Foundation / Corporation
Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)
Grants to Iowa local government agencies and nonprofit organizations for projects aimed at increasing local tourism and community attraction. Funding is intended to support transformative endeavors providing cultural, educational, entertainment, sports, and recreational attractions to the area. Eligible projects benefit the general public and include construction, renovation, major building repairs, and local trails.
The Enhance Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism Fund provides grants that help communities create transformational projects that enhance the vitality of a region and the state overall.
Eligible CAT projects must be “primarily vertical infrastructure,” which is defined as land acquisition and construction, major renovation and major repair of buildings, all appurtenant structures, utilities, site development, and recreational trails and water trails. Generally, all vertical infrastructure costs of the project are eligible for CAT funding. Eligible expenses could also include fixtures or equipment that are integral to the structure and operation of the building.
The acquisition of real estate is the only pre-award expense that is eligible for CAT funding.
For a list of eligibility criteria for projects, see the FAQs documment: https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/userdocs/programs/EIFAQ.pdf#page=4
GrantWatch ID#: 145080
Historically, CAT awards range between 10-20% of the final negotiated project cost, though recent awards about averaged 14-16% of project costs. The EI Board has a policy of not awarding more than a $1 million to a single project.
Projects should be able to finish construction within two years from the award date.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit the application to:
Enhance Iowa Program Manager
Iowa Economic Development Authority
200 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1819
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