Challenge Grant

We are now accepting applications for the local contest for the Challenge Grant! The Main Street Centerville Design Committee will review all local applications & select one to put forth to the state contest. Local applications are due by July 8th at 4:30pm

Challenge Grant Main Street Iowa Flyer

Important Dates for the 2024 Challenge Grant Process

  • Local Contest Application released – May 7th
  • State Contest Application released – June 24th
  • Local Contest Application due – July 8th
  • Local Winner selected – July 10th
  • State Contest Application due – September 6th
  • State Contest Award Announcement – November 7th

About the Challenge Grant

Each year, Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority announces the availability of Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant funding. This funding is provided from a state appropriation for the Main Street Iowa Program to assist with improving the physical and economic health of the designated Main Street districts.  This state appropriation will allow Main Street Iowa to offer matching Challenge Grants to participating communities for vertical infrastructure projects.

All Iowa Main Street districts, including Main Street Centerville, are eligible to apply for the Main Street Challenge Grant funds.  Main Street Centerville  may apply on behalf of ONE project.  Eligible projects must be within our district boundary. State awards will be dispersed to chosen beneficiaries by the local Main Street Centerville organization.  If interested in learning more and applying for this grant opportunity, please contact the Main Street Centerville team by emailing or by calling 641-437-4102.

Past Challenge Grant Recipients

Challenge Grant Recipient A West Side of the Square Story

2023 – A West Side (of the Square) Story

Recipient(s): Cheryl & Zach Finch

Property Address: 306 N 12th Street

Award: $100,000

Project Description: Zach and Cheryl Finch, Centerville boomerangs, have plans to restorethe entire property. Project includes improvements to the front facade, first story commercial space and second story residential unit.

Challenge Grant Recipient Hope 4 Howell

2021 – Hope 4 Howell

Recipients: Carol & Mike Belloma

Award: $100,000

Challenge Grant Recipient - Good News Read All About It

2020 – Good News Read All About It

Recipient(s): Jeff Burns

Property Address: 201 N 13th Street

Award: $32,000

Project Description: Facade Rehabilitation

Challenge Grant Recipient Putting Back The Ritz

2019 – Putting Back The Ritz

Recipient(s): The Ritz Theater

Property Address: 119 E Van Buren Street

Award: $75,000

Project Description: Building Stabilization

Challenge Grant Construction Images

To check out other funding opportunities, check out our Grants & Funding page.

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