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Funding Construction in Urban Areas and Utilizing Grants


What is CDBG Funding?

The Community Development Block (CDBG) Program provides annual grants to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities. The program empowers people and communities to design and implement strategies and projects tailored to their needs and priorities. 

Is my community eligible?

Eligibility for participation is based on population data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and metropolitan area delineations published by the Office of Management and Budget. Eligible grantees include:

  • Principal cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)
  • Other metropolitan cities with populations of at least 50,000
  • Qualified urban counties with populations of at least 200,000 (excluding the population of entitled cities)
  • States and insular areas

What are some examples of projects that would qualify for CDBG funding?

Great question! Projects that Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. has been a part of that were granted CDBG funding include:

  • Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation & Improvements
  • Stormwater & Drainage System Improvements 
  • Drinking Water Wells
  • Water Main Replacements
  • Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements 
  • Water Meter Upgrades 
  • Inflow/Infiltration Reduction 
  • Sanitary Sewer Separation
  • Water Treatment Plant Improvements & Upgrades

How much experience does V&K have with the CDBG Program?

Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. has worked extensively with the Iowa Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program since the current program started in 1987. Being an Iowa-based consultant, most of our work is for Iowa communities. We are actively involved in working with the staff in IEDA responsible for the Community Development Block Grant program.

Our firm carefully monitors the trends and focus of the CDBG program, especially in recent years, as the competition for grants has become more intense.  

Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. can assist the grant writer in providing language and explanations of the project designed to enhance the point-scoring ability of the grant application. Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. understands that many projects may be critical to individual communities. Often the success in obtaining a grant is how well the project and its need are outlined in the grant application. Our ongoing work with CDBG staff, councils of governments, and grant writers in Iowa allows us to assist our clients in maximizing their potential to obtain a CDBG grant.  

Since the CDBG’s inauguration in 1987, Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. has participated in over 100 CDBG-funded projects across Iowa. 

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