• [ April 8, 2015 ]
  • Funding Opportunity: Iowa Energy Center Special-Project Grant Program


The Iowa Energy Center has announced a Special-Project Grant funding opportunity for activities that do not readily fit within other Energy Center grant programs . The Energy Center is seeking proposals for work that will have high impact and statewide value.

The broad objective of the Energy Center through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to fund projects aimed at any of the four economic outcome areas that the Energy Center supports: innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization, workforce development, and educated citizenry. Such projects would include public education or training events, conferences, and seminars with statewide reach. This FOA will not support marketing or promotional campaigns for commercial products or services, nor will it fund policy advocacy activities.

Key Features of the Funding Opportunity Announcement

  • Cost Share Requirement: No matching funds are required.
  • Eligible Applicants: Iowa’s educational institutions and Iowa-registered private nonprofit organizations and foundations.
  • Funding: The Energy Center will set aside a total of $33,500 to commit to funding approximately 7 special-project grants. Typical awards will be less than $5,000 and shall not exceed $15,000.
  • Duration: All projects must be completed by June 30, 2016.
  • Deadline for Full Applications: Proposals for special-project grants will be accepted April 6, 2015, through June 30, 2015. Proposals must be received at least five weeks prior to the date the funds are needed.

Before submitting proposals, applicants are advised to review the following guidelines for project submissions. A proposal should:

  1. Help in one of the four economic outcome areas that the Energy Center supports.
  2. Have high and enduring impact with respect to the Iowa Energy Center’s statutory mission.
  3. Have wide-ranging, statewide value. For example, Energy Center funds could be used to turn a local seminar into a webinar that all Iowans could attend.
  4. Make a large difference relative to existing funding from other sources.
  5. Be of a nature not currently supported by other Iowa Energy Center .

Proposal Requirements

Proposals should not exceed 5 pages (including the cover page and budget form). Proposals must be submitted by e-mail to . Proposals shall not contain any confidential or proprietary information. Each proposal must contain a completed and signed cover page, a project narrative, a budget, and letters of commitment.

Questions should be addressed to Mark C. Petri, Director of the Iowa Energy Center, at:

To find out more about project reporting, the proposal evaluation, applicant notification and more visit:

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