This information comes from the Iowa Department of Economic Development and the Rebuild Iowa Office:
Applications for the Iowa Smart Planning: Local Comprehensive Planning Grant Program are now available through the Rebuild Iowa Office and Iowa Department of Economic Development.
Eligible applicants include any of the 85 counties that were presidentially declared disaster areas as a result of the storms of 2008, as well as any city government within those counties. Up to $50,000 per participating governmental entity may be requested. Applicants must provide a one-to-one match. Multi-jurisdictional plans are encouraged.
These grants are intended to support development and adoption of forward-thinking comprehensive plans that will guide long-term recovery efforts and subsequent decisions that reduce existing or future development in flood-risk areas. Application guidelines, as well as the application form, can be found at http://www.rio.iowa.gov/smart_planning/index.html. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.
The Rebuild Iowa Office is coordinating the program’s application process and the Iowa Department of Economic Development is administering the contracting and reimbursement process.
The program is based on the Iowa Smart Planning Principles and local comprehensive planning guidance contained in Senate File 2389, which was signed into law on April 26. Smart Planning is meant to improve community resiliency following the storms of 2008 in ways that increase economic opportunity, protect environmental resources, and improve quality of life.
The $1 million program is funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds provided to Iowa from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in response to the catastrophic storms and floods of 2008.