With more than $7,578.00 million dollars in grants and additional local government funding sources of $5,033.00 million dollars, the majority of the federal budget in government grants is put into the business sector every year as small businesses and large corporations are the foundation of the economic growth in Iowa. There are 63,720 business establishments in the state of Iowa, and they break down to the following:

Iowa Business Sector Breakdown by Size:

  • 36,263 registered businesses in Iowa have 0 to 4 employees. People who work at home with sole proprietorship are included in this breakdown.
  • 11,070 registered businesses in Iowa have 5 to 9 employees.
  • 7,040 registered businesses in Iowa have 10-19 employees.
  • 5,942 registered businesses in Iowa have 20-99 employees.
  • 1,651 registered businesses in Iowa have 100 to 499 employees.
  • Over 1,754 registered businesses in Iowa have over 500 employees.

Iowa Business Sector Breakdown in Service Industries:

  • 6,263 registered businesses in Iowa are in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector.
  • 3,624 registered businesses in Iowa are in the Administrative, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services sector.
  • 6,903 registered businesses in Iowa are in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.
  • More than 9,208 registered businesses in Iowa are also service orientated businesses but are not categorized to the above sectors.

If you are in the farming industry, you may be eligible to apply for small business grants as well. There are more than 93,000 farms in the state of Iowa.

Starting and managing a small business in Iowa is not an easy task. Over $43,832,368,000.00 US dollars are paid to employee salaries/payroll alone in the state of Iowa and more than 10,365 businesses declare bankruptcy every single year. Although the federal government does not publically provide grants for starting and expanding a business, in Iowa, some small business grants are given to business owners to start and grow their ventures, and grant recipients do not have to pay back the funding from government. Therefore, it makes sense to look into small business grants as one of your sources to fund your business.

To apply for business grants in Iowa, contact Iowa financial aid agencies, or

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Current online applicants in Iowa are browsing from the following cities: Sheffield, Amana, Fenton, Waukon, Lisbon, Armstrong, Chelsea, Aurelia, Castana, Plymouth

Recent State Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of opportunities recently published in the local state:

Funding Opportunity
Iowa Partners for Conservation (IPC) Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Announcement for Program Funding (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS IA IPC 22 NOFO0001131
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $1,500,000
Iowa Partners for Conservation (IPC) Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Announcement for Program Funding (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS IA IPC 21 NOFO0001069
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $1,500,000
Announcement for Program Funding for NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2021 – Iowa (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS IA CIG 21 NOFO0001071
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Amount: $100,000
Nitrate Reduction Potential via Reservoir Water Level Management in Central Iowa (apply)

Funding Number: W81EWF 21 SOI 0001
Agency: Department of Defense, Engineer Research and Development Center
Category: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Amount: $50,000
Waterbird and vegetation response to reservoir water management in central Iowa (apply)

Funding Number: W81EWF 21 SOI 0002
Agency: Department of Defense, Dept. of the Army -- Corps of Engineers
Category: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Amount: $55,000
Community Supervision Report Card in the Iowa Department of Corrections (apply)

Funding Number: 20CS13
Agency: Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections
Category: Other (see text field entitled Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity for clarification)
Funding Amount: $50,000
Announcement for Program Funding for NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 – Iowa (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS IA CIG 20 NOFO0001007
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Amount: $100,000
Iowa Partners for Conservation (IPC) Fiscal Year (FY) (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS IA IPC 20 GEN0010749
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $1,500,000
Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Grantee -- States of Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2020 ACF OHS CM R12 1798
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $64,910,486
Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- Dubuque, Delaware and Jackson Counties, Iowa (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2020 ACF OHS CH R07 1796
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $2,157,904

 

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