Iowa has been granted 100 million dollars from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to boost the community and draw more visitors and new citizens to Iowa.
The initiative dubbed “Destination Iowa” will provide new opportunities for creating and funding attractions that improve the state’s image, make it more welcoming to tourists, and boost the number of visitors while also accelerating tourism recovery.
It can also boost local economies and aid in efforts to find new Iowans to the workforce.
Cities, counties, non-profits, and other organizations can apply for one of four grants, each with funds set to help different goals: Economically Significant Development, Outdoor Recreation, Tourism Attraction, and Creative Placemaking.
Applications will begin on May 9, 2022. Applicants must complete projects funded by the grant before June 30, 2026.
This article originally appeared on KCRG.