IMAP grants would fund memberships and dues
By Jennifer Garst
Story County Community Foundation
((April 10) The Story County Iowa Microenterprise Assistant Project (IMAP) is offering a grant opportunity for Story County businesses with less than five employees.
The IMAP grants help fund memberships and dues for professional organizations that benefit the business. The funds can be used to join a professional group, chamber of commerce, main street group, or any other tax-exempt group.
The maximum grant is $250 and the application deadline is May 1. Grant applications can be downloaded at http://storycountyfoundation.org/EconomicDevelopment.html.
One goal of IMAP is to increase opportunities for small businesses. Micro-businesses account for 86 percent of all businesses in Iowa and 17 percent Iowa’s jobs. Most are home-based businesses or proprietor-owned firms without employees.
Funding for this program comes from a grant through the Northwest Area Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. The Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality provides a statewide mechanism for Iowa's micro-entrepreneurs to connect with community development agencies for assistance.
For more information go to: http://storycountyfoundation.org/EconomicDevelopment.html
The Story County Community Foundation is a vehicle for charitable giving that benefits Story County residents. The foundation has more than 75 philanthropic funds, created by donors, nonprofit agencies and organizations that exist in perpetuity and grow continuously to support today’s needs and those of the future. Since its inception in 2005, the foundation has awarded almost $600,000 in grants that benefit Story County.