The Discover Ames Community Grant Program was established to support a wide range of events and activities that are open to the general public. Grants are awarded annually on the basis of merit as determined by the Discover Ames Grant Committee and administered by Discover Ames.
Funds are available to develop events and activities that improve the quality of life for Ames residents and have the potential to attract visitors to the Ames area or enhance a visitor’s experience. Potential grants can be cultural, educational, recreational or artistic.
Applications are accepted from public and private organizations who demonstrate the ability to complete the proposed event or activity. The grant program is designed to encourage wide participation and innovative proposals.
Potential grant recipients are required to complete a grant application form. The Discover Ames Community Grant Committee will meet during the fourth quarter of each year to review applications for the upcoming year. The committee will review the submitted application forms and make their recommendation to the Discover Ames Board of Directors for final approval. Applicants may be asked to provide additional information during the screening process.
Below you’ll find additional information about the Discover Ames Community Grant Program. Applications for 2023 grants are now being accepted. You’ll find the application form at the link below. The deadline for submission is Friday Oct. 14, 2022.
To be considered for funding, events/activities must meet the minimum grant requirements. The review committee will rate applications based on the following criteria:
Event: Something that occurs in a certain place during a particular time and holds significance to the Ames area.
Activity: An organized, supervised, extracurricular and recreational occasion that is beneficial to the Ames area and its residents