Iowa Energy Center Grant Program

Agency: Iowa Grants
State: Iowa
Type of Government: State & Local
Category:
  • U - Education and Training Services
Posted: Feb 22, 2022
Due: Jun 10, 2022
Solicitation No: 230028
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-230028-Iowa Energy Center Grant Program
ENERGY
Pre-Application Deadline: 03/22/2022
Application Deadline: 06/10/2022 11:59 PM
Award Amount Range: $10,000.00 - $1,000,000.00
Project Start Date: 08/11/2022
Project End Date: 08/11/2025
Award Announcement Date: 08/11/2022
Eligible Applicant: Iowa Businesses, colleges and universities, and private nonprofit agencies and foundations
Program Officer: Amber Buckingham
Phone: 515-348-6222 x
Email: Amber.Buckingham@IowaEDA.com
Categorical Area: Community Development, Economic Development, Energy
Description

The Iowa Energy Center Grant Program’s administrative rules can be found in Iowa Administrative Code section 261.404. You may also request a copy of the administrative rules by sending an email to iecgrants@iowaeda.com .

Applicants must first complete a pre-application and be invited to complete a full application to be considered for funding.

Purpose

The IEC Grant program is a competitive program. Iowa Businesses, colleges and universities, and private nonprofit agencies and foundations are eligible to apply. The Grant program provides grants to eligible applicants for projects that provide a benefit to Iowa ratepayers. For the purposes of this program, a ratepayer is defined as a customer who pays for an electric or natural gas utility service in the state of Iowa. Projects must also aid in the implementation of one of the key focus areas of the Iowa Energy Plan:

1) Technology-based Energy Research and Development

2) Energy Workforce Development

3) Support for Rural and Underserved Areas

4) Biomass Conversion

5) Natural Gas Expansion in Underserved Areas

6) Electric Grid Modernization

7) Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Eligible Applicants

Iowa Businesses, colleges and universities, and private nonprofit agencies and foundations are eligible to apply for Iowa Energy Center grant funds.

  • An eligible applicant may submit an application that includes one or more subrecipients
  • An eligible applicant may apply individually or jointly with another eligible or other eligible applicants.
  • A principal investigator will be allowed to submit one application per funding announcement. An applicant who has applied as the principal investigator for a funding announcement may also be named as a co-investigator on additional applications submitted but may not be named as a principal investigator on additional applications.
  • A business will be considered an Iowa business if it is incorporated in the State of Iowa or authorized to do business in the State of Iowa.
    • A business that is authorized to do business in the State of Iowa will be required to provide a certificate of authorization during the full application process.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants shall demonstrate a benefit for ratepayers.
  • Applicants shall demonstrate that they are eligible candidates.
  • Applicants who have previously received Iowa Energy Center awards shall have demonstrated acceptable past performance, including the timely expenditure of funds.
  • Proposals must demonstrate the feasibility of completing the proposed activities with the funds requested.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they have the capacity for grants administration.
  • Applicants shall identify and describe any other sources of funding for the proposed activities.

Ineligible Projects

  • Relocation of a business.
  • Expansion of a business
  • Funding for existing training programs
  • Private asset development
  • Pipeline, transmission line, and distribution line construction
  • First generation ethanol
  • Cellulosic ethanol

Eligible Expenses

Only expenditures directly related to the implementation of the funded grant activity will be reimbursed. Examples of eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Salaries/Wages
  • Supplies and Materials
  • Domestic Travel
  • Tuition
  • Equipment purchases, which must be approved by the board at the time the award is made.
  • Vehicle purchases, which are eligible only when the purchase of the vehicle is an integral part of the funded grant activity and must be approved by the board at the time the award is made.

Ineligible Expenses

Ineligible expenses for Iowa Energy Center grant funds may include, but are not limited to:

  • Purchase or rental of buildings
  • Office equipment
  • Furniture and fixtures
  • Intangible assets
  • International travel
  • Insurance
  • Phone expenses

Other Budget Requirements

  • Cost share is required to apply for an Iowa Energy Center Grant.
  • Indirect costs cannot exceed more than 20 percent of a grant award
  • IEC grant funds cannot be used as cost share to a federal grant award
  • Vehicle purchases. Other vehicle-related expenses are not eligible if the purchase or expense supports the proposed grant activity but is not an integral part of the proposed grant activity. If a vehicle purchase is an integral part of the grant activity but a recipient fails to obtain board approval prior to the purchase, then the vehicle purchase is ineligible.
  • For projects where a co-investigator or Sub-recipient is named, a minimum of 51% of grant funds must be directed to activities performed by the Recipient organization.

Please see the Pre-Application guide and handbook using the links below for more information regarding the pre-application process and the list of past receipients.

2022-IEG-PreAppGuide.pdf (iowaeda.com)
2022-IEG-Handbook.pdf (iowaeda.com)

2022-IEG-PastRecipients.pdf (iowaeda.com)

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IOWA ENERGY CENTER
COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM
PRE-APPLICATION GUIDE
Launch Date: February 22, 2022
Pre-applications Submission Deadline:
March 22, 2022
Amount of Funding: $2.5 million
Minimum Grant: $10,000
Maximum Grant: $1,000,000
Ideal Grant Size: $150,000 - $300,000
Average Grant Size: $250,000
Award Announcement Date: August 11, 2022
Program Officer:
Amber Buckingham
iecgrants@iowaeda.com
515.348.6222
PURPOSE
The IEC Competitive Grant Program is funded by Iowa utility
ratepayers. Funds will be used for projects that aid in the
implementation of the seven key focus areas of the Iowa
Energy Plan and provide a benefit to the Iowa ratepayers.
For the purposes of this program, a ratepayer is defined as
a customer who pays for an electric or natural gas utility
service in the State of Iowa. The seven key focus areas of the
Iowa Energy Plan are:
· Energy workforce development
· Technology-based energy research and development
· Biomass conversion
· Natural gas expansion in underserved areas
· Support for rural and underserved areas
· Electric grid modernization
· Alternative fuel vehicles
Important Notes:
The Iowa Energy Center Grant Program’s administrative rules
can be found in Iowa Administrative Code section 261.404.
You may also request a copy of the administrative rules by
sending an email to iecgrants@iowaeda.com.
If an applicant does not have an IowaGrants or state of Iowa
A&A account, the applicant will need to register for an
account no later than March 5, 2022 to ensure the grant
application can be completed prior to the grant submission
deadline.
The preferred browser for IowaGrants is Google Chrome. If
an applicant uses Internet Explorer, compatibility mode must
be enabled in order to complete the application.
Applicants must first complete a pre-application and be
invited to complete a full application to be considered for
funding.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
Iowa businesses, colleges and universities, and private
nonprofit agencies and foundations are eligible to apply for
IEC grant funds.
· Any eligible applicant may submit an application that
includes one or more sub-recipients.
· An eligible applicant may apply individually or jointly
with another eligible or other eligible applicants.
· A principal investigator will be allowed to submit one
application per funding announcement. An applicant
who has applied as the principal investigator for a
funding announcement may also be named as a
co-investigator on additional applications submitted
but may not be named as a principal investigator on
additional applications.
· An eligible applicant may apply jointly with ineligible
applicants, but the applicant cannot act solely as a
passthrough to the ineligible entity.
· 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.
A business that is authorized to do business in the
state of Iowa must provide a certificate of authority
during the full application phase.
Applicant must have an office physically located in Iowa.
IOWA ENERGY CENTER
COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM
PRE-APPLICATION GUIDE
PROJECT PARTNERS
· Applications with project partners are preferred by the
review committee.
· If project partners are named in the pre-application or
full application, a letter of support must be provided.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Requirements for IEC grant awards include, but are not
limited to, the following:
· Applicants shall demonstrate a benefit for ratepayers.
· Applicants shall demonstrate that they are eligible
candidates.
· Applicants shall demonstrate the capacity for grants
administration.
· Applicants who have previously received IEC awards
shall have demonstrated acceptable past performance,
including the timely expenditure of funds.
· Applications shall demonstrate the feasibility of
completing the proposed activities with the funds
requested.
· Applications shall identify and describe any other
sources of funding for the proposed activities.
INELIGIBLE PROJECTS
The following projects are ineligible for funding:
ELIGIBLE EXPENSES
Only expenditures directly related to the implementation of
the funded grant activity will be reimbursed. Examples of
eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:
· Salaries/wages
· Supplies and materials
· Domestic travel
· Tuition
· Equipment purchases, which must be approved by the
board at the time the award is made
· Vehicle purchases, which are eligible only when the
purchase of the vehicle is an integral part of the funded
grant activity and must be approved by the board at
the time the award is made
INELIGIBLE EXPENSES
Ineligible expenses include, but are not limited to:
· Purchase or rental of buildings
· Office equipment
· Furniture and fixtures
· Intangible assets
· International travel
· Insurance
· Phone expenses
· Relocation of a business
· Expansion of a business
· Funding for existing training programs
· Private asset development
Examples of private asset development include:
- Installation of solar array on a building only to
benefit the owners/occupants of that building.
- Installation of equipment to benefit only one
community or neighborhood with no opportunity
for replicability outside of the applicant organization
(i.e., community solar array or community LED light
installation).
- Research and development used to primarily enable
the manufacturing of a product solely for the profit
of the applicant.
· Pipeline, transmission line, and distribution line
construction
· First generation ethanol
· Cellulosic ethanol
OTHER BUDGETARY
REQUIREMENTS
Other budget requirements include the following:
· Indirect costs shall not exceed more than 20 percent of
the IEC grant award request.
· IEC grant funds shall not be used as cost share to a
federal grant award.
· Vehicle purchases or other vehicle-related expenses
are not eligible if the purchase or expense supports
the proposed grant activity but is not an integral part
of the proposed grant activity. If a vehicle purchase is
an integral part of a grant activity but a recipient fails to
obtain board approval prior to the purchase, then the
vehicle purchase is ineligible.
· The final application award request cannot increase
more than 5% from the award request identified in the
pre-application, unless a more substantial deviation
is requested by the grant committee during the pre-
application review.
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IOWA ENERGY CENTER
COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM
PRE-APPLICATION GUIDE
COST SHARE
· Cost share is required to apply for Iowa Energy Grant
Funds
Minimum cost-share 5%
- In-kind donations can be used as cost share.
- Cost share for Iowa based business applicants
must include a monetary cost share contribution if
supplies, materials or equipment are included in the
budget (10% of these line items).
· The grant committee will then review the pre-applications
and select which will move forward in the application
process. The grant committee will evaluate and record
the collective answers on a single review sheet with a
numerical score and comments. The grant program
manager, on behalf of the grant committee, will invite
selected applicants to submit a full application.
The invitation will be sent to the point of contact as
provided in the pre-application.
Example: Applicant includes the purchase/
installation of batteries in their project budget under
the equipment line item, at a cost of $20,000. The
total IEC grant award request is $200,000. The
applicant would be required to provide a total of
$10,000 in cost share (5% of $200,000), of which,
$2,000 must be a monetary cost share contribution
(10% of the $20,000 equipment line item).
If cost share requirements are not met, the pre-
application will be disqualified.
· Applicants do have the opportunity to obtain extra
points if they provide or secure additional cost share.
· Unrecovered indirect costs cannot be used as cost
share. However, matching indirect costs can be
counted as cost share (not to exceed 20% of the total
project budget).
HOW TO APPLY
· Pre-applications will only be accepted during the
established application period, as identified in
IowaGrants and at iowaeda.com.
· Pre-applications are available and accepted through
IowaGrants.gov.
· Applicants planning to apply must use an IowaGrants
account.
If the person completing the application already has
an IowaGrants or a State of Iowa A&A account, this
same account will be utilized.
If the applicant does not have an IowaGrants or
A&A account, the applicant will need to register
by March 5, 2022 to ensure the registration can be
completed prior to the submission deadline.
· Cost share must be accounted for at the pre-
application phase.
If an applicant obtains additional cost share after
being selected for a full application, they must
receive approval from the grant committee to include
the additional cost share in the budget in the final
application.
· Points awarded for cost share will be based on the total
grant award request. (5.1%-20.1%)
INFORMATION NEEDED TO APPLY
Applicant Information
F Name
F Address
F Phone number
F Email
F Program manager/contact
F Title of project
PRE-APPLICATION PROCESS
· Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) will
release an open call for grants on their website and via
email to stakeholders.
· The pre-application will be completed via IowaGrants.
· Once the pre-application window has closed, all pre-
applications received will be reviewed by the program
manager for eligibility and completeness. Internal IEDA
F Website
F State of incorporation
F Application approval/certification document
Project Information
F Project summary (500-character limit)
F Description of ratepayer benefit (500-character limit)
F Focus area alignment and explanation
(250-character limit for each focus area)
staff will then review the pre-applications and prepare
F Grant administration experience (500-character limit)
recommendations for the committee. Internal IEDA staff
F Statement of need/impact for Iowans (250-character limit)
included in the review may include:
F Project duration (in months)
Grant program manager
F Qualifications/experience of project team
Other Iowa Energy Office program managers
F Dissemination plan (500-character limit)
Team leader
F Budget and high-level budget narrative
Legal counsel
(500-character limit)
Financial manager
- 3 - F COVID-19 potential impact (500-character limit)
IOWA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY — IOWA ENERGY OFFICE
1963 Bell Avenue, Suite 200 | Des Moines, IA 50315
515.348.6200 | iowaeda.com
PRE-APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA
Pre-Application Screening Criteria
· Applicant is an eligible candidate
· Funding request meets eligible project and expense requirements
· Request is for no less than $10,000 and no more than $1,000,000
· Initial grant duration does not exceed three years
· Application is complete and submitted through IowaGrants
· Applicants must indicate if they have obtained cost share in the pre-application phase
· Principal investigator/applicant is not named as principal investigator/applicant on any other applications – they can,
however, be named as co-investigators or sub-recipients on additional applications
· Signature from the applicant organization’s legally responsible official on the application approval document, which will
be uploaded to IowaGrants by the applicant
· Application approval document/certification has been signed and uploaded
Pre-application Review Sheet
Applicant must achieve a minimum score of 30 out of 37 to move on to the full application round.
Evaluation Criteria
Does the proposal demonstrate how the project meets one of the seven key focus areas of
the Iowa Energy Plan?
Does the proposal demonstrate how the project provides a benefit to Iowa ratepayers?
Does the proposal differentiate itself from previously funded IEC projects?
Does the proposal clearly describe the project goals?
If the applicant has received previous IEC awards, did they demonstrate acceptable past
performance?
Is the applicant collaborating with any other relevant partners?
Is the budget proposal complete and does it appear to appropriately support the grant
activities as described?
Does the proposal describe a dissemination or post-grant activity plan?
Does the proposal demonstrate that the applicant has obtained cost share?
Total Points
4
7
5
5
2
5
3
3
3
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IOWA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY — IOWA ENERGY OFFICE
1963 Bell Avenue, Suite 200 | Des Moines, IA 50315
515.348.6200 | iowaeda.com
PRE-APPLICATION AND APPLICATION PROCESS OVERVIEW
· February 21, 2022 – IEDA will release an open call for grants at iowaeda.com and via email to interested stakeholders.
· February 22, 2022 - IEDA will open pre-applications in IowaGrants.
· March 22, 2022 – Pre-applications are due via IowaGrants by 11:59 p.m.
· Once the pre-application window has closed, all pre-applications will be reviewed by the program manager for eligibility
and completeness.
· Internal IEDA staff will then review the applications and prepare recommendations for the grant committee.
· The grant committee will evaluate the pre-applications together and record the collective answers on a since review
sheet. The grant program managers will invite selected applicants to submit a full application and will also send denial
letters to applicants that were not selected to move forward.
· Pre-applicants selected to submit a full application will complete and submit their applications via IowaGrants prior
to the submission deadline. The program manager will communicate application submission information to selected
applicants via the email address provided during the pre-application process.
· Once the application submission window closes, IEDA staff will review the applications and prepare recommendations
for the grant committee.
· The grant committee will review the applications and prepare recommendations for the Iowa Energy Center Board, who
will then review the recommendations and vote on each application at an Iowa Energy Center Board meeting.
· August 11, 2022 – Applicants selected to receive grant funding will be notified in writing of the board’s decision.
Applicants not selected will receive a denial letter.
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