FAQs

  1. Who can apply?
  2. How many Dream Big Grow Here Grants will be awarded?
  3. What kind of ideas are you looking for?
  4. When can I submit my idea?
  5. Can an online-only business win?  What about a non-profit?
  6. How does voting work?
  7. How do I increase the odds of winning for my favorite small business?
  8. If I am a Grant Recipient, when will I get my funds?
  9. Where can I review the Official Rules? 
  10. None of these FAQs answer the questions I have.

Who can apply?
All legal residents of the state of Iowa who are 18 years of age or older.  

How many Dream Big Grow Here Grants will be awarded?
Each month, there will be 1 grant winner selected.

What kind of ideas are you looking for?
We are looking for start up or existing business ideas from individuals and groups.  The business can be new or existing. Ideas need to be well thought out, feasible, and interesting.  We also encourage applicants to think about how their business can better the community around them.  All businesses must be based within the State of Iowa. 

When can I submit my idea?
In the first month, submissions begin June 1st at 12:00:01 a.m. CST and end June 15, 2010 at 11:59:59 p.m. CST. In subsequent months, submissions begin the first of the month at 12:00:01 a.m. ET and end at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on the 15th of the month.

Can an online-only business win?  What about a non-profit?
Yes to both of these.  Online-only businesses and non-profits are both eligible. 

How does voting work?
Voting will begin on the 16th of each month at 12:00 PM CST and end on the last day of the month at 11:59 PM CST.  Individuals are allowed to vote once per day for as many entries as they desire.  The entry with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be that month's Dream Big Grow Here Grant Recipient.  In the event of a vote tie, the staff at Dream big Grow Here will cast the final tie-breaking vote to determine a winner.

How do I increase the odds of winning for my favorite small business?
Get the word out!  Use your social media networks,  word of mouth marketing, and other creative marketing ideas to encourage others to vote for your business.

If I am a Grant Recipient, when will I get my funds?
As soon as possible!   We want to help you get your business started fast!  Grant Recipients will receive their funds within two weeks after you have signed a Grant Agreement and completed a verification process.

Where can I review the Official Rules? 
Please see the official rules link for complete details.

None of these FAQs answer the questions I have.
If your issue remains unresolved, you can email [email protected].  We will try to respond within 72 hours.

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