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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits, For-Profits, Individuals, Agencies, and Cooperatives for Programs that Benefit the Agricultural Sector

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Geographic Focus

USA: Iowa

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Choose Iowa Marketing and Promotion Grant Program

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship - Choose Iowa


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #199275

Grant Description

Grants of up to $25,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations, businesses, individuals, government agencies, and agricultural cooperatives for programs that enhance the agricultural sector. Funding is intended for activities and services that add value to agricultural products, enable new technologies, increase production capacity, and support alternative marketing strategies to expand market access.

Projects must:

  • Increase sales of Iowa agricultural products by increasing production capacity or expanding market access for value-added projects
  • Be in good standing with the State of Iowa
  • Currently reside or conduct business in Iowa

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Purchase and installation of equipment used in the production of value-added agricultural products
  • Creamery or milk product processing and packaging equipment
  • Food hub development or expansion
  • Direct to consumer technology
  • Cooler walls and refrigeration units
  • Grading, packing, labeling, packaging, or sorting equipment
  • Refrigerated trucks to access new markets
  • Food processing short courses and workshops

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
- Be an individual, business, agricultural cooperative, non-profit organization, or local government.
- Be in good standing with the State of Iowa
- Currently reside or conduct business in Iowa

Ineligible Expenses:
- Equipment and infrastructure for meat processing (funding available through IEDA)
- Infrastructure for renewable fuels (funding available through IDALS-RFIP)
- Expenses incurred prior to grant award
- Start-up costs such as inventory, license fees, working capital, etc.
- Advertising, public relations, entertainment, and costs
- Employee wages and benefits
- Paying off existing debt, related collection costs, or legal costs
- Paying off existing fines, penalties, or settlements from failure to comply with laws or regulations

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on December 15, 2022.

Timeline:
- Grant program announced/applications sought: October 2022
- Grant application deadline: December 15, 2022
- Committee scores applications: December 2022/January 2023
- Awardees announced: January/February 2023
- Funds dispersed to awardees: By reimbursement

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant awards shall not exceed $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may not be in progress until a grant is awarded and must be completed in 18 months or less.

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://data.iowaagriculture.gov/grantapp/

Direct questions to chooseiowagrant@iowaagriculture.gov

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
502 E 9th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-5321

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