A range of local, state and federal grant programs are available throughout the year.  A few websites offer info, including Iowa Grants.govGrantFinder, and  www.grants.gov. You could also check out the Iowa Grants Guide, a database of nearly 700 funders in Iowa or with an Iowa connection.

Local grants:

State grants:

Other grants:

  • The U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award is a grant awarded to entrepreneurs who are female and/or people of color and who are building innovative companies that benefit the environment, create jobs, and drive economic development. Recipients of the Cleantech Inclusion Award receive a non-recourse grant of $25,000, 12-months of business mentorship from U.S. Bank Foundation and Evergreen Climate Innovations, and heightened exposure to both investors and potential customers.
  • T-Mobile's Hometown Grant program takes new applications quarterly. The Spring applications open in January and close in March. Grants up to $50,000 are available for projects in towns with 50,000 people or fewer.
  • Templeton Rye Entrepreneur's grant - For those who are motivated to do something great, the fuel comes from within. Templeton Distillery wants to help ignite the spark of three small businesses by awarding them each a $10,000 entrepreneur’s grant to help their flame grow brighter than ever.
  • Build with Bags program
  • Walmart Local Community Grants - The 2022 grant cycle begins Feb. 1, 2022 and the application deadline is Dec. 31, 2022.
  • Costco - accepts and reviews funding requests throughout the year on a rolling basis, and organizations are eligible to submit one application per fiscal year (Sep-Aug).
  • FedEx Small Business Grant Contest - The 2022 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest deadline has passed.
  • 2022 AARP Community Challenge - The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more.
  • Casey's
  • Lewis Drug
  • Pizza Hut
  • Dollar General
  • Pizza Ranch
  • US Bank
  • Wellmark
  • Alliant Energy
    • Giving for Good sponsorship program: Alliant is merging its Corporate Sponsorships and Community Grants into a new, single program: Giving for Good and will no longer have spring and fall grant cycle deadlines. The application will be open year-round and reviewed monthly.
    • New! Impact Grants: Alliant is taking a more intentional approach to its charity and community support through a new Impact Grants program. These larger grants will support high-impact projects that align with our company strategy. If you are interested in exploring an Impact Grant, please complete the pre-application form and Alliant staff will follow up to discuss next steps.
  • State Farm
  • Grinnell Mutual
  • John Deere

Federal grants: