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Cedar Valley Sports Commission (CVSC) Grant

Grants to Iowa Organizations for Sports Events
and Projects that Attract Tourists to Cedar Valley

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Cedar Valley Sports Commission (CVSC)

Deadline Date:

10/15/19 - Deadline for Grants of $1,500 or more; Grant requests of less than $1,500 may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a monthly basis.


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Grants of up to $1,500 and grants starting at $1,500 to Iowa organizations for sporting events and projects in the Cedar Valley that will attract tourists and have a positive impact on the local economy. Applicants are required to meet with program staff prior to submitting an application. Priority is given to competitive sporting events.


To create, attract, and grow sporting events that will have a positive impact on the economy and quality of life of the entire Cedar Valley and to position the Cedar Valley as a premier destination for these events.


In furthering the mission of the Commission, events and projects should bring visitors to the Cedar Valley. This program is designed to increase interest and participation in events and projects within the Cedar Valley while creating economic impact. 

Only items falling under the following categories may be eligible for receiving funding from the Cedar Valley Sports Commission. Other items will be reviewed as necessary.

  • Facility Rental
  • Fees for officials, trainers, etc.
  • Travel for officials, trainers, VIPs
  • Event/Project Marketing
    • Must be purchased in markets 100+ miles away from Waterloo/Cedar Falls
    • May be print, electronic, or billboard.
  • Direct Mail Campaign Expenses
    • Including development, printing, and postage
  • Printed Materials
    • Pre-Event collateral pieces that promote participation in the project/event
  • Bid or guarantee money for events or tournaments
  • Event prize money used to attract participants
  • Equipment purchase and rental (mats, bleachers, lights, etc)
    • Equipment must be that which will directly affect the organization’s ability to host a tournament that will bring in visitors to the community.
  • Honorariums for individuals (referees, officials, etc.) specifically engaged in the event.
  • Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164075

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $1,500 and grants starting at $1,500

Term of Contract:

- 2nd Qtr. of Year (April-June)
- 3rd Qtr. of Year (July-Sept.).
- 4th Qtr. of Year (Oct. - Dec.).
- 1st Qtr. of next year (Jan-March).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Projects must be classified as sports related. Specific definition of what is ‘sports related’ is not given, but applying entities will be required to define how their project is sports related, if the situation is not obvious to the lay person. Priority may be given to competitive sporting events.

- Projects must further the mission of the Cedar Valley Sports Commission.

The following items are examples of non-fundable items; these examples are not intended to be all inclusive and ultimately are subject to the discretion of the Commission.

- Annual operating expenses
- Professional legal, medical, engineering, accounting, auditing, or consultant services
- Salaries, wages, or administrative fees that are not directly tied to the event or project in the application
- Items for re-sale (tee-shirts printed for sale at event)
- Travel expenses of staff
- In-house postage and material inventory
- Donations and in-kind contributions to sponsors
- Awards such as plaques, trophies, gift certificates etc.
- Tangible personal property, including, but not limited to copy machines, fax machines, computer equipment, typewriters, other office equipment
- Interest or reduction of deficits or loans
- Anything contrary to federal or state law or local ordinance.
- Giveaway items for participants (shirts, trinkets, etc)
- Alcoholic Beverages

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants are required to consult with CVSC Executive Director Ashley Johnson either in person on via telephone before the application is submitted for review by CVSC Board Members.

The following deadlines apply to all grant requests of $1,500 or more. Application deadlines are as follows:

- January 15 – Deadline for any event/project in the 2nd Qtr. of Year (April-June)
- April 15 – Deadline for any event/project in the 3nd Qtr. of Year (July-Sept.).
- July 15 – Deadline for any event/project in the 4th Qtr. of Year (Oct. - Dec.).
- October 15 – Deadline for any event/project in the 1st Qtr. of next year (Jan-March).

In consideration of special circumstances, the CVSC reserves the right to accept and review grant applications at any time—outside of the schedule outlined above.

Grant requests of less than $1,500 may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

Contact Information:

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

Ashley Johnson, Executive Director
Cedar Valley Sports Commission
(319) 493-5371

Cedar Valley Sports Commission
PO Box 4166
Waterloo, IA 50704

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