Governor Kim Reynolds issued a Disaster Proclamation on June 29th for Fayette and Van Buren counties in response to a severe storm system starting June 20. This activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program (IIAG) for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program.

Consequently, Sieda Community Action is accepting applications for the (IIAG) Program for Van Buren County. Low-income residents are eligible for up to $5,000 to address issues resulting from the recent storms. The grant helps households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $43,440 for a family of three.

Grants are available for:

  • Home or Car Repairs
  • Replacement of Clothing or Food
  • Temporary Housing Expenses

Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

In addition, Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury, or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice, and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit

To begin the application process, contact Sieda Community Action in Van Buren County at 641-664-1911 or 1-800-622-8340.