Sustainable Dubuque

Changes to Sustainable Dubuque Community Grant Program Prioritize Equity, Food and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Cori Burbach
Assistant City Manager

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Dubuque City Council recently approved changes to the Sustainable Dubuque Community Grant program which aim to increase the impact of the grant program on community resiliency.

The grant program, created in 2013, was created to catalyze community leaders in the Sustainable Dubuque initiative.  Grants of up to $2,500 are available to any residents, non-profits or businesses who propose a project that addresses at least one of the twelve sustainability principles and includes an element of community engagement or education in their project.

The Resilient Community Advisory Commission recently reviewed the grant criteria and made recommendations for changes they believe will make the grants more effective in implementing City Council goals.  The Commission also reviewed opportunities identified in the STAR Community rating system and public recommendations collected through the Imagine Dubuque comprehensive plan input process to design changes.

The updated grant application, which can be found at, includes questions related to impact on equity in the community.  The scoring matrix also adds preference points for projects that increase the social capital of neighborhoods; increase access to healthy local foods, especially in Dubuque’s food deserts; and/or help meet the 50% by 2030 Community Climate Action & Resiliency Plan.

Grant applications are reviewed twice per year, with an upcoming deadline of Sunday, April 1, 2018.  Two workshops will be held for residents and organizations interested in learning about the new requirements and/or receiving feedback about potential grant application ideas.  The 45-minute workshops will be held at 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in the America Trust Program Room on the first floor of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library.

For more information, contact City of Dubuque Assistant City Manager Cori Burbach at 563-589-4110 or

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