OPEN: Planning Grant Program

An objective of the Iowa Energy Center is to help Iowa organizations be more successful in attracting external funding that supports projects related to energy research, development, demonstration, deployment, education, and workforce development. With that objective in mind, the Energy Center is seeking proposals for planning grants that will help facilitate applicants’ preparation of proposals in response to major federal, nonprofit, or private-sector solicitations. An Energy Center award would provide funding for activities specifically aimed at bringing potential partners together to strategize, plan, or execute a response to a known or likely external funding opportunity. Activities might include travel to gather prospective (in-state and out-of-state) team members or to meet with sponsors; focused strategy, planning, and proposal -writing workshops; and workshop facilitation.

Subject to the availability of funding, the Energy Center will set aside $50,000 to award up to 15 planning grants through June 30, 2015. Typical awards will be less than $3,000 and shall not exceed $5,000. No matching funds are required.

For questions or additional information, please email Patty Prouty or call our Ames office at 515-294-8819.