Iowa Tourism Grants

The Iowa Tourism Office Grant Program includes $185,000 in FY14. Staff at the Iowa Tourism Office is administering the program, but a team of industry representatives created the program’s components and eligibility requirements. Tourism industry peers will review and score each application and determine grant recipients. Download the full Grant Program Overview [PDF]


FY15 Grant Program

We are pleased to share a draft of the proposed administrative rules for the Iowa Tourism Grant Program. Administrative rules are required for state-funded grant programs and not only help state agencies manage the programs but also help applicants know how to write the most successful applications. The rules articulate deadlines, scoring, eligibility requirements and more.

The Grant Guidelines Committee has been working through these rules for a couple of weeks and have considered your feedback, including comments received from a survey conducted in November.

A timeline for creating and implementing the administrative rules is below.

  • November 5: Surveys distributed for feedback
  • November 26: Iowa Tourism Grant Guidelines Committee Meeting
  • December 2: Grant Guidelines Committee reviews proposed rules
  • December 6: Draft rules distributed to tourism industry, feedback requested
  • December 10: Feedback meeting at IEDA, 2 p.m.
  • December 16: Feedback from Iowa tourism industry due
  • December 23: Final draft rules given to Grant Guidelines Committee
  • December 31: Final draft rules given to IEDA legal counsel for submission to administrative rules process
  • January 17: IEDA submits proposed rules to Board of Directors for approval to enter the Administrative Rules Process
  • June 2014: Rules approved and adopted
  • June 2014: FY15 application available
  • August 4: FY15 application due
  • August 13 - September 2: Review committee reviews and scores applications
  • September 4: Review committee meets to determine successful grantees
  • September 10: Grantees announced


FY14 Grant Program

Application & Training

Grant Components
The program is divided into three parts: Marketing, Meetings & Events Development and Professional Development.


  • August 27, 2013: Application Training
  • August 28, 2013: Applications Available
  • October 1, 2013 at 4 p.m.: Applications Due
  • October 16-18, 2013: Awards Announced (during Iowa Tourism Conference)

Grant Program Questions:

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligible Applicants
All nonprofit organizations, city/county government entities and for-profit businesses are eligible to apply. Applicants must be tourism-related and based in the state of Iowa.

Award Amounts
Maximum awards range from $2,000 to $5,000 per applicant, depending on the program. Minimum amounts range from $100 to $500. The committee reviewers may choose to make a smaller award than the applicant requested.
The amount of funds in each program will be dependent on the number of grants applications that are submitted.

Cash Match
In the application, applicants must upload a letter confirming that the applicant or another partner is providing 25% of the project’s cost in cash match. In-kind match is not an eligible match. Cash match from any other state government-funded grant program is not eligible.

Project Eligibility
Projects must occur in the state’s current fiscal year, between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. OR expenses for the project must be incurred in FY14. For example: A professional development training may take place in August 2014 (FY15), but a deposit on the venue rental was due and paid for in June 2014 (FY14). Additional eligibility requirements are outlines on each program’s summary sheet.

Other Important Notes:

  • Applications can earn more points for submitting projects that are new, innovative and collaborative and for their participation in the tourism regions and tourism industry.
  • The FY14 grant applications are entirely online, making it easier for you to apply and for reviewers to score.
  • To receive grant funds, successful applicants must sign the IEDA's standard grant contract, which is the same basic grant contract IEDA uses for most programs.
  • Your peers will review and score your application. Volunteer to be a part of the review team