Prairie Rivers of Iowa Receives Iowa Tourism Grant for Hamilton County Conservation Board Marketing:

Dear Iowa Tourism Grants Program applicants:

Thanks to each of you for your application(s) to the Iowa Tourism Grants Program. As you may know, this was the inaugural year for the program, which means we learned lessons and found many areas for improvement along the way. Please know that in FY15, the process will be much smoother and much less hurried. Thanks for your patience.

The first year of the program also offered a great opportunity to take your input and craft opportunities for funding in new areas and in areas where you said financial assistance was most needed. The second page of this document shows the members of the Iowa Grant Guidelines Committee. Please thank them for their work to develop the program’s parameters. Additionally, 25 of your tourism industry peers took a great deal of time to review the grant applications and determine the successful applicants. They, too, should be commended for their efforts.

In total, we received more than 200 applications requesting more than $641,000 in grants. We were thrilled with your response to the program! Thank you.

The successful applicants are listed here. Congratulations to each of you.

This week we will send official correspondence by ground mail to successful applicants notifying you of next steps and to unsuccessful applicants.

Again, we appreciate your support, patience and excitement for this program. Please look for information soon about how you can provide input to help shape future grant opportunities.

Thank you.
Shawna Lode | Manager
Iowa Tourism Office