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Mini Grants


This $330,000 annual program provides local jurisdictions with technical and financial assistance to support local governments in their efforts to create livable communities and support the Heartland 2050 vision.

The Heartland 2050 Mini-Grant Program is administered as a set-aside of MAPA’s Regional Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program funding. Approximately $330,000 of STBG-MAPA funding will be allocated to planning and implementation of projects related to transportation as part of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Communities in Douglas, Sarpy, and the urbanized portion of Pottawattamie County will be eligible to submit applications for this mini-grant opportunity. Eligible project types identified by Heartland 2050 Implementation Committees included corridor studies and other community plans and policies that support compact development and transportation options for residents of the Heartland 2050 region.

A call for projects is usually announced in October, with applications due in early January. Please see the MAPA website for the latest project information and timelines.

The Heartland 2050 Vision focuses on six goals to improve our quality of life and create a long-term vision in harmony with our people, places and resources:

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Health and Safety
  • Housing and Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Natural Resource

Heartland 2050’s Guiding Principles create overarching themes used to guide the vision goals, and strategies and actions included in the Heartland 2050 Action Plan:

  • Equity
  • Inclusivity
  • Efficiency
  • Local Control/Regional Benefit