Are you looking to enhance the appearance of your home and contribute to the betterment of your neighborhood? If yes, you’ll be excited to learn that the City of Emmetsburg has introduced a new grant program to assist homeowners with exterior repairs. The new Healthy Homes program offers participating property owners a dollar-for-dollar match up to $500 on qualifying exterior improvements. For example, if $500 is spent, a $250 match will be made. If $2,000 is spent, the match is capped at $500.

Eligible improvements include air sealing insulation, ENERGY STAR certified doors and windows, exterior paint, trim, shutters, siding, soffit, fascia, flashing, ventilation, gutters, roofing, foundation repair, sidewalks, mailboxes, house plaques, exterior lighting, and ash tree removal and replacement. Funds may not be used for interior construction, additions, or detached structures.

Applications are now open. Interested homeowners may visit to view program guidelines and download an application. Homes must be owner-occupied and located within the city limits of Emmetsburg. A competitive selection process will consider completeness of applications, need/impact of proposed improvements on the individual property and the neighborhood, and proximity to other applicant properties. Additionally, preference will be shown to projects with materials purchased locally.

The City will begin reviewing applications on April 15. After a review process, grant commitments will be issued for selected projects. Grant funds will be disbursed as a reimbursement after project completion. To receive matching funds, property owners must submit a final report with all receipts, invoices, proof of payment, and photos at the conclusion of their project(s).

For more information and questions, please contact Gretchen Reichter with the City of Emmetsburg Economic Development Department at or 712-852-2067.