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 approximately 12 planning grants between September 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. Typical awards will be less than $5,000 and shall not exceed $8,000. No matching funds are required.

For those interested in applying for a grant, please click here to fill out an online application.

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

*Starting September 1, 2015, all proposals must be submitted through the Iowa Energy Center’s Online Grant Management System

Request for Proposal [PDF]