The University of Iowa

Derecho Resources

Below is a partial list of resources for those experiencing the effects of the August 10, 2020 derecho that swept through Iowa. The list will be updated as additional information becomes available.



FEMA Disaster Assistance

For information on registering for disaster assistance funds, click here or register online at 

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Assistance is available for farmers, ranchers, and affected communities through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. See USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Recent Derecho for more information. 

Small Business Administration (SBA)

A Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center is now available to assist Iowa businesses and residents affected by the August 10 derecho under the Iowa disaster declaration. The center can be contacted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week at (800) 659-2955 or by emailing Details about the virtual outreach center are available here.

SBA aid may be available to businesses, nonprofits, homeowners and renters. For more information see the SBA’s Disaster Loan Assistance.

The SBA will offer low-interest disaster loans to private non-profit organizations that provide an “essential government service” and were damaged by the derecho. To see if your non-profit is eligible or to apply, visit Disaster Loan Assistance.


Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Iowa museums, historic sites and other cultural organizations affected by this summer's derecho storm may be eligible for funding from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grants up to $5,000 are intended to support Iowa humanities organizations impacted by the storm, including museums, historic properties, preservation and historical organizations, and community and cultural organizations located in the designated disaster-relief area, according to criteria from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funding is made possible through a Chairman’s Grant for Disaster Mitigation from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency.

See the Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management website for information. 

Iowa Department of Human Services: The Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program (IIAGP)

IIAGP offers grants to families whose annual household income is at 200% or less of the federal poverty level. Each qualifying household MAY receive up to $5,000.00. The IIAGP is activated when the Governor issues a disaster proclamation turning on IIAGP for the affected counties. Please note - if a presidential disaster declaration for Individual Assistance is issued for a county for the same event, the state program is automatically canceled for that county, as the federal program then goes into effect. The federal program does not have an income restriction.

Download an Iowa Disaster Assistance Application (Español). Applications can be turned in to a local Community Action Agency. To find your local agency, see Iowa Community Action Association

For the Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant program information call toll-free 1-877-347-5678.

Iowa Department of Human Services: Grants for Individuals With Development Disabilities

The Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council is offering limited assistance to providers and organizations supporting people with developmental disabilities who experienced losses due to the August 10, 2020 derecho storm. The Derecho Relief Fund will offer mini-grants up to $1,000 to respond to needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families that could lead to institutionalization. Applicants must have a federal tax identification number to be eligible. Complete information is available on the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) website at  Derecho Storm Relief Grants.


Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition Facebook page. Resources for assistance and to make donations.


Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Dubuque

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque has set up a Derecho Relief Fund to provide direct relief to individuals and families, especially those vulnerable populations that have been disproportionately adversely affected. All of the monies donated will go directly to help individuals and families, where it is most needed, with priority to those who aren’t eligible for state and federal relief. For information on donating, volunteering, or applying for assistance, see Derecho Storm Resources.


Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (GCRCF)

The GCRCF, in partnership with a number of other area agencies, has compiled a detailed list of resources for persons in Linn County. The site includes links for those who wish to make donations and to volunteer.

Marshall County Disaster Recovery Fund

The Community Foundation of Marshall County has established the Disaster Recovery Fund (DRF) to support the populations most negatively affected by COVID-19 and the derecho on August 10, 2020. The DRF provides an opportunity for the public to give with the reassurance their donations will be used to quickly move resources to where they are most needed and to adapt to evolving needs. The flexibility of the fund will ensure that the community will be able to respond to needs that are not being met by existing non-profit, local, state and federal programs. To donate or to seek assistance visit the Community Foundation of Marshall County website.


United Way of East Central Iowa

United Way has organized a disaster recovery fund to help Iowans in its five-county service area who have been affected by the August 10 derecho. Funds are for repair of homes, food replacement, emergency housing, and assistance for those who have lost a job due to the derecho. Any health and human services nonprofit organization providing services in response to disaster recovery in UWECI’s five-county service area are eligible to apply. Applications will be taken as long as funds last. Apply for assistance or learn how to support the Disaster Recovery Fund.


Updated November 9, 2020