BE Lisbon grant program returns

The City of Lisbon and the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, today announced the return of the BE Lisbon grant program for Lisbon-based businesses.

Called Business Enhancement (BE) Lisbon, the grant competition has been modeled after the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) Open 4 Business grant competition. The City of Lisbon is offering one $5,000 grant to one business. The winning business will be expected to provide a 25% cash match for a project or projects detailed in its application.

Similar to the Open4Business grant, the BE Lisbon grant winner will be chosen by a group of judges and based on an application and live or taped business project pitch.

“This grant project will help one business fund a $6,250 project, with $5,000 of that project funded by the City of Lisbon. We have tried to make this as easy as possible,” said BE Lisbon Volunteer Chair Joe Jennison. “We are offering a two-page application and a brief live pitch in front of a small panel of judges.”

All submissions must be typed and spell-checked. There is no restriction on length. Applications are available through Lisbon City Hall and the City of Lisbon website on or before Labor Day, 2023, and must be filled out and received back to Lisbon City Hall by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. The live presentations will be scheduled for the week of Oct. 30. 2023.

Download the BE Lisbon Entry Form here:

Download the Judge’s Scoring Criteria here:

Download the Marketing Sheet here:

Download the Contest Rules here:

Questions can be directed to Brandon Siggins at (319) 455-2459 or Joe Jennison at (319) 210-9935.

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