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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Educational Institutions for Workforce Development Programs

Future Ready Iowa Summer Youth Internship Program


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Funding Source
Iowa Workforce Development (IWD)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/29/24
Deadline: 02/21/24 2:00 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Iowa nonprofit and for-profit organizations and educational institutions for workforce development programs that benefit youth. Funding is intended to support internships for underserved young adults. The goal of the grant program is to assist youth who face barriers to success and upward mobility in the labor market. Funds may be used for services and resources that support internship programs, including direct participant wages, training resources, and more.

The intent of this program is to encourage businesses to develop programs that provide high school students and youth between the ages of 14 and 24 internship opportunities that allow youth to explore and prepare for high-demand careers, gain work experience, and develop personal attributes necessary to succeed in the workplace.

IWD seeks to prioritize the investment of resources in programs providing internships to the following youth:

  1. Those at risk of not graduating.
  2. Those from low-income households.
  3. Those who are from communities underrepresented in the Iowa workforce.
  4. Those who otherwise face barriers to success and upward mobility in the labor market.

Awarded funds may be used to support the following:

  • Participant wages (minimum of $12/hour)
  • Participant compensation as a result of completing the program (paid as reportable gross wages)
  • Training resources (i.e., curriculum, internet access, software)
  • Program supplies and materials (i.e., uniforms, computers, books, tools, consumable items) (less than $5,000 per category)
  • Program coordination (gross wages)
  • Administrative costs (limited to 10% of total award)


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include non-profits, educational institutions, employers, community organizations, and other entities that are in good standing with the State of Iowa. Grantees must also comply with all applicable provisions of State and Federal laws pertaining to nondiscrimination, sexual harassment, and equal employment opportunity.

Award funds may not be used for the following:
- Participant stipends
- Reimbursement of food or drink
- Award/graduation ceremonies
- Marketing/promotional materials
- Travel expenses including vehicle purchase or lease
- Program transportation
- Reimbursement of worker’s compensation insurance coverage
- Fringe benefits
- Capital expenditures, building rental, utility expenses and equipment over $5,000
- Gift certificates, cards, or vouchers

Pre-Proposal Conference
Webinar: Monday, January 29 at 1:00 PM CST

Join a webinar to learn about how to apply for this opportunity.


Pre-Application Information
Important Dates:
- Applications will Open in IowaGrants: Thursday, January 18, 2024.
- Informational Webinar and Live Q&A: Monday, January 29, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. CST.
- Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 2:00 P.M., Central Standard Time.
- Application Notification: A Notice of Intent to Award will be posted on the Future Ready Iowa website.

Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to co-enroll Summer Youth Internship participants with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Youth Program in their local area.

IWD will pay out grant funds to successful applicants on a monthly reimbursement basis after receipt of completed monthly project reports.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
The project period is a minimum of six weeks within the timeframe below:
- Start Date: May 1, 2024
- End Date: August 31, 2024

IWD estimates the award period will be April 1, 2024 through August 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Please direct any questions regarding this NOFO to:
Melanie Johnson

Technical Assistance with IowaGrants.Gov, please contact:
Patrick Rice

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