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State awards $2.6 million in catalyst funding to rejuvenate downtowns across Iowa

State awards $2.6 million in catalyst funding to rejuvenate downtowns across Iowa

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July 7 --The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) today announced that $2.6 million in Community Catalyst Building Remediation grants have been awarded to 26 Iowa communities.

Western Iowa cities on the list are Atlantic, Carson, Creston, Estherville, Guthrie Center, Mapleton, Perry, Rockwell City and Stanton.

The Community Catalyst program was initiated in 2018 by IEDA to help create fundamental, positive change in Iowa’s downtowns. The grants, $100,000 per community, assist with the redevelopment, remediation or rehabilitation of buildings to stimulate economic growth and reinvestment.

“Revitalization of statewide communities is particularly critical as we recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19,” said IEDA and Iowa Finance Authority Director Debi Durham. “The Community Catalyst program is not only about investing in our infrastructure, but it inspires further development and future growth for years to come.”

The Community Catalyst Building Remediation program is funded through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature. This is the third year the grants are being made available via the IEDA and continued funding is based on annual availability.

Last fall, Iowa cities approved through a pre-application process were invited to apply. IEDA received a total of 73 applications. Scoring criteria was based on project impact, appropriateness, funding/partnerships and incorporation of sustainability/smart growth principles.

Per program rules, at least 40 percent of the grants were awarded to cities with populations of less than 1,500. The grants will support local improvement projects such as façade upgrades, building rehabilitations and renovations. Cities are required to provide financial and/or in-kind resources to supplement these projects.

For more information on the Community Catalyst program, visit or contact Jim Thompson at 515.348.6183 or

See the full list of grant recipients in the PDF posted with this story.

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