MNR’s Abandoned Buildings Grant Program provides grants to rural communities

DES MOINES — DNR’s Abandoned Buildings Grant Program awarded seven grants to six small, rural communities in Iowa to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures, remove asbestos and limit construction and demolition materials going to the landfill.

The DNR Abandoned Buildings Grant Program was established by law to help rural communities of 5,000 or fewer people eliminate environmental hazards, improve community appearance and minimize costs by recycling and reusing building materials through the deconstruction or renovation of derelict and derelict buildings.

DBGP funding is awarded annually on a competitive basis with cash matching required. Applications for the next funding cycle will be due on February 24, 2023.

The following projects will receive a total of $400,000 in repayment grants:

Town of Carson, Pottawattamie County – $69,891 to remove asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building at 119 Broadway Street. The city plans to redevelop the space into a new daycare center.

Town of Carson, Pottawattamie County — $66,884 to remove asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building at 121 Broadway Street. The city plans to redevelop the space into a new daycare center.

Town of Corydon, Wayne County — $43,200 to remove asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building. The city plans to redevelop the space into a pocket park for citizens to enjoy.

Town of Griswold, County of Cass — $94,625 to remove asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building. The City plans to redevelop the space into a new daycare.

City of Hopkinton, Delaware County — $22,225 to remove asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building. The city plans to redevelop the space into a new medical clinic.

Town of Mapleton, Monona County – $22,900 to remove asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building. The city plans to have new space for commercial redevelopment.

City of Sac City, Sac County — $80,275 to remove asbestos and deconstruct an old commercial building. The city plans to develop the area into a trailhead and green space for the Farmer’s Market.

For more information about the grant program, application forms, and resources, visit: www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/Land Stewardship/Waste Management/DerelictBuildingProgram.aspx.

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