January 16, 2023 | Application Window Opens
Application available through IowaGrants.gov
Januar23, 2023 | Grant Informational Webinar
Register for the Monday, January 23 webinar at 10 a.m. CT. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the grant website.
February 2, 2023 | NowForce Technology Demo
Register for the Thursday, February 2 demo on NowForce at 2p.m. CT.
February 7, 2023 | Carbyne Technology Demo
Register for the Tuesday, January 7 demo with Carbyne at 2 p.m. CT.
February 9, 2023 | LOGIS Technology Demo
Register for the Thursday, January 9 demo with LOGIS at 2 p.m. CT.
February 16, 2023 | Training Vendors
Register for the Thursday, January 16 training vendors webinar at 2 p.m. CT to learn about potential partners available to train new volunteers.
March 1, 2023 | Pre-Application Deadline
Deadline to submit a required pre-application indicating intent to apply for funding is 11:59 p.m., March 1, 2023.
May 1, 2023 | Application Deadline
Deadline to submit an application for funding is
11:59 p.m., Monday, May 1, 2023.
June 30, 2023 | Funding Decision Notification
Applicants notified of funding decisions by
June 30, 2023.
July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024 | Funding Period
All project activities and incurred expenses must occur within the eligible contracted funding period of
July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024. Funding is awarded on a reimbursement basis after expenses have been incurred for approved project activities.
Grant Request Amount
Applicants may request funding for eligible one-time project expenses incurred and expended within the eligible funding period.
· Grant Award: $50,000
Applicants are required to demonstrate investment in the project by providing a minimum of 1:1/2 cash match, or $25,000. The match must be secured, dedicated to eligible expenses, a legitimate part of the proposed pilot project and must be expended within the eligible funding period. The match requirement may be raised through a combination of public and private sources but may not include in-kind donations of goods or services, unsecured funding or loans. While the minimum match requirement is 1:1/2, competitive proposals will demonstrate broad-based financial support for the project and public funding sources adequately leveraged to seek and obtain private dollars.
· Cash match constitutes actual cash contributed to direct project expenses by the applicant or other funding sources.
All project activities and incurred expenses must occur within the eligible contracted funding period of
July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024. Funding is awarded to grant recipients on a reimbursement basis after expenses have been incurred for approved project activities within the eligible funding period. Expenses incurred before or after the eligible funding period are not eligible for reimbursement.
Disbursement of Funds
Disbursements will be made on a reimbursement basis. Disbursement claims must be for an amount equal to or greater than $500 per request. All claims must be made through IowaGrants.gov. When submitting a claim, the following items are required:
- An invoice, including:
- Detailed description of expenditures and corresponding amounts.
- Product invoices and proof of payment for any equipment, supplies or materials purchased.
- Receipts for any Iowa travel expenses.
- Invoices and proof of payment for any subcontractor payments.
- Timesheets for any personnel time requested.
- IEDA may request additional documentation as needed.
- A status report for the claim period. Status reports must be received once per quarter. If no funds are requested, recipients should still file a status report.
In the application, the applicant shall provide a timeline and the goals and objectives by which to measure the success of the project. The recipients’ success will be measured based on the progress towards the completion of each goal or objective as outlined in the application.
Each quarter, the recipient must provide an update on the percentage towards completion of each goal or objective and a narrative of the activities taken place in support of the goal or objective.
Recipients shall also provide a narrative description of any deviations from the proposed timeline, tasks and objectives during the reporting period. If the reported deviations will have an impact on the remainder of the project, the recipient must also notify the program manager via email.
- The final report will be submitted via IowaGrants.gov within 120 days of the project completion date.
- IEDA will withhold 5% of project funds until the final report is received and approved by the program manager.
- The final report shall contain the following:
- Executive Summary
- Timeline for the completion of each goal or objective
- Narrative description of grant activities undertaken to support the project
- Narrative description of project achievements
- Benefit the end product provides or will provide
- Budget narrative, detailing how funds were spent to support the project
- Narrative description of any deviation from the original budget, timeline or any grant activity
Iowa for-profit businesses, city or county government, and nonprofit organizations and foundations are eligible to apply. A single entity must be selected to serve as the primary applicant for grant funding applications; however, the project should include collaboration between a consortium of partners. The selected primary applicant must meet the definition of eligible applicant. The applicant will be responsible for submitting eligible material during the funding application process and will be the entity legally obligated to the terms of an agreement if awarded funding. Partners and collaborating entities are not subject to the eligibility requirements but may be subject to financial and programmatic review during the selection process.
- Projects/programs must exist in and benefit a community in Iowa with a population of 20,000 or fewer and not contiguous (sharing a common border) to a city with a population of 40,000 or greater.
- If a county-wide project, must be one of the 88 least populous counties in Iowa.
- Any eligible applicant may submit an application that includes one or more partners.
- Any eligible applicant will be allowed to submit one application per funding announcement. An applicant who has applied as the principal entity for an application may also be named as a partner on additional applications submitted but may not be named as a primary entity.
- Federally tax-exempt nonprofit organization incorporated and physically located in Iowa.
- Physical location of the organization is defined as maintaining a current home office and registered agent address in Iowa defined by Iowa Code 490.501, as well as maintaining a primary staff presence physically located and working in Iowa.
- Unit of local, county or federally recognized tribal government physically located in Iowa.
- For-profit corporation or business located in Iowa.
- A business will be considered an Iowa business if the business is incorporated in the state of Iowa or authorized to do business in the state of Iowa.
Eligible Project Requirements
Project requirements for Rural EMS Pilot Grant awards include, but are not limited to the following:
- Applicant shall demonstrate eligibility.
- Applicant shall submit a pre-application and be invited to submit a final application.
- Applicant shall demonstrate the capacity for pilot implementation and grant administration.
- Application shall demonstrate the feasibility of completing the proposed activities with the funds requested and contract period.
- Applicant shall identify qualitative and quantitative measures of success.
- Applicant must guarantee a minimal level of training for all volunteers – see “Level of Training” section.
- Applicant must provide information on the recruitment and equipping of volunteers.
- Applicant must partner with one of the three approved technology vendors – see “Technology Vendors” section.
- Application shall identify and describe any other sources of funding for the proposed activities.
- Applicant shall identify all strategic and fiscal partners.
- Applications must provide at least $25,000 cash match.
Grant funds can be used to purchase go-bags and appropriate equipment and materials to support responders. AEDs shall be a required piece of equipment for the bag. In the event of supply delays, grantee may implement pilot program with proof of purchase of equipment as outlined in their application or contract agreement.
Pilot grantees will receive free access to the technology platform from one of three pre-selected vendors. Applicants are encouraged to attend the three technology demos offered by each company prior to selecting their preferred option in the application.
The partner companies selected for this pilot project include:
Pilot grantees are responsible for recruiting, training, and equipping all volunteers. At a minimum, pilot grantees are expected to perform a background check on all volunteers. Applications should identify plans for marketing and partner organizations, including intent to provide a distribution of volunteers throughout applicant area. Sources to consider for recruitment include but are not limited to the following: local high school students; local university or community college students; local medical and nursing professionals; local police and fire; local veterans and national guard members; major local employers; city and school employees; and local nonprofit or industry organizations (e.g., local farm bureau, ag co-ops, chambers of commerce, churches).
Applicants may identify existing trained volunteers or staff, but a stronger application includes a plan for recruitment of new volunteers to participate in the pilot.
LEVEL OF TRAINING
Pilot grantees must meet a minimal level of training for all volunteers, to be administered by the entity identified in their application. Volunteers must receive Basic Life Support training, including first aid, CPR, the use of an AED, as well as bleeding control training. Example of training entities include but are not limited to: the American Heart Association, Red Cross, or regional community colleges.
Eligible Use of Funding
Rural Enrichment Grants support one-time, direct project expenses that are essential to the completion of the proposed project. The grant request must be dedicated to eligible one-time, direct project expenses, legitimate parts of the proposed project, and must be incurred and expended within the eligible funding period. Applicants that include ineligible expenses in the grant request will be considered ineligible.
Eligible grant request expenses include direct project costs such as:
- Volunteer Training Costs
- Equipment for Volunteer Responders
- Personnel Time Dedicated to the Project* (e.g., planning, execution, evaluation time)
- Professional Services
*Applicant must demonstrate how personnel time is specifically dedicated to the proposed project. Personnel benefits are not eligible.
Ineligible Project Activities and Expenses
The Rural EMS Pilot Grant Program does not support ongoing expenses for existing programs or projects.
Ineligible expenses include, but are not limited to:
- International or domestic travel (outside of Iowa)
- Routine, reoccurring maintenance
- Ongoing utilities
- Budget shortfalls
- Fundraising or benefit event activities
- Lobbying activity
- Prizes and awards
Online Application Submission
Applicants must apply via IowaGrants.gov, an online application portal. Applications will not be accepted in any other format. Late, incomplete, or ineligible applications will not be accepted. Applicants must create a login to view the full application for the program.
Pre-Applications will be reviewed for completion and eligibility. Applicants will be notified and invited to submit a full application.
Full applications will be reviewed for completion, eligibility and adherence to published guidelines. Applications are reviewed as submitted. New application information or subsequent application clarification submitted after a program deadline is not considered unless requested by the review panel. Eligible applications will be referred to a competitive review by a volunteer panel that includes the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative Task Force members and expert professionals (grant review committee). The grant review committee reserves the right to recommend conditional funding. Funding recommendations will be submitted by the committee to the executive director of the IEDA for consideration and approval. The applicant’s authorized official will receive award notification. All funding decisions are final.
Applications must demonstrate evidence of the following:
- Applicant is an eligible candidate and submitted a pre-application.
- Funding request meets eligible project and expense requirements.
- Request includes proof of at least $25,000 cash match for grant request.
- Project duration does not exceed contract period.
- Application is complete and submitted through IowaGrants.gov.
- Primary Applicant is not named as Primary Applicant on any other applications; however, can be named as partners on additional applications.