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Warren County Economic Development Corp. Presents the 2021:

Warren County

Small Business Grant Contest

Existing Business: $6,000 Grand Prize

Start-up Business: $4,000 Grand Prize

Entries accepted through midnight on Tuesday, August 31st

Finalist presentations and grant event on Tuesday, September 28th

For full details, eligibility requirements, and where to apply, see below!


Contest Timeline:

  • August 31, 2021 - Application deadline - Midnight
  • September 10, 2021 - Three finalists in each grant category will be notified
  • September 28, 2021 - Grant finalist’s presentations judged to determine one winner in each category

Two Grant Categories:

  • Existing Business: $6,000 Prize
  • Start-up Business: $4,000 Prize

Existing Business Criteria:

  • Less than 10 full-time employees
  • Must have at least 2 full-time employees (can include the owner(s) and 2 part-time employees can equal 1 full-time equivalent)
  • While a physical commercial location is not required to apply, businesses that do have an existing commercial location will be scored higher. In order to receive points in this category, you will need to explain how you plan to have a physical location within the next twelve months.
  • Business must be located in Warren County

Start-up Business Criteria:

  • Businesses that opened within the past 12 months or plan to open in the next 12 months
  • Must plan to open a commercial location within two years
  • Must plan to have at least two full-time employees within three years (can include the owner(s))
  • Future business must be located in Warren County

Applications will be scored based on overall economic impact of the proposed use of funds along with:

  • Business description and mission
  • Products and services
  • Market potential and competition
  • Marketing and sales
  • Operations and Management
  • Financials
  • How funds will be used
  • Overall economic impact potential


  • Click the applicable button below to be directed to the fillable pdf application
  • Download and save the application to your computer labeled "Category - Business Name"

(example: Existing - AcmeCorp or Start-up - AcmeCorp)

  • Complete application and be sure to save
  • Submit application with any required documents to bginder@wcedc.com by midnight on August 31, 2021


Contact Warren County Economic Development Corp.

111 N. Buxton Street - Indianola, IA 50125 | 515-961-1067 | bginder@wcedc.com

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