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Iowa Energy Center

Competitive Grants


The Iowa Energy Center will not be accepting proposals for any of its grant programs until further notice. 

The Iowa Energy Center allocates more than $2 million annually to support energy-related projects and research in Iowa. Eligible grantees include Iowa’s educational institutions and Iowa-registered private nonprofit organizations and foundations.

Support for Projects Targeting New Funding from Outside Iowa:

The Iowa Energy Center has competitive grant programs 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. Through the planning, opportunity and matching grant programs, the Energy Center expects to leverage its resources to have a more significant impact on the environmental, social, and economic well-being of Iowans.

When Iowa organizations give thought to external funding opportunities being offered by industry, government agencies, non-government organizations, international agencies, or other sponsors, the Iowa Energy Center can assist in three ways. First, our planning grants will 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. Those activities could include travel to gather prospective team members or to meet with sponsors; focused strategy, planning, and proposal-writing workshops; and workshop facilitation.

Second, our opportunity grants will support near-term projects, such as proof-of-concept tests, early experimentation, economic viability analyses, preliminary studies, and comprehensive literature surveys necessary to strengthen Iowa proposals to external funding agencies.

Finally, our matching grants will assist eligible institutions in meeting matching or cost-sharing requirements for external funding opportunities. Under this program, the Energy Center will commit up to 20 percent in matching funds against the total external money expected to come to Iowa, with a maximum award of $200,000 per year of the external project.

Direct Support from the Iowa Energy Center for Projects with High Impact and Statewide Value:

The Iowa Energy Center’s grant programs support Iowa groups that provide reliable, objective information on energy and efficiency options.

Under the education and workforce development 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 award would fund, among other things, curriculum development and online adaption, instructional design, supporting workshops and promotional materials, and independent education evaluation.

For activities that do not readily fit within other Energy Center grant programs, the center’s special-project grant program is seeking proposals for public education activities that will have high impact and statewide value, including events, publications, web development, studies, workshops, and technology demonstrations.

The Energy Center will not fund marketing or promotional campaigns for commercial products or services, nor will it fund policy advocacy activities.

The Iowa Energy Center will not be accepting proposals for any of its grant programs until further notice. 


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

Forms and Other Resources

Grant and Research Library
To access current and past grant recipients and reports, please visit our grant and research library.