Idaho's State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Program 2015-2016

Two options to take advantage of STEP funds...



Idaho Department of Commerce (IDC) and Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) have chosen six International Trade Shows for Idaho Pavilions

STEP funds will pay for the cost of booth space and construction, airfare and lodging for one employee from each selected company. All coordination of the booth and travel arrangements will be made by IDC/ISDA. Companies will submit competitive applications to be selected for participation.  4-6 companies will be selected for each pavilion. 


  • Arms and Ammunition: IWA Outdoor Classics – Nuremburg, Germany, March 4-7, 2016
  • Technology: CeBit – Hannover, Germany, March 14-18, 2016
  • Equine: Mane Event – Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, April 21-24, 2016
  • Aerospace: Farnborough Air Show – London, England, July 11-17, 2016
  • Outdoor Recreation: Outdoor Show – Friedrichshafen, Germany, July 13-16, 2016

Option #1   Guidelines for Trade Show Participants


Financial Assistance Plans (formerly International Market Access Grants (IMAGs)

Due to an unexpectedly high initial response of application submissions combined with the amount of available funds for our STEP - Financial Assistance Plan program this year, we conducted an "ALL-CALL" to companies. 

ALL Financial Assistance Plan Applications for this STEP Year (September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2016) were due on November 2, 2015. Option #2 is now CLOSED.  

Option #2  Guidelines for Financial Assistance Plans

After reading guidelines for option #1 or option #2, click on the following links to learn more:

Export Readiness Assessment

Developing an Export Plan

Required forms to be submitted with application for option #1 and/or option #2:

Budget and Request for Funds 2 in 1 (option #2 only)

Small Business Concern Certificaiton

Debarment and Suspension Certification

W-9 Form

All applications are accepted online at Idaho Commerce's Grant Portal. To register for an account and apply, contact STEP Grant Program Manager, Tina Salisbury at 208-287-3164 or by email:  

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