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Rural Leadership Grant Program

Grants and In-Kind Support to Iowa Nonprofits and
Agencies to Enhance Leadership in Rural Areas

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Iowa Economic Development Authority - Center for Rural Revitalization

Deadline Date:

09/30/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of $1,000 and in-kind support to Iowa nonprofit organizations and local governments to enhance leadership in rural areas. Funding is intended to develop and implement local leadership programs for rural communities. Grantees will also receive mentorship and training.

The Rural Leadership program provides training, mentorship and funding to rural communities and regions initiating leadership programs. Many rural communities have created effective leadership programs, as have various Iowa industries. Leveraging these efforts as examples and partners, this program targets rural communities who want to start a local leadership program and work to engage participants in community leadership roles. Grantees will participate in a two-day bootcamp resulting in a work plan and a one-year mentorship.

Program Details:

Grantees are required to send three citizens to participate in a two-day training, October 26-27 in Newton, Iowa. Day 1 will include participation in the Leadership Exchange event with existing leadership programs across the state. Registration costs for the Exchange are waived for Rural Innovation Leadership Grantees. Day 2 will be a comprehensive bootcamp training for grantees, resulting in a work plan for implementation. Bootcamp attendees should include a diverse representation of community stakeholders and partners.

Grant funds and match dollars must be used for the development and implementation of a community leadership program. Eligible uses include, but are not limited to, travel costs associated with participating in the Exchange and Bootcamp; marketing materials; staff time on leadership program; room rentals; speaker fees; or purchase of equipment/materials. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197609

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000

Term of Contract:

All project activities and incurred expenses must occur within the eligible contracted funding period of October 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

City or county governments and private 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 nonprofit agencies and foundations are eligible to apply.

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 OR if a county-wide program, must be one of the 88 least populous counties in Iowa.

Food and beverage costs are not eligible expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline to submit an application for funding is August 31.

Timeline:
- September 30 at 11:59 p.m.: Application Deadline
- October 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023: Funding Period
- October 26-27: Leadership Exchange and Bootcamp to be held in Newton, Iowa. Agenda to be released closer to the event.

Funding is awarded on a reimbursement basis after expenses have been incurred for approved project activities.

There is a minimum $500 cash match requirement.

View this opportunity on IowaGrants.gov: https://iowagrants.gov/insideLinkOpps.jsp?documentPk=1626273437763

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://iowagrants.gov/index.do

For more information, contact:
Liesl Seabert
515.348.6154
Liesl.Seabert@iowaeda.com
rural@iowaeda.com

Funding or Pin Number:

415946

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa

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