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Rural Scale-Up Grant Program

Supporting creative solutions addressing issues and challenges faced by rural communities

The Rural Scale-Up Grant program aims to support the replication and spread of creative solutions that are addressing current issues and challenges faced by rural communities. This program is a result of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative.

In 2020, the Center for Rural Revitalization, a division of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), launched the Rural Innovation Grant program, supporting creative and unique solutions to rural challenges. Over the past three funding cycles, grant recipients have illustrated best practices that are now primed for sharing across the state. Funding from the Scale-Up Grant program will assist other communities with the opportunity to implement these solutions.

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  • Iowa businesses, colleges and universities, city or county government, federally tax-exempt nonprofit agencies and foundations
  • Applicants that are not a local government must include a letter of support from the mayor or a resolution from the city council.
  • Projects/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. If a countywide project, must be in one of the 88 least populous counties.
  • Application Window Opens June 28, 2023 on
  • Please review the Grant Guidelines found in the Resources area below for additional information on eligibility requirements, use of funding, reporting requirements and the review process. A copy of the scoring rubric has also been provided.
  • The deadline to apply for funding is 11:59 p.m., August 30, 2023. Applicants must submit applications via, the online application portal. Applications will not be accepted in any other format. Late, incomplete or ineligible applications will not be accepted. Applicants must create a login to view the full application for the program.
For more information, contact:

Liesl Seabert