2023–2024 Visioning Communities

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is accepting applications. The deadline for community applications is September 1.

Become a Visioning Community

Iowa communities that need to improve their transportation systems, such as entrance corridors, streetscapes, sidewalks, or trails, are encouraged to apply for Community Visioning. We give priority to communities that lack planning resources within the city government.

How to Apply


Review criteria

Communities in need of transportation enhancement planning assistance and with populations of fewer than 10,000 residents are eligible to participate in the Community Visioning Program. Successful communities have volunteers, government representatives, and interest groups that collaborate to complete the visioning process.

For a more information on what the program does for communities and what types of communities should apply, download and review information for applicants PDF.

Information for Applicants

Form a steering committee

Communities interested in applying for the program should form a steering committee of committed residents who represents a cross-section of the population, including youth. Steering committee members are expected to spend approximately 100 hours over the course of 11 months on the Community Visioning process.


Prepare application materials

Gather the information needed for the application. To ensure your application is complete and ready for submission, download and review this application checklist PDF

The online application cannot be saved prior to submission, so applicants are encouraged to explore the application form by clicking on Apply Online and prepare the required materials before starting the form.

What you need:

Information about your community and the names of any firms that have completed comprehensive planning to date.

Phone numbers and e-mail addresses for a primary contact person, a local media contact, and eight committee members.

A project proposal, not to exceed 7,000 characters.

A description of desired outcomes for transportation enhancements, not to exceed 3,500 characters.

Issues/opportunities in your community that Community Visioning can address, not to exceed 3,500 characters.

Separate file uploads, not to exceed 5 MB each, of the following:
Letter from the entity committing to the $2,000 cash or in-kind match.
Letter of support from the city government.
Letter(s) of support from local businesses and/or organizations.
Photos of any areas of concern that Community Visioning may address.



Submit your application

Submit your completed online application to Trees Forever by September 1.

We will notify successful applicants by mid-October to allow the steering committee members time to prepare to attend the Iowa’s Living Roadways Annual Celebration, which is held in early November.

Apply online


Have questions about the Visioning Program or about the application process? Contact us for more information.

Want to see how the Visioning Program has helped other communities? See examples of completed transportation enhancement projects.