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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. 

FY20 application deadline is February 20, 2020 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.

How do I...

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.  Established in 2011, the program has assisted 115 communities, diverted over 46,000 tons of materials and saved over $1.5 million in landfill disposal costs.

Apply to the Program

  • 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
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.