Monona County was in the spotlight in early April when two of our communities were awarded a highly competitive grant by Governor Reynolds at the Rural Iowa Development Summit.
The Community Catalyst Building Remediation (CCBR) Grant was created to help rural Iowa communities with Main Street building rehab. Applying for the state-funded grant wasn’t as simple as finding just any “at-risk” building. Many criteria had to be met in order for the project to qualify as “Catalytic.”
The building needed to be unused for more than 6 months and located on a Main Street. Plans for the building project needed to include: New Housing and Commercial Space. The matching-grant had to be applied for by the city on behalf of both the city and the building owner. For more information about this program, click here.
The City of Mapleton had applied for the grant in 2017, and received a small amount to put toward further planning for a city-owned building in 2018. The city was encouraged by both Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) and Monona County Economic Development (MCEDP) to re-apply for the grant in 2018. In 2019, the City of Mapleton was awarded the full grant for $100,000.
In 2018, The City of Onawa’s Economic Development department notified all Main Street building owners of the potential grant. They received interest from a building owner that met all of the criteria. The city, in partnership with the building owner, applied for the grant and received the full $100,000 in 2019.
The Mapleton building is located on the corner of 4th and Main in Downtown Mapleton. The Onawa building is located at the South East end of Onawa’s Downtown district (801 Iowa Ave).
“This is a big win for our county. When two of our communities are recognized on the same day at the state level, it shines a positive light on our county and the western part of Iowa. We would like to thank Iowa Economic Development Authority and Governor Reynolds for recognizing Rural Iowa and providing this opportunity. As long as these funds continue to be available, we will continue applying.” says Executive Director of MCEDP, Jess Carrier.
If you are a Monona County downtown building owner, please contact MCEDP today to discuss your catalytic plans for transforming your space. We, along with your city, will work to help you apply for this grant, should the funds be available for 2020. 712-433-4493 or firstname.lastname@example.org