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Jump-Start Accelerator Grant

Grants, Loans, and In-Kind Support to Iowa Companies
in Eligible Locations for Start-Up Assistance

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Pocahontas County Economic Development Commission (PCEDC)

Deadline Date:

10/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000, no-interest loans, and in-kind support to Iowa start-up companies in eligible locations for business development assistance. Funding is intended to assist new businesses, expand the local business community, and add job opportunities. Through the program, new businesses will be matched with existing business professionals who will serve as mentors. Eligible businesses are located in Pocahontas County.

PCEDC will provide support as needed through their network of partners, including the opportunity to participate in business training through Iowa Central Community College and the Small Business Development Center to ensure that the grant recipients have the skills and training necessary to be successful.

Eligible use of funds for the Jump-Start Accelerator grant awards include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Construction
  • Land/building acquisition
  • Major renovation and repair of buildings or appurtenant structures
  • Site development
  • Engineering, planning, and design costs
  • Materials
  • Equipment and supplies
  • Marketing
  • Legal fees
  • Website/e-commerce creation
  • Other expenses as approved by PCEDC

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190825

Number of Grants:

At least one start-up per year

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Up to $10,000
- Disbursement claims must be for an amount equal to or greater than $500 per request.
- In addition, applicants may have the opportunity to apply for no or low-interest loans in support of their project.

Term of Contract:

- Funding period: November 3, 2021 – June 30, 2022
- All project activities and incurred expenses must occur within the eligible contracted grant funding period of November 3, 2021-June 30 2022, unless prior approval is granted.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New start-ups, businesses relocating to Pocahontas County, and businesses wanting to add additional locations within the county are invited to apply.

All businesses must be located or will plan to locate within Pocahontas County, Iowa, upon being named a grant recipient.

Pocahontas County Economic Development does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Expenses incurred after the eligible funding period are not eligible for reimbursement unless otherwise approved.

Pre-Application Information:

- September 15, 2021: Application Window Opens
- October 15, 2021: Application Deadline - The deadline to submit an online application for grant funding is 11:59 p.m., Friday, October 15, 2021.
- November 3, 2021: Funding Decision Notification - Applicants will be notified of grant funding award decisions by November 3, 2021. If you are a candidate for no or low-interest loans, you will be notified on this date.

Potential applicants should contact Emily Williams or Tom Grau with questions well in advance of the application deadline.

Funding is awarded to grant recipients on a reimbursement basis after expenses have been incurred for approved project activities within the eligible funding period.

Any eligible applicant will be allowed to submit one application per funding announcement.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to

Or mail to:
Pocahontas County Economic Development
PO Box 212
Pocahontas, IA 50574

Direct questions to
Emily Williams, Workforce Marketing Coordinator

Tom Grau, Executive Director

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