Newton Downtown Improvement Grant

The City of Newton recently approved a façade improvement grant for buildings in the Newton Main Street District.

Eligible projects include: sign or sign removal (up to $750), non-historic façade removal ($2,000), façade rehabilitation ($5,000), painting or paint removal ($1,500), awning or awning removal ($2,500) and architectural fees (7.5% of total project costs, up to $3,750).

Building owners are eligible for multiple awards, for example, one for painting and one for signage. The grant requires a 1:1 match from building owners.

A Design Review Board appointed by the mayor will review applications, with final approval by City Council. Projects must be historically appropriate and meet the design guidelines found here:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Newton Main Street early in the planning stages and to set up a consultation with Main Street Iowa design specialists (this is a free service) before submitting the application. To contact Newton Main Street, please call 641-792-5545 or email