Rural Enrichment Grant Program

Supporting small quality of life projects that will create meaningful results in rural communities

The Rural Enrichment Grant program aims to support small quality of life projects that will create meaningful results in rural communities. This program is a result of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative.

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Developing quality spaces for people to want to live, work, play, and engage will support the vibrancy of Iowa’s rural places. Eligible projects must be open to the public and contribute to the vitality and engagement of the community. 

Iowa businesses, colleges and universities, city or county government, and nonprofit organizations and foundations are eligible to apply. A single entity must be selected to serve as the primary applicant for grant funding applications; however, the project should include collaboration between a consortium of partners. The selected primary applicant must meet the definition of eligible applicant. The applicant will be responsible for submitting eligible material during the funding application process and will be the entity legally obligated to the terms of an agreement if awarded funding. Partners and collaborating entities are not subject to the eligibility requirements but may be subject to financial and programmatic review during the selection process.
Applicants must apply via, an online application portal. Applications will not be accepted in any other format. Late, incomplete, or ineligible applications will not be accepted. Applicants must create a login to view the full application for the program.
For more information, contact:

Liesl Seabert