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Grants to Northeast Iowa Nonprofits, Agencies, and Indian Tribes
for Agricultural-Related Programs in Eligible Counties

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Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area

Deadline Date:

09/15/17 Noon CST


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to Northeast Iowa nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and federally recognized Indian tribes for agricultural-related programs and projects located within eligible Counties. Funding will be provided for educational programs, planning assistance, exhibit development, marketing, interpretive signage, and event programming.

In an effort to expand the modern agricultural story in the Heritage Area, greater consideration will be given to projects and programming that incorporate interpretation of the modern age story.

Awards will be more weighted towards attractions or sites (new or existing) although selected events may be supported. Projects must demonstrate how they help preserve and interpret America's agricultural and agricultural industrial stories and its significance to the nation and the world. Support will be considered for cultural, ethnic, arts and recreation programs to the extent that they highlight the agricultural or agricultural industrial themes.

For the purposes of these grants, eligible Counties include the 37 designated Iowa Counties within the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Howard, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Mitchell, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama, Winneshiek, Worth, and Wright.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153521

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

All grant work must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be one of the following: a designated SSNHA nonprofit or governmental Partner Site, a non-profit organization, a local or regional government, or a federally recognized Indian tribe. This includes designated SSNHA non- profit or governmental Partner/Emerging Sites.

All applicants must be able to meet matching requirements outlined below.

Eligible applicants cannot have an open SSNHA General Grant contract at time of application, specifically any previous General Grant project must be complete and final report submitted before the applicant organization can submit a new General Grant application.

Funds may not be used for historic preservation/infrastructure projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Before starting the online application, thoroughly review the general grant criteria and sample application attached below.

Staff is available to assist you with your questions or to discuss your application in advance of its submission. You are encouraged to call early in your proposal development to produce a thorough application.


- September 15, 2017 by Noon CST: All applications must be submitted online by noon CST on September 15, 2017.
- November 2017: Grant awards announced.
- December 31, 2018: All grant work completed.
- Final Reports due no later than 90 days after an event or completion of the project or no later than December 31, 2018, whichever comes first.

Matching Funds:

Grant applicants must provide 1-1 match to the grant request. At least half of the applicant's contribution must be in cash. For example, if your total project cost is $10,000, you may request $5,000 in grant funds. The grantee must provide a cash and/or in-kind match of $5,000 of which at least $2,500 must be cash match.

This match must come from a source other than federal funds, such as state, local, and/or private funds. Collaboration between organizations is encouraged.

Projects that have greater than a 1-1 non-federal match, will be give priority consideration.

See the attached guidelines below for further matching fund requirements.

Contact Information:

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

Click here to apply online:

For more information or questions regarding this application, please contact:

Candy Streed
P.O. Box 2845
604 Lafayette Street | Suite 202 Waterloo, IA 50704-2845

Phone: 319.234.4567
Fax: 319.234.8228

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: The 37 designated Iowa Counties within the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area

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