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Third Round of Iowa Energy Center Competitive Grant Program Opens

February 11, 2021

For more information contact: 

Kanan Kappelman, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Phone: 515.348.6248

Third Round of Iowa Energy Center Competitive Grant Program Opens

February 11, 2021 (DES MOINES) – The Iowa Energy Center (IEC) Board and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced the opening of the third round of the IEC Grant Program at today’s IEC quarterly board meeting. Designed to facilitate energy-related economic development in Iowa, the program will begin accepting pre-applications today. Submissions must support projects and initiatives that align with the Iowa Energy Plan and IEC’s activities and will be accepted through until March 19.

The IEC Grant Program is funded by gas and electric utilities across Iowa and open to Iowa businesses, colleges, universities and private nonprofit agencies and foundations. The program supports projects that provide a benefit to Iowa’s residential and commercial customers. Projects must also aid in the implementation of at least one of the seven key focus areas of the Iowa Energy Plan: technology-based research and development, energy workforce development, support for rural and underserved areas, biomass conversion, natural gas expansion in underserved areas, electric grid modernization and alternative fuel vehicles.

Grant awards will range from $10,000 to $1,000,000, however, most grants awarded will be in the $150,000-$300,000 range. The IEC Board makes at least one funding announcement per fiscal year, and the application process includes both a pre-application and application phase. The updated program Policies and Procedures Handbook and Pre-Application Guide are available online.

For additional program information, please contact Amber Buckingham at 515.348.6222 or or visit


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