Think Iowa City opens community grant program for 2023, 2024

Iowa City and Coralville organizations with events between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024 are encouraged to apply for Think Iowa City’s grant funding.

Potential grant projects can be cultural, educational, literary, recreational or artistic. Each recipient may be awarded up to $5,000 for an approved event.

“Well-run events improve the quality of life for residents and enhance a visitor’s experience in our communities,” vice president of sales & event experience with Think Iowa City Stacey Houseman said in a statement. “We have seen an extraordinary resurgence in event programming post-pandemic. It’s wonderful to see.”

Applications opened April 3 and must be submitted by noon on April 20, 2023. Recipients will be notified in early June with funding available as early as July 1. All events must take place in Johnson County. The grant form is available by contacting Think Iowa City at (319) 337-6592 or on the organization’s website.

Some 2022 recipients included Summer of the Arts, Coralville 4th Fest, North Liberty Blues & BBQ and the Mission Creek Festival.

The Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), or Think Iowa City, was established in 1983 and is the Iowa City area’s official destination management organization. Its goal is to attract more visitors, meetings, groups, and events to the area through destination marketing, outreach and facilitation.

The group works to attract new events, groups and meetings to the community, provide service and support to existing and repeat events, groups and meetings, execute and plan events to generate more visitor traffic and provide comprehensive visitor resources of local information

As a private, nonprofit corporation, Think Iowa City is guided by a 15-member board representing the CVB partnership; the city councils of Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty; the University of Iowa; Johnson County Board of Supervisors; and the area’s hospitality industry.