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Rural Scale-Up Grant Program

Supporting creative solutions addressing issues and challenges faced by rural communities

The Rural Scale-Up Grant program aims to support the replication and spread of creative solutions that are addressing current issues and challenges faced by rural communities. This program is a result of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative.

In 2020, the Center for Rural Revitalization, a division of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), launched the Rural Innovation Grant program, supporting creative and unique solutions to rural challenges. Over the past three funding cycles, grant recipients have illustrated best practices that are now primed for sharing across the state. Funding from the Scale-Up Grant program will assist other communities with the opportunity to implement these solutions.

Watch the Grant Informational Recording Here

  • 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.
  • Funds for this program have been depleted. Information will be posted here if a new application cycle is opened.
For more information, contact:

Center for Rural Revitalization Team