Grants and Funding

The Iowa Energy Center conducts and sponsors energy-related research and projects through three programs:

Competitive Grants

The Iowa Energy Center provides competitive grants to Iowa-based nonprofit groups to support work related to energy research, development, demonstration, deployment, education, and workforce development. Eligible grantees include Iowa’s universities, colleges, nonprofit energy organizations, and community-based groups. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis through periodic requests for proposals (RFPs).

In the fall of 2016, the Energy Center will release an RFP for the new Energy Education and Workforce Development grant program. The Iowa Energy Center seeks to provide Iowa students and adult learners with practical and credible energy education that contributes to the environmental, social, and economic well-being of Iowans. Under this grant program, the Energy Center will fund projects that create energy education content that can be distributed widely in the state. Examples include train-the-trainer workshops and online lessons and courses that target K-12 students or college students. An Energy Center award would fund, among other things, curriculum development and online adaption, instructional design, supporting workshops and promotional materials, and independent education evaluation. A tentative RFP can be found here. For more information about this RFP, please email

Click here to download a handbook to help you through the grant application process and provide more information about our programs.

For background on past and current Iowa Energy Center  grantees, please visit our grant and research library.

Youth and Energy Scholarships

The Energy Center awards scholarships to Iowa high school students at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa for exceptional energy-related projects. Scholarship funds will be provided directly to the college of the student’s choice.

Loan Program (AERLP)

The Alternate Energy Revolving Loan Program (AERLP) is a zero interest financing program encouraging the construction of renewable energy production facilities in Iowa.