RSAD Grant Application

The Regional Sports Authority District (RSAD) grant funds districts that actively promote non-professional sporting events in Iowa. With this grant, the Iowa Economic Development Authority annually certifies selected districts to receive $50,000. Our district has the opportunity to submit a grant application in an effort to support local Johnson County events for the next fiscal year (e.g. July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020). Local non-professional sports event owners can submit information for a chance to be included in this year’s program that Think Iowa City will submit on behalf of the community.

Applications are accepted beginning late April and due and June. The submission form will be available on this page at that time. Applications are sent in July and awarded by August 15 on the state level. Below is information regarding the grant. If you have would like to speak to our team, please contact Luke at (319) 337-6592 or


Eligible expenses include bid and rights fees, sponsorships, payments to vendors, marketing/advertising, venue and equipment rental, promotional materials, production costs, and fees/expenses for officials. Non-eligible expenses include staff salaries, wages, and travel costs, alcoholic beverages, meals and dining on occasions other than the event dates provided, solicitation efforts, lobbying fees, items purchased for resale, and participant prizes.  Please note: For grants received, a 50% cash match is required (e.g. $3,000 marketing expense = $2,000 grant money + $1,000 event budget cash match).


MeetingMax is a housing bureau managed by Think Iowa City and its use is required by RSAD Grant recipients. A free microsite and booking link is provided for you to embed on your website, allowing attendees to easily book their hotel accommodations. Our team will help negotiate the best available hotel rates and extra benefits for attendees. If you have specific hotel properties you would like to work with, Think Iowa City will advocate on your behalf. This free service allows for reservations anytime and can be customized to meet your particular needs.