The next round of funding for the 2018 Derelict Building Grant Program is open for applications. Requests to help deal with old commercial buildings or public structures can be submitted by communities until April 4th. The program helps small communities, or those with populations of less than $5,000, to deconstruct or renovate buildings that the community owns.

The program was established in 2011 by the Iowa Legislature. Since its creation, the program has helped over 100 communities with deserted buildings to improve the street appearance of these towns and aid in commercial redevelopment of areas. The program focuses on reuse and recycling of building items. The program has diverted over 45,000 tons of materials that saved over $1.5 million in landfill costs.

Funding is awarded annually on a competitive basis. Communities are chosen by a committee made up of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations, Iowa Recycling Association, Iowa Economic Development Authority, and Keep Iowa Beautiful. Financial assistance can include building deconstruction and renovation, removal of asbestos, and other environmental services.

For additional information on the grants and to obtain an application, contact Scott Flagg at 515-725-8318 or