Prime Partner


Iowa Area Development Group (IADG)

provides an invaluable contribution by helping rural communities and counties get started utilizing Iowa’s new community foundation incentives


Aureon delivers telephony, core network transport, Internet, dedicated fiber, Internet Protocol video, data center facilities, network management, technical support and call center services, information technology, HR outsourcing and staffing to communications companies and enterprise businesses. Aureon is the new name for the Iowa Network Services Family of Companies.

U.S. Resources


Department of Agriculture (USDA)

provides loan and grant funding to rural projects through qualified local utility providers. The USDA seeds revolving loan funds that can be tapped for eligible projects and maintains a map of the funds throughout Iowa

Small Business Administration (SBA)

offers loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses

is where you’ll find and apply for federal grants

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

works directly with local economic development officials to make grant investments that are well-defined, timely, and linked to a long-term, sustainable economic development strategy

U.S. Department of Commerce

works with businesses, universities, communities and workers to promote job creation, economic growth and sustainable development, and improved standards of living for Americans

U.S. SourceLink

connects business development resources to each other and to a national network of best practices — all to help communities create jobs, accelerate business and strengthen local economies

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

supports a number of grant, loan and financing programs to help; whether you are a startup energy business looking to launch a pilot project, a company with proven technology that needs help reaching commercial scale, or a state, local or tribal government looking for funding resources for energy projects

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

offers "Resources for Local Officials and Community Members", a one-stop directory for local government officials and community members seeking to address today's complex environmental challenges at the local level

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

awards grants to organizations and groups for a variety of purposes. To participate in the HUD grants program, you need to be registered with

Iowa Resources


Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)

administers several state and federal programs to assist individuals, communities and businesses

Small Business Development Centers

provide free, confidential, customized, professional business advice in all 99 Iowa counties to entrepreneurs and existing businesses with 500 employees or less. 


helps small businesses in Iowa grow and succeed by providing free, easy access to the help they need — when they need it. A network of 360+ nonprofit resource organizations provide business-building services, some direct services, no-charge market research assistance, helpful referrals, and monthly free online business webinars

Iowa Finance Authority (IFA)

offers programs addressing multifamily rental and single-family homeownership; assists in community development, including the issuance of tax-exempt bonds to provide the lowest cost funds for drinking water and wastewater facilities in Iowa; and Title Guaranty, offering guarantee title to real property in Iowa

Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

carries out state and federal laws that protect air, land and water through technical assistance, permitting and compliance programs

Community & Economic Development Program Builder

serves Iowa communities as a 21st century online clearinghouse for economic development services including convenient access to training, technicians and services to address local needs

Iowa Department of Transportation

provides funding through the RISE program for critically needed street improvements for company expansions and relocations

Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF)

engages the public with architecture and design through community-design charrettes for community enhancement projects

Delta Dental of Iowa

funds projects - through its Public Benefit Programs - that promote oral health, advance the career of dentistry, provide care to those who might otherwise go without it, and so much more

The Iowa Energy Center (ISU)

serves Iowans through reliable, objective tools, and information – resources to serve energy consumers and innovators

Community Vitality Center (CVC at ISU)

facilitates networking among small and medium-size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialogue and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests

 Local Resources


Greater Des Moines Community Foundation

supports nonprofits by connecting donors with important community causes providing professional training and development opportunities to strengthen nonprofit boards and organizations, offering endowment management and accounting services to increase efficiency and awarding strategic grants

Community Foundations through Endow Iowa

Community foundations are nonprofit organizations established to meet the current and future needs of our local communities. Iowa Community Foundations are cooperative and collaborative organizations working together to build local philanthropy with a focus on creating endowments for the long-term benefit of our individual communities' charitable projects and programs.

Iowa West Foundation

awards funds for various community projects of governmental entities or nonprofit organizations

Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc.

has embraced corporate responsibility by awarding more than $100 million to nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in the communities where its employees work and live


Formerly the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care, through its Telegen Community Initiative, provides philanthropic support to innovative health and community-based projects throughout Iowa and Illinois.