The state of Iowa has sent 45 million more dollars in federal disaster recovery money out to 11 city or county organizations and now is working to get people to sign up for the funds.
Governor Culver says the federal money is being handed out through the state program called "Jumpstart."
Culver says one of the biggest challenges is to let everyone know the programs are up and running and the money is now available. He says one of the big deadlines is approaching October 31st. Culver says you have to sign up with FEMA first, or you will be left out.
Culver says to be eligible for the Jumpstart state program or any federal money, you must first register with FEMA by the October 31st deadline. Culver says once the October 31st deadline has passed, the state will start a campaign that will tell people how to sign up for the Jumpstart funding.
Culver says they believe that most people have registered for FEMA, and once they are registered they can then be eligible for the Jumpstart. The federal funding will go to the cities of Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Iowa City, Waterloo, and six regional councils made up officials from counties and cities in each region.
The latest funding ups the total of state and federal recover dollars available to Iowans to 85 million dollars. The state has received word it will get 72-million dollars in the second round, and Culver says federal officials have told him the state will be included in a third round of federal funding that will be announced in December.
To find out how to sign up for the funds in our area, call 1-866-849-0323, or go on-line to the Jumpstart Iowa website .