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Sunday, February 11, 2024


Funding for Exterior Home Improvement Projects:

City of Des Moines’ Block Challenge Grant Program


The Block Challenge Grant Program brings neighbors together to build community and neighborhood identity while improving the physical appearance of Des Moines' neighborhoods. Since 2021, the Block Challenge Grant Program has awarded $1.1 million in matching funds to 610 households completing exterior home improvement projects. Program participants and the City of Des Moines have made a collective $4 million impact in neighborhood improvements.

Examples of eligible projects are driveway or sidewalk repair, front window replacement, shutters, front doors, painting, exterior lighting, front yard landscaping, and others. See details in the link below.

The City of Des Moines will provide up to a 50% matching grant of up to $2,500 per household depending on team size and location within the City. Households that receive income-based assistance may be eligible for a higher match.


It’s time to form your neighborhood team! The next grant cycle opens May 1, 2024.


Visit to review eligibility requirements, process overview, policies and procedures, and frequently asked questions.

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