Iowa is projected to need more than 10,000 commercial drivers annually between 2020 and 2030. To accommodate that need, the state therefore has launched two grant programs with a goal of removing costly barriers to driver training and, ultimately, to creating more drivers with commercial driver’s licenses across Iowa.
Infrastructure Grants Open August 10, 2023
A new CDL Infrastructure Grant Program announced by Governor Kim Reynolds earlier this week will provide up to $5 million to assist Iowa community colleges with building, purchasing, or remodeling CDL training infrastructure.
Funds will be administered as reimbursement for costs related to equipment, construction and remodeling by third-party vendors, or purchasing space for training. Priority will be given to applicants who have the ability to train and certify truck drivers continuously and in higher volumes.
Programs that apply for funding must offer competency-based training courses and/or a training course that would allow someone to complete training and take the licensing exam within a 30-day window. Training must also meet the minimum federal standards required of ELDT drivers to take the CDL skills/knowledge tests.
For more information, read IWD’s press release:
Application Information – Apply beginning August 10, 2023
Grant applications are now being accepted at IowaGrants.gov and are due on Monday, September 25, 2023, at 2:00 p.m.
Webinar - August 24, 2023
A webinar was recently held for potential grant applicants to discuss the new funding opportunity. A recording can be found at the link below.
For more information on the requirements and application process, visit the link below.
Entry-Level Driver Training grants awarded March 2023
Previously, in March 2023, Governor Kim Reynolds announced $2.94 million in grants to support an expansion of Entry-Level Driver Training at 46 different training programs across the state.
The awardees included employers, nonprofits, and related organizations who sponsored or partnered on key training programs designed to prepare potential drivers for CDL skills or knowledge tests.
Press Release - 3/3/23
Summaries and Award Information
- Entry-Level Driver Training Program Award Summaries (PDF)
- Entry-Level Driver Training Program Award Map (PDF)
- Press release: Gov. Reynolds announces new entry-level CDL training program