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Rural Innovation Grant Program

Empower Rural Iowa

Supporting Creative Projects in Rural Iowa

Rural Innovation Grant Program

The Rural Innovation Grant program seeks to support creative ideas that address current issues and challenges faced by rural communities associated with the themes of community investment, growth and connection. The word "innovation" is derived from the Latin verb innovare, which means to renew. So at its root, innovation means to improve or to replace something, such as a process, a product, or a service. It is the concept of bringing creativity into implementation with a definitive outcome. This grant is designed to support the implementation stage of projects.

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  • Iowa businesses, colleges and universities, city or county government, federally tax-exempt nonprofit agencies and foundations
  • Applicants that are not a local government must include a letter of support from the mayor or a resolution from the city council.
  • Projects/programs must exist in and benefit a community in Iowa with a population of 20,000 or fewer and not contiguous to a city with a population of 40,000 or greater. If a countywide project, must be in one of the 88 least populous counties.
  • Application for funding will be released in the Fall of 2024
For more information, contact:

Center for Rural Revitalization Team