OPEN: Matching Grant Program

One 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 opportunities to assist eligible institutions in meeting matching or cost-sharing requirements for funding opportunities in response to federal, nonprofit, or private-sector solicitations, with the goal to attract new funding to the state of Iowa.

Matching funds may be approved for externally sponsored projects under either of the following conditions:

  • Cost share or matching funds are required by the sponsor;
  • Cost share or matching funds are recommended and rewarded by the sponsor.

Subject to the availability of funding, the Energy Center will set aside $800,000 to commit funding for approximately 10 matching grants. Proposals for matching grant commitments will be considered during the period September 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. The Energy Center will not commit funding beyond the amount required by the external sponsor. The Energy Center will commit up to 20 percent cost share against the total external funding expected to come to Iowa each year throughout a multi-year project up to five years. Matching funds may not be carried over from year to year. The maximum commitment from the Energy Center will be $200,000 per year of the project. For multi-year projects, each year’s Energy Center funding is contingent upon successful renewal of the external award.

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