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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies
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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations and local government agencies in eligible locations for projects that promote the tourism industry and increase overnight hotel stays in the area. Eligible uses of funds include professional services, capital purchases, operating costs, contract costs, or other uses as authorized by the hotel/motel tax ordinance and state law, subject to the approval of the City Council. Projects that increase tourism and result in more overnight hotel stays in Marion shall be given priority.

Eligible applicants may request funding from one of the following two grant categories: 

Category 1: City of Marion Events and Commissions

Applicants are City of Marion departments, facilities, or commissions that are primarily recreational, cultural, destination marketing, or entertainment oriented. Twenty-five percent up to fifty percent of budgeted funds shall be awarded to applicants in this category. 

Category 2: Nonprofit Organizations and Events

Applicants are recreational, cultural, and entertainment-oriented organizations that meet the qualified organization standards. Fifty percent up to seventy-five percent of budgeted funds shall be awarded to applicants of this category.

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GrantWatch ID#: 148416

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The budgeted amount is subject to change due to the impact of COVID-19 on Hotel/Motel revenue.

Term of Contract:

All grant awards are to be requested and expended within 12 months after being awarded (July - June).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Iowa Code does not define a qualified organization, however for the purposes of the hotel/motel grant program, a qualified organization shall be designated as an exempt/nonprofit entity under the Internal Revenue Code or as an agency of a local government.

Further, a qualified organization’s request will be considered for funding from the hotel/motel grant program if the activities or proposed project for the fiscal year meets the intent of Iowa Code for use of the Hotel and Motel Tax. The basis of the intent is to support items that will bring additional Hotel and Motel taxes through additional lodging in Marion or the surrounding areas.

The review committee will also refrain from sponsoring any organization that is controversial or offensive. Criteria used to determine this can be found in the City’s Advertising/Sponsorship Policy approved by Resolution 23691 on March 6, 2014. Staff shall determine whether the relationship may undermine public confidence and/or present a conflict of interest.

Pre-Application Information:

FY2021 Grant Application Timeline:

- May 5, 2020: Grant application process opens
- June 12, 2020: Deadline to submit application via City of Marion website
- June 15 - July 15, 2020: Review Committee scores applications and makes funding recommendations
- July 21, 2020: Funding recommendations are presented to City Council
- July 23, 2020: Award allocations are awarded by City Council

Applications must be submitted through the City of Marion's website.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Brian McKenzie
(319) 743-6353

City of Marion
1225 6th Avenue, Suite 170
Marion, IA 52302

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USA: Iowa: City of Marion

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