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Ames Community Grant awarded to 28 local organizations

February 16, 2022

The Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau (Ames CVB) has announced the recipients of the 2022 Community Grant Program.

More than $86,000 was awarded to 28 organizations for events and activities occurring in calendar year 2022. This is the 16th year of the Community Grant Program. In total, the Ames CVB has awarded $1,045,358 in grants.

The Ames CVB established the Community Grant Program to support a wide range of events and activities that are open to the public. Grants are awarded annually on the basis of merit as determined by the Ames CVB Grant Committee and are administered by the Ames CVB.

Grant 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.

2022 Ames CVB Community Grant recipients

Ames History Museum Community Ice Cream Social

Ames Main Street Community Grant

Community Singalong, sponsored by Ames Community Theater (ACTORS)

Run for the Roses, sponsored by Alpha Omicron Pi and Ames Area Running Club

Ames Main Street Farmers Market

Ames Pridefest 2022


Dancenter Dancer Showcase

Youth Strings Showcase, presented by Friends of Ames Strings and ISU Dept. of Music & Theatre

Friendship Ark’s 5K on the 4th

Ames Grand Prix, sponsored by India Cultural Association of Central Iowa

State Games of America and Athlete Tailgate, organized by Iowa Sports Foundation

Community Service Day, sponsored by ISU Campus Service Council

Tribute to 8-Track Music by KHOI Radio and Stephens Auditorium

Maximum Ames Music Festival

Octagon Art Festival

Reiman Gardens’ Spirits in the Gardens

Senior Variety Show

Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games

Goldfinch on the Lawn, presented by Stephens Auditorium

Story County Medical Center Relay Race

Shrek the Musical, Jr., presented by Story Theatre Company

The Collective Mending Sessions by Threadit &

Amber Cowan Exhibition at University Museums

Iowa State University Winterfest

Independence Day Fireworks, presented by Ames CVB

Apply for 2023 grants

Organizations are encouraged to apply for 2023 grants. The application period will open this spring, and applications are due Oct. 14, 2022.

Applications are accepted from public and private organizations who demonstrate the ability to complete the proposed event or activity. Events can be cultural, educational, recreational, or artistic. The grant program is designed to encourage wide participation and innovative proposals.

To apply, organizations must complete the grant application form. The Ames CVB Community Grant Committee will review applications and make recommendations to the Ames CVB Board of Directors for final approval.

For more information about the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program go to




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