Summary of NIACOG Services

Commonly Referred Funding Programs to Member Governments

I. Programs Originated by State and Federal Agencies

    A. Economic Development
        1. Programs available through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)
           (a) Economic Development Set-Aside (EDSA)
           (b) Public Facilities Set-Aside (PFSA)
           (c) High Quality Jobs Program (HQ)
           (d) Small Towns and Rural Strategies (STARS)
           (e) Career Link
        2. Intermediate Relending Program (IRP) through U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Rural Development (USDA-RD)
        3. Iowa New Jobs Training Program (HF 623 and Iowa Jobs) through Iowa’s Community Colleges
        4. Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) through the Iowa Department of Transportation
        5. Rail Economic Development Program through the Iowa Department of Transportation
        6. Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
        7. Tax Abatement (TA)
        8. Community Cultural Grant through the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
        9. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)
        10. Small Business Administration LODOC Loan Guarantee Program
        11. USDA-RD Loan Guarantee Program
        12. USDA Loan Program to Electrical Cooperatives to Construct Industrial Buildings

    B. Community Development
        1. Programs available through the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED)
            a) Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
               (1) Community Facilities Fund
               (2) Water and Sewer Fund
            b) Downtown Revitalization Fund    
            d) Vision Iowa
               (1) Community Attraction and Tourism fund (CAT)
               (2) River Enhancement Community Attraction and Tourism Fund (RECAT)
            e) Main Street Iowa

        2. Programs available through U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (USDA-RD)
            a) Community Facilities Loans
            b) Water and Waste Systems for Rural Communities
            c) Community Program Guaranteed Loan
        3. Programs available through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
            a) State Revolving Fund (SRF)
               (1) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)
               (2) Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)
        4. Programs available through the State Historical Society of Iowa
            a) Historic Resource Development Program (HRDP)
            b) National Register of Historic Places

    C. Housing
        1. Housing Fund Programs through the Iowa Department of Economic Development
            a) Housing Fund Program
            b) Emergency Shelter Grants Program (ESGP)
        2. Tax Increment Financing through local governments
        3. Tax abatement through local governments
        4. USDA-RD
            a) Housing Loan Funds
        5. Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
        6. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
            a) Mortgage Insurance
            b) Public Housing
        7. Department of Veterans Affairs
        8. Iowa Finance Authority
            a) First Time Home Buyer Program
            b) Mortgage Credit Certificate Program
            c) Low Income Tax Credit
            d) Title Guaranty Division
        9. NIACOG’s Downpayment Assistance Program

    D. Transportation
       1. Programs available through the Fixing America's Surface and Transportation Act (FAST)
           a) Surface Transportation Program
           b) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
           c) State Transportation Alternatives Program
           d) Iowa’s Clean Air Attainment Program (CMAQ)
       2. Programs available through the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT)
           a) Recreational Trails Program (DOT Trails)
           b) Public Transportation (Transit)

    E. Environment
       1. Programs available through the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT)
           a) Recreational Trails Program (DOT Trails)
       2. Programs available through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
           a) Landfill Alternatives Financial Assistance
           b) Resource Enhancement And Protection (REAP)
           c) Land and Water Conservation Fund (LAWCON)


II. Programs Administered through NIACOG

    A. Emergency Preparedness
        1. Region 2 - Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
        2. Region 2 - North Central Regional Emergency Response Commission
        3. Region 2 - Hazardous Materials Response Team
        4. Hazard Mitigation Planning

    B. Housing
        1. Housing Rehabilitation
        2. Tax Abatement (TA) and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) planning and implementation
        3. NIACOG’s Home Buyer Assistance Revolving Loan Fund

    C. Safety
        1. North Iowa Safety Coalition (NoRISC)

    E. Transit
        1. Regional Transit Authority (RTA)

    F. Census
        1. State Data Center Affiliate for the Census Bureau

    G. Codification
        1. Updating of existing municipal codes

    H. Traditional Planning
        1. Long and short-range planning
        2. Ordinance preparation
        3. Application preparation
        4. Grant administration
        5. Issue consultation
        6. Other similar issues