s roadsides.

Applications for fiscal year 2025 funding are due by 4 p.m. June 1, 2024. The LRTF’s funding guidelines and requirements are updated for each fiscal year’s grants and detail what grants can be written for and the specific match requirements for each type.

These projects serve to educate the public about the need to ensure that roadside vegetation is preserved, planted, and maintained, which adds to the safety, ecological integration and visual interest of Iowa’s roads.

Established by the Iowa Legislature in 1988 under Iowa Code 314.21, the LRTF is administered by the Iowa DOT with funding sources that include the Resource Enhancement and Protection Fund, the Road Use Tax Fund, and utility access fees. Since 1990, the LRTF has funded more than $22 million for research and demonstration projects, vegetation inventories, education and training programs, gateway landscaping, snow and erosion control, and roadside enhancement and maintenance.

Please visit the Iowa Living Roadway Trust Fund website at https://iowadot.gov/lrtf/Grants to find out more and contact staff with questions regarding the completion of the application materials or grant eligibility.

Contact: Tara Van Waus at tara.vanwaus@iowadot.us

“How to Apply” Webinar on the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Opportunity

Starting this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation will host three informational webinars on the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary grant program. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity is now live and open for applications. The FY24 SS4A NOFO has multiple application deadlines depending on the grant type. 

Planning and Demonstration Grant applicants have three deadlines:  

  • Thursday, April 4, 2024, 5:00 PM (ET) 
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024, 5:00 PM (ET) 
  • Thursday, August 29, 2024, 5:00 PM (ET)  

Implementation Grant applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM (ET) on Thursday, May 16, 2024. These informational webinars will provide a general overview of the SS4A program and the grant application process, centered around individual emphasis areas. Prospective SS4A applicants are encouraged to attend.

Click here for more information on the webinars.

EPA Technical Assistance Program and Competitive Grant Opportunity

  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grant program (Community Change Grants) is accepting applications for $2 billion in grants to fund community-driven projects that address climate challenges and reduce pollution while strengthening communities through thoughtful implementation. This historic level of support will enable communities and their partners to overcome longstanding environmental challenges and implement meaningful solutions to meet community needs now and for generations to come. There will be two tracks of funding under this opportunity. Track I will fund approximately 150 large, transformational community-driven investment grants of $10 million – $20 million. Track II will fund approximately 20 meaningful engagement grants of $1 million – $3 million. Review the NOFO for further information about the opportunities under the Community Change Grants program and details about the application process. The NOFO is open for one year and will close on November 21, 2024, with the EPA reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Click here to learn more about environmental justice at EPA.
  • EPA’s Community Change Equitable Resilience Technical Assistance Program consists of free design and project development assistance, community engagement, and partnership development workshops, with the intent to help eligible entities apply for the Community Change Grants. Eligible projects for this technical assistance must be in a disaster-prone area and benefit a disadvantaged community. Climate resilience projects must have a direct community benefit and could include retrofits to community-serving buildings; design or redesign of public parks, open space, and waterways; redesign of streets; or other projects that address climate resilience and environmental justice. Proposed projects should address climate change impacts such as extreme heat and more intense heat islands, wildfire and wildfire smoke, floods, storms, or other impacts that pose a greater risk to disadvantaged communities. EPA intends to offer this technical assistance to up to 50 recipients nationwide and will accept requests on a rolling basis until 50 recipients have been identified. Contact equitableresilience@epa.gov with questions.

State Recreational Trails Program (SRT) Funding Opportunity

A final legislative appropriation for the State Recreational Trails (SRT) program for State Fiscal Year 2025 (SFY 2025) has not yet been determined by the Iowa Legislature. Pending legislation appropriates $2.5 million this year.  In anticipation of an appropriation for the program, this message provides notice that the Iowa DOT will accept project applications for SFY 2025 according to the existing July 1, 2024, application deadline. Interested applicants are encouraged to begin working on funding applications in preparation for this deadline.

Please contact Scott Flagg, State Recreational Trails Program Manager, at scott.flagg@iowadot.us or 515-239-1252, if you have any questions. Application materials are available on the program website at iowadot.gov) https://iowadot.gov/systems_planning/Grant-Programs/-Federal-and-State-Recreational-Trails

Upcoming USDOT Funding Resources and Opportunities

The USDOT Discretionary Grants Dashboard provides communities with an overview of discretionary grant opportunities that can help meet their transportation infrastructure needs. The Dashboard also includes Federal grant programs outside of DOT that may be of particular interest to rural communities. The below list spotlights just a few of the currently open funding opportunities – visit the Grants Dashboard to find more or check out the calendar of open and upcoming grant opportunities!

Funding through the Iowa DOT

  • The Iowa DOT has a wonderful resource full of information regarding state and federal programs providing transportation funding to local governments and other entities. Click here to explore the Iowa DOT’s Funding Guide.
  • The Iowa DOT, Modal Transportation Bureau would like to remind cities and counties of the beneficial cost-sharing rail programs available for the repair of at-grade crossing surfaces and upgrading active warning devices at railroad crossings.
  • The Local Systems Bureau of the Iowa DOT has developed a website dealing with information describing the various programs within the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).  The IIJA provides federal funding for bridges, streets, and other projects.  The link is: https://iowadot.gov/local_systems/IIJA-Information.  The website also provides guidance on the use of SWAP funds and the processes to undertake as the SWAP program evolves and federally funded projects are developed.

Federal Funding

Other Sources and Resources