Grant/ Loan Program Who is EligibleCategory Program PurposeApplication Due Date
Foundation of Cornerstore Communities (Guttenberg)
Energy Infrastructure Revolving Loan ProgramBusinesses, rural electric cooperatives, or municipal utilitiesEnergyBusinesses, rural electric cooperatives, or municipal utilities are eligible for financial assistance. It can support the development of a wide range of energy infrastructure projects with a very low interest rate (2% for most projects).
Quarterly - see website
Walmart Local Community Grant ProgramGovernment entity, private or public school, church, non-profit organizationHealth/ Public ServiceEligible projects: Hunger relief and healthy eating; Health and human service; Quality of life; Education; Community and economic development; Diversity and Inclusion; Public Safety; Environmental sustainability.Grant cycle began Feb. 1, 2021 and application deadline is Dec. 31, 2021.
Grants for Arts Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may applyArtThese grants support arts projects that use the arts to unite and heal in response to current events; celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage; invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values; and enrich humanity. Submit by early January every year for first for first annual round. Submit by June 16th for the second round of the grant.
Clayton County Foundation for the FutureClayton County Foundation for the FutureMulti-UseCCFF welcomes proposals for projects that benefit a broad spectrum of the community or a chronically underserved segment of the population. Grants are awarded in the areas of Health and Human Services, Education, Neighborhoods and Community Development, the Environment, Children, Youth, and Families, and Arts and Culture, including historic preservation.Application available December 1st, due January 31st
AmeriCorps ARP FundingThis funding opportunity is available to those who do not currently have an active grant with AmeriCorps Seniors.Health/ Public ServiceAmeriCorps Seniors is interested in supporting communities that were disproportionately affected by the pandemic and in operating in new communities that haven’t traditionally received AmeriCorps Seniors grants in the past. Your organization simply needs to demonstrate innovative programming that engages adults age 55 and older as volunteers.Thursday, February 3, 2022 by 5:00pm ET
National Endowment for the Arts: TheatreNonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3)Performing ArtThe NEA awards grants to the nonprofit theater field for the production or presentation of traditional or classical repertoire, new plays, development laboratories, showcases, artist residencies, work for young audiences, experimental work, community-based work, outdoor historical dramas, and puppetry.Feburary 10th
National Endowment for the Arts: OperaOrganizations of all types and sizes are encouraged to apply, including professional opera companies, opera festivals, music festivals, presenting organizations, professional artist development programs, and other organizations that commission, develop, or produce fully-staged operatic works and/or concert opera.Performing ArtThis supports the commissioning, development, presentation, and professional recordings of new or existing operatic works; professional artist development programs and artist residencies; community engagement projects that involve diverse communities; education activities for people of all ages; and projects by service organizations. Applications for collaborations and innovative projects that engage audiences in new and meaningful ways are encouraged.Feburary 10th
National Endowment for the Arts: Musical TheatreNonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations;
Units of state or local government; or
Federally recognized tribal communities or tribes.
Performing ArtThe NEA awards grants for the production or presentation of traditional repertoire, new musicals, development laboratories, showcases, artist residencies, work for young audiences, experimental work, and community-based work. Projects funded by the NEA should help to fully realize an organization's mission and may provide support for organizations and artists in the creation and refinement of work, the public presentation of musicals from all cultures and periods, and opportunities for professional development. Supported projects will reflect the breadth of the musical theater genre and its artistic, historical, and cultural significance.Feburary 10th
National Endowment for the Arts: MuseumsNonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations;
Units of state or local government; or
Federally recognized tribal communities or tribes.
HistoryProject supporting museum activity that demonstrates exceptional aesthetic investigation and meaningful community engagement. Specifically, the NEA assists museums through the support of exhibitions, care of collections, conservation, commissions, public art works, community engagement, education activities, and another museum work. Museum projects funded by the NEA demonstrate artistic excellence and artistic merit in and across a variety of mediums, movements, eras, and cultures.Feburary 10th
National Endowment for the Arts: Art ProjectsNonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations;
Units of state or local government; or
Federally recognized tribal communities or tribes.
ArtProject can be focused on the presentation of artists, artworks, and arts programming, the commissioning of artists for the creation of new work, or projects related to public art, such as creation, installation, documentation, and preservation. Feburary 10th
National Endowment for the Arts: Art EducationNonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations;
Units of state or local government; or
Federally recognized tribal communities or tribes.
Art/ EducationFocused on providing arts education for all students and closing the opportunity gap for students for whom a high-quality arts education is so often out of reach. Projects are for pre-K-12 students.Feburary 10th
National Endowment for the Arts: Artist CommunitiesNonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations;
Units of state or local government; or
Federally recognized tribal communities or tribes.
ArtProvides assistance to artist communities for projects that encourage and nurture the development of individual artists and foster and inspire their creative processes. We define an artist community as an organization, whether focused on a single discipline or multidisciplinary, whose primary mission is to provide artist residencies.Feburary 10th
National Endowment for the Arts: Design GrantNonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations;
Units of state or local government; or
Federally recognized tribal communities or tribes.
ArtNEA supports design projects that have a public benefit and advance the field of design. In addition, we invite projects that respond to current events. Funding can support various design disciplines including architecture, communications and graphic design, fashion design, historic preservation, industrial and product design, interior design, landscape architecture, inclusive design, rural design, social impact design, and urban design.Feburary 10th
Hometown GrantNon-Profit or Government Must Apply (Contact if you have a potential project)Multi-UseThe T-Mobile Hometown Grants program will help fund projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections in your town. For example, this might include the town square pavilion, a historic building, an outdoor park, a ball field, or a library-- every town has places where friends and neighbors connect.Quarterly - opens in January and closes in March
Energy Infrastructure Revolving Loan FundAny Iowa business - see guidelines for more specificsNature/ConservationThe EIRLP provides low-interest loans for energy infrastructure projects that facilitate electricity or gas generation, transmission, storage or distribution. The focus on this loan is: energy infrastructure development, electric grid modernization, energy-sector workforce development, emergency preparedness for rural and underserved areas, expansion of biomass, biogas and renewable natural gas, innovative technologies, development of infrastructure for alternative fuel vehiclesRevolving Deadlines - October 22nd, January 20th, April 14th
AARP Community Challenge GrantInformation will be released on eligibility when the application window re-opens. Multi-UseThe program is intended to help communities make immediate improvements and jump-start long-term progress in support of residents of all ages.Grant opens around February and then due sometime in April
Challenge AmericaNonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may applyArtProjects must extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved. Possible projects include, but are not limited to: arts programming, including commissioning or presentation of artists or artwork; marketing and promotional activities; and organizational planning. Due in late March every year.
Home Rehabilitation Block Grant ProgramIndividual cannot apply, must apply through the City (more information to come once more state level information is released)HousingThe Home Rehabilitation Block Grant Pilot Program will offer eligible Iowa communities an opportunity to offer property owners in a targeted neighborhood financial assistance for eligible repair expenses to help preserve their homes.Applications released soon, due March 31
Main Street Open 4 Business GrantBusiness in Elkader Main Street District (submitted by MSE and only one applicant moves forward)InventoryMain Street Iowa offers the Open 4 Business program to encourage business development in designated Main Street Iowa districts around the state! Funding can be used for inventory, equipment, software updates, marketing, etc. but not for building rehab or rent.Application information released in January, late February or early March local applications due, state application due in April.
Main Street Iowa Challenge GrantBusiness in Elkader Main Street District (submitted by MSE and only one applicant moves forward)Building ImprovementEach year Main Street Iowa has received funding from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to once again offer a Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant opportunity to support brick and mortar rehabilitation projects within designated Main Street districts across the state of Iowa. If you own a commercial building within our Main Street Elkader district, you are eligible to compete for these grant funds. Funds can be used for first floor commercial and upper level rehabilitation projects as well as facade repairs. Local application materials released in July, local applications due in mid-late August, one selected application submitted to the state by early September each year.
AARP Community Challenge Grant501(C)(3), 501(C)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits, government entities Multi-UseSmall grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more.Applications open in the spring (due in April)
Wellmark Small Match Grants501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizationHealth/ Public ServiceSmall MATCH grants support promising projects that can help individuals, families and communities achieve better health. This can be done by creating safe and healthy environments that encourage physical activity and access to and consumption of nutritious foods.Applications open in April, due in May
Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)6, 501(c)8Multi-UseProjects must support: Economic Development & Community Betterment, Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Education, Public Health & SafetyApril Pre-Applications due, May full applications emailed to qualifying organizations, August full applications due
Our TownAny one can apply but must have partnership support from a nonprofit and from a local government entityMulti-UseWe support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes.Annual deadline of August each year, opens in May
Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV)Application completed by the CityBuilding ImprovementFunding available for communities under 50,000 for projects that: Prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-1, Meet the national objectives of either benefitting Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) persons or preventing/eliminating slum and blight, Be an eligible activity, including, Public Facilities / public spaces, Public Wifi / broadband access,Microenterprise assistance (5 or fewer employees including owner),Housing Conversion, Commercial façade improvements, Food bank / food program assistance, Daycare assistance. Contact UERPC’s Diana Johnson for assistance if you think this grant could benefit your community: 563-419-6104 or definitive application deadline, but project and final grant dollar drawdown must be completed no later than July 20, 2023
Aureon Charity GrantsVirtually all charities and nonprofitsMulti-UseThere are virtually no restrictions on the number or types of charities that may apply for the grant; however, the program must benefit and be made available to all members of the community. Our grants are available to Iowa communities sponsored by its participating telecommunication companies, Alpine Communications is one of these participating companies. The Aureon Charity Grant Committee looks to accept proposals from organizations seeking to better their local communities.Quarterly
MLB-MLBPA Youth Development FoundationGroups focused on baseball/softballRecreationThe Foundation considers requests for a variety of purposes including funding capital projects (e.g., field renovations), baseball/softball programs, and education initiatives.Quarterly
Manufacturing 4.0 Technology (2 grants)Employ at least 3 and fewer than 75 full-time employees across all locations, minimum of 51% of revenue from selling manufactured goods, in business for at least 3 years
ManufacturingThe Manufacturing 4.0 Technology Investment Program provides grants that assist small- and mid-sized enterprises with the adoption and integration of smart technologies into existing operations in the state.Rolling. The application window is open on a continuous basis until funds are depleted.
Military Homeownership Assistance ProgramService members and veteransHousingThe Military Homeownership Assistance program provides a $5,000 grant to eligible service members and veterans for down payments and closing costs on qualifying homes. The funds may be used in conjunction with the First Home and Homes for Iowans programs.Rolling
Alliant Energy Impact Grants501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, government, schoolHealth/ Public ServiceSupport strategic projects that directly benefit Alliant Energy customers and communities. Projects will support our four focus areas: Hunger and Housing, Workforce Readiness, Environmental Stewardship and Diversity, Safety and Well-being.Rolling
Homes for IowansSee link for guidelinesHousingThe Homes for Iowans program gives you the option of getting a: Grant to assist with down payments and closing costs OR a loan from the 2nd Loan program, not both.Rolling
First Home See link for guidelinesHousingDownpayment and closing cost assistance programRolling
Arts Event Partnership GrantArtists, Nonprofits, Local Governments, SchoolsArtSupports the presentation of special events such as virtual or in-person conferences, festivals, symposiums and other public gatherings that contribute to the vitality of the arts in Iowa.Rolling deadline until program funds are depleted for the funding period of July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Paint Iowa BeautifulVirtually all charities and nonprofitsArtThe program provides free paint to a wide variety of public service projects throughout Iowa.Rolling
Foreclosure Assistance Program
Household income may not exceed: 80% Area Median Income (AMI) at time of application
HousingMortgage payment assistance for income-eligible homeowners impacted by COVID-19 who are at risk of foreclosure.
Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance ProgramRenter households with incomes of no more than 80% of Area Median Income.HousingThe Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program may provide eligible renters with help with rent and utility bills.Ongoing
Power of Connection GrantMust have populations of under 10,000 and be outside of a metropolitan areaMulti-UseGrants of up to $5,000 – funded by ITC Midwest and the IRDC – may be awarded to rural communities for capacity building, strategic planning, studies or assessmentBill Menner at or call 641-990-4757
National Endowment for the ArtsNon-profit organizationArtVarious art and placement grant awards throughout the year. Changing deadlines