July 2020 Newsletter
Build With Bags 2020 Awards
Build with Bags
The Build with Bags program is a cooperative effort of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association and Keep Iowa Beautiful. The cornerstone of Build with Bags is a grant program, which is administered and funded by the Iowa Grocery Industry Association and provides funds for the purchase of recycled plastic playground equipment, benches and tables, and more. 

The grant program is available to any governmental entity or organization (i.e. service clubs, non-profit organizations) within Iowa that purchase the items for a park or school. The items must be made of recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic (the base material for making plastic shopping bags). Those receiving grant awards must acquire the items and then show proof of purchase and payment before receiving reimbursement of the award.
Congrats to the 2020 winners!
  • Briar Cliff University
  • City of Afton
  • City of Havelock's Hometown Pride
  • City of Pocahontas
  • Low Moor Hometown Pride
  • Rolfe Hometown Pride Committee
  • Sac City Hometown Pride Committee
  • William Penn University
For more information and grant application process go to:
Pride In Community Appearance - PICA
Have you heard of  Pride In Community Appearance - PICA

Every Tuesday and Thursday volunteers come together to make positive improvements in the Fort Dodge community. This is their 19th year doing this work and have committed over 44,000 hours of service. AMAZING! 

Be sure to follow them on Facebook to see the wonderful work they are doing in their community.
DNR Derelict Building Grant Program awards funding to 12 rural Iowa communities
The following projects will receive a combined total of up to $403,071.50 as reimbursement grants:
  • City of Cambridge — $13,477.50 for renovation of an opera house to add housing units and commercial space.
  • City of Clarion - $63,923 for deconstruction. Following deconstruction activities, the city will create a downtown pocket park using bricks from the former building. The park will be used for informal gathering and for outdoor movies, music events and other arts entertainment.
  • City of Dedham - $58,786 to abate asbestos and deconstruct an old grocery store. The city plans to develop a green space and pocket park as a central location where people may gather near downtown businesses.
  • City of Essex - $15,558 to inspect and abate asbestos and complete a phase 1 environmental site assessment and structural engineering analysis for an old church.
  • City of Humboldt - $14,300 for asbestos abatement on the former post office. The site will be used for commercial sales expansion.
  • City of Lake City - $5,000 for asbestos abatement of an old automobile dealership.
  • City of Mallard - $18,115 for asbestos abatement and deconstruction of a grocery store. New site will be used as an accessible parking lot, improving access to downtown businesses for all residents.
  • City of Manson - $34,975 for asbestos abatement and renovations of an old retail clothing store. Renovated structure will be used for commercial space.
  • City of Mediapolis - $63,750 for deconstruction of old grain elevator. Site will be cleaned, backfilled and readied to market for commercial or light manufacturing use.
  • City of Monticello - $60,000 asbestos abatement and renovation. Future plans include either maintaining ownership to turn into an extension of the Dubuque Innovation Lab with residential rentals on the second floor or offering the building for sale with commercial/office space on the main floor and residential rentals on the second floor.
  • City of Oxford Junction - $30,000 for renovation of an old masonry building. The city plans to offer the structure for sale with commercial space on the main level and residential rentals on the second floor.
  • City of Rockwell City - $25,187 for renovation of a 1920 building. The city will offer the property for retail/commercial use on the main floor and residential rentals on the second floor. 
For more information about the grant program, application forms and resources, visit
We love what's happening in Warren County! Submit your own banner at  warrencountyhometown.com .
Local organizations in Warren County created banners to celebrate the strength of their community pride, even in the face of challenging times. Check out some some of the great banners that were made!
Warren County Strong
Thanks to all the Hometown Pride Communities and other community organizations that have participated.  Warren County Hometown Pride Carlisle Hometown Pride Norwalk Hometown Pride Cumming Hometown Pride Indianola Hometown Pride , and more!
Beautification Spotlight:
Carlisle Hometown Pride
Carlisle Hometown Pride spent a few days in June painting a trail/sidewalk in town. Follow them on Facebook to see what else they're doing in the community.
Carlisle HTP
You Can Help Reduce Litter in Iowa
When you see litter happening on Iowa’s roadways, call 1-888-NOLITTR (1-888-665-4887) to report littering from a vehicle. Reported offenders will receive a warning letter from Keep Iowa Beautiful drawing attention to their offense. Send the message that people like you are watching.
Social Media Submissions
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Are you proud of a completed project in your town? Do you want to show off a new mural in your downtown? Did you host a fun, exciting event for your community? We want to know about it!

Click on the button below to share short descriptions of events, projects, or news from your town! You can include pictures and captions as well. Keep Iowa Beautiful will share your post on our social media!
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Donations will help KIB's efforts to support our community. Any amount is valued and appreciated. 

Donations can be made online or checks can be mailed to our office:
Keep Iowa Beautiful
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