Iowa Tourism Grant Program

Iowa Tourism Grant Program

Funding provided to promote tourism in Iowa by funding tourism-related marketing initiatives and meetings, events, and professional development efforts that benefit local economies around the state and the state’s economy. Applications are available annually, and preference will be given to those that support the overall marketing plan of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) in terms of its target audiences and messaging.

Eligible Project Criteria

All project expenses (grant request plus cash match) must directly relate to the implementation of a tourism-related marketing initiative, meeting, or event and expenses must be incurred within the calendar year (January 2023 – December 2023).

Additional Requirements and Information

Awards range from $2,500 to $5,000.

All funds requested must be whole numbers between $2,500 to $10,000 and be in increments of $100. (i.e., $2,500; $2,600; $2,700; etc.)

A 25 percent cash match is required.

This is a reimbursement program.

Examples of eligible expenses include:

Costs associated with executing marketing tactics and strategies, including planning, design and production of advertising, print materials, digital tools and exhibits for consumer-focused tradeshows.
Payments to speakers or entertainers, venue rental and equipment rental for tourism-related educational meetings or events.

To read the full list of ITG guidelines, visit:



Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be a tourism-related entity based in Iowa, including:

– Nonprofit organizations
– For-profit organizations
– Cities
– Counties
– Regional governments
– Regional planning organizations

Applicants may submit one application per funding cycle. The same project cannot receive funding from the ITG program two years in a row.

Application Deadline

September 27, 2023

Award Announcement

Notification of awarded funding will take place shortly after the application goes through a review process.

Contact Person

Stephanie Neppl & Lora Friest Tourism Liaisons
Iowa Economic Development Authority/Tourism
Phone: (515) 348 – 6258