Derelict Building Grant Program

The Derelict Building Program is available for Iowa towns of 5,000 or fewer residents’  to address neglected commercial or public structures that have sat vacant for at least 6 months. 

FY23 application deadline is Friday, February 24, 2023 for applicants who are seeking funding assistance with conducting asbestos inspections, asbestos abatement, structural engineering analysis, phase I and phase II site assessments, building deconstruction and building renovation expenses.

1 - Apply to the Program

The Program’s main focus is landfill diversion through the recycling and reuse of building materials and the elimination of hazards both inside and out posed by these empty structures.  Since the establishment of the program  in 2011 through 2022, the program has assisted 123 communities with 169 projects, diverting over 77,106 tons of materials and saved over $2.9 million in landfill disposal costs.

FY23 application deadline is Friday, February 25, 2023 for applicants who are seeking funding assistance with conducting asbestos inspections, asbestos abatement, structural engineering analysis, phase I and phase II site assessments, building deconstruction and building renovation expenses.

Apply to the Program

2 - Identify C&D Diversion Markets
  • Applicants may work with local businesses, farmers, landowners, etc. to find markets for C&D materials.
  • You may also contact the Iowa Waste Exchange representative in your area, here is a link to the map to find your rep.  They may be able to assist you in finding diversion markets for building materials and there is no cost to you for their services.
  • If you’re having trouble finding a contractor the Iowa Waste Reduction Center has a list of contractors that may be of assistance
  • Another option is to contact your local Solid Waste Planning Agency, they may have options to assist you in diverting C&D materials
3 - Find a Contractor
Derelict Building Program - Completed Projects

For Full screen view, click on the ‘View Larger Map’ link located in the lower left corner below the map. 

To learn more about the symbols in the map, click on the Legend label in the top left corner of the map.

Project Details can be found on the Solid Waste Alternatives Program web application

** Choose 'Derelict Building' from the Funding Program drop down menu.  You may also choose “city” or “contract number” to find a specific project.