(KMAland) — The next round of funding for the 2013 Derelict Building Grants Program is open for applications through February 1st of next year.
Last year, in KMAland, Guthrie Center asked for assistance with asbestos abatement and deconstruction of a vacant commercial building to market the site for future commercial interest. The city, working with an Iowa Waste Exchange representative, was able to locate reuse markets and achieve a diversion rate of 77 percent and a landfill disposal savings of $10,710.
The the program was created by statute to help rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less to deconstruct or renovate abandoned commercial and public structures. It emphasizes reuse and recycling of building items, helps improve street appearance and commercial development, and alleviates the environmental concern these buildings can pose. Financial assistance includes asbestos removal, building deconstruction and renovation, and other inspections and site assessments. A cash match is required.
Funding is awarded annually on a competitive basis. A committee made up of representatives from the Iowa DNR, Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations, Iowa Recycling Association, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Keep Iowa Beautiful selects the projects for funding. The Environmental Protection Commission’s approval is required for all projects costing more than $25,000.
More information about the grant program, application forms, and resources are available here.