Recovery Assistance for communities

Resources for state and local governments and community organizations.

Grant programs

Federal Public Assistance Program Map

Federal Public Assistance Program

Under the Federal Public Assistance Program, FEMA awards grants to assist state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.

Hazard Mitigation

The governor also received notification that the Presidential Disaster Declaration includes funding to conduct hazard mitigation activities for the entire state. With this funding, Iowa will be able to minimize the impact of future disasters by taking steps to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards. Grants are available to assist state and local governments.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Opportunities & Imminent Threat

A portion of the state's CDBG allocation is reserved for communities facing an imminent threat, creating a health and safety issue. Grant funds can be used for certain recovery activities, including infrastructure projects. Please note only local governments (cities are and counties) are eligible CDBG applicants.

State Revolving Fund

The State Revolving Fund (SRF) may be able to help public drinking water or wastewater systems impacted by a natural disaster. If your community is facing repairs to its systems or concerned with repaying a SRF loan, please contact us to discuss possible assistance.

Health and safety

Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team

An Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT) is a trained team of volunteers who can mobilize resources to provide post-disaster mental health services statewide.Local authorities may request DBHRT assistance in order to meet the behavioral health needs of communities in crisis by contacting the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Duty Officer. The duty officer is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 515-725-3231.


Find volunteers for your community

Volunteer Iowa hosts an online database of individuals willing to volunteer during times of disaster. When requested through Emergency Managers, Volunteer Iowa has the ability to deploy AmeriCorps members to provide disaster response assistance. Volunteer Iowa helps provide training and support on spontaneous volunteer management to local communities so they have an adequate plan and ability to maximize utilization of volunteers during and after a disaster.

  • To find out more, contact Volunteer Iowa at
  • Call 515-348-6235