Applications for the next round of funding for the 2019 Derelict Building Grant Program will be accepted through Feb. 21 at 4 p.m.

The grant program was instituted by state legislation to help rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less to deconstruct or renovate abandoned commercial and public structures.

The program 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 environmental services.

Funding is awarded annually on a competitive basis. For more information and an application, contact Scott Flagg at 515-725-8318 or Scott.Flagg@dnr.iowa.gov.