Block Grant Challenge


The City of Des Moines is partnering with Invest DSM to pilot a citywide Block Challenge Grant Program. Starting July 1, the City in partnership with Invest DSM will accept applications from neighborhood teams wanting to make exterior home improvements of all sizes, from a new mailbox to an addition or a new garage.

Grant Funding

Funding is available to assist between 100-150 program participants or 10-30 teams. The City of Des Moines will provide up to a 50% matching grant of up to $2,500 per project depending on team size and location within the City.


To be eligible, a team should designate a lead and submit a group application. The application should have attached the individual scopes of work for each program participant with contractor bids. Finally, before and after photos of the project will also be required.

At least one team member must participate in an informational session. Please see below for upcoming informational sessions. All will be virtual until further notice:


Applications will be accepted from July 1 through September 30. If you would like to apply, please check back here for application details in July.