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 again has the opportunity to submit a grant application in hopes to support local Johnson County events for the fiscal year 2019-20 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020). We are asking local non-professional sports event owners to submit information for a chance to be included in this year’s program.

Please be aware that our district has not yet received the $50,000 grant for this year and it is not promised as the districts are chosen after July 1. The applications will be sent in July and awarded by August 15 on the state level. 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).

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.

MeetingMax is a housing bureau managed by Think Iowa City awarded to the RSAD Grant winners. A free microsite, along with a booking link, will be provided for your attendees to book their hotel accommodations; all you have to do is embed the link on your website. Our team will help negotiate the best available hotel rates and extra benefits for you attendees and present you with options. If you have specific hotel properties you would like to work with, Think Iowa City will advocate on your behalf. This free service allows reservations anytime and can be customized to meet your specific needs. You will need to utilize this service in order to receive grant funding.

If interested, please fill out the form to be considered for funding. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, June 11th. All relevant event details are appreciated. For any questions, contact Molly at (319) 337-6592 or

Applicant & Event Information

If yes, please explain how the professional portion is a separate component (funds are designated for non-professional events only).

Economic Impact & Event Scope


0.5 for no overnights, 1.5 for 1 night and 2 days

Novelty & Quality

Need & Budget


Other Considerations

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