The Iowa House Environmental Protection Committee heard about Iowa’s program to help rural cities and counties demolish or renovate abandoned commercial and public buildings.

Iowa has a $400,000 a year derelict building grant program that rural communities less than 5,000 can apply.  Since the Legislature established the program in 2011, the program has saved cities and counties over $622,000 by not having to send the building materials to their landfills.  Cities and counties have to put up a match, but the match can be lowered if they divert more of the materials from going into the landfill.  The moneys can be used for deconstruction, renovation, and asbestos abatement.

For more information and to find out which cities and counties have already received grants, go to www.iowadnr.gov/faba and click on the “Derelict Building Grant Program” link.