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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits, Schools, and Qualifying Cities and
Counties for Studies to Improve Childcare in Rural Communities

Rural Childcare Market Study Grant

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Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) - Center for Rural Revitalization and First Children’s Finance

Deadline Date:

12/01/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of $10,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations, PreK-12 schools, IHEs, tribes, and qualifying cities and counties for studies to improve the provision of childcare in rural communities. Funding is intended to support the collection and analysis of data in order to determine community needs, as well as the development of a strategic plan for childcare to benefit local residents. Studies must take place in, and serve, communities with populations of 20,000 or fewer, which are not contiguous to a city with a population of 40,000 or greater.

Child care is a challenge across rural communities in Iowa and across the nation. However, the solutions are often more complicated than the construction of a new facility. Many factors need to be carefully analyzed to first determine the market feasibility for development of a child care center, expansion of an existing one or support for in-home providers.

The Rural Child Care Market Study Grant program seeks to support the use of data and analysis by rural communities to determine the specific needs and solutions for their area. Through greater understanding of their geographic market, demographics, competition and other factors, communities can be armed with the information needed to take proactive steps towards addressing child care challenges. In partnership with First Children’s Finance, funding from the program will empower communities to assess their current child care market environment and develop strategies.

The Child Care Market Analysis and Strategic Plan by First Children’s Finance is a third-party in-depth analysis of the local child care needs, supply and gap. This is used by the community in a facilitated process to develop a strategic plan to address the identified needs. Applicants are asked to establish a local steering committee to guide the process and serve as a liaison between First Children’s Finance and the community. For further details on this process, see

The Rural Child Care Market Study Grant Program provides funding for market data collection, analysis and development of strategic goals for child care through First Children’s Finance. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 198839

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grant Recipients will be awarded $10,000.
- Grantees will receive one market study and one set of goals, regardless of the geographic area submitted or numbers of partnering communities.

Term of Contract:

All project activities and incurred expenses must occur within the eligible contracted funding period of January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply:
• City and county governments or federally recognized tribal governments physically located in Iowa;
• 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 nonprofit agencies and foundations;
• Public and private schools that serve grades pre-K through 12 and physically located in Iowa; and
• Higher education institutions located in Iowa.

The study must take place 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 county-wide application, must be within one of the 88 least populous counties in Iowa. Any eligible applicant may submit an application that includes one or more partners and may apply on behalf of multiple cities or an entire county if the county is one of the 88 least-populous counties in Iowa.

Pre-Application Information:

- October 1: Application Window Opens. Application available through
- December 1: Application Deadline. Deadline to apply for funding is 11:59 p.m.
- December 22: Funding Decision Notification. Applicants notified of decisions by Dec. 22.
- January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023: Funding Period.

Applicants must submit an application via, the online application portal.

Applications must provide $5,000 cash match.

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

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

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For questions, please contact Rural Community Revitalization Program Manager Liesl Seabert at 515.348.6154 or

Iowa Economic Development Authority
1963 Bell Avenue, Suite 200
Des Moines, Iowa 50315 USA

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