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DSM Small Business Recovery Grant

A Reinvestment in DSM Small Businesses to Support Our Community and Our Quality of Life

Small businesses are the heart and soul of their local communities. It is these entities that help to make our Greater Des Moines (DSM) neighborhoods unique and show the spirit of our community. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these businesses are experiencing immense hardship. In response, the Greater Des Moines Partnership has worked with public and private partners to create grant opportunities to keep small businesses in business. We are — and plan to remain — DSM strong.

Now Closed – Extend the Season Grant

The Extend the Season Grant has been closed. Congratulations to all the recipients of the Extend the Season Grant. Please see a list of recipients here.

Fall is in the air! To help extend the outdoor dining season in DSM, the Greater Des Moines Partnership is proud to announce the Extend the Season grant. This grant will support area restaurants by providing outdoor heating equipment for their existing outdoor seating. Extending the season gives residents additional reasons to continue dining out — or in — safely, and helps support restaurants. This grant is open to Members of Greater Des Moines Partnership and its 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce. Grantees will receive actual equipment and will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis.

Now Closed – Small Business Recovery Grant

The Small Business Recovery Grant has been closed. Congratulations to all recipients of the Small Business Recovery Grant. Please see a list of recipients here.

Past Resources and Information for Small Business Recovery Grant

Grant Eligibility

  • Sole-proprietors or businesses with 0 – 30 employees (at time of application) that have had restrictions placed on their operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of businesses include, but are not limited to, retail stores, personal care services and restaurants.
  • Must have a physical commercial location within the cities of Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Urbandale, West Des Moines or Windsor Heights, unincorporated Polk County or cities/unincorporated areas of Warren County.*
  • Must have been in operation since July 1, 2019 or prior.
  • Must be a for-profit business of any legal structure (non-profit organizations are not eligible).
*Businesses in other counties will be considered in some cases where cities may cross county lines.

Grant Considerations

  • Grant awards will be $1,000 – $5,000, with up to $10,000 for businesses in the City of Des Moines.*
  • See application for additional requirements.
*Additional funding available to businesses in the City of Des Moines due to Community Development Block Grant funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Additional Resources

Application submissions and scoring are managed by Iowa Center for Economic Success. If you encounter issues with the application, please contact The Iowa Center at (515) 283-0940 or smallbizfunding@theiowacenter.org.

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