The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program will award grants to 19 small, rural Iowa communities including two in Southeast Iowa, to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures and limit construction and demolition materials going to the landfill. The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program was instituted by statute to help rural communities with populations of 5,000 or less. The 19 projects will receive a total of $491,000 as reimbursement grants. Of that total the City of Middletown will receive $1,500 to start toward deconstructing the old school building. This round of funding will be used to complete an asbestos inspection for the premises. The city plans on submitting an application for the next grant round to continue the project. Louisa County will receive $3,400 to start renovations on the old jail, transforming it into an office building that will house county staff.