Idaho awards hundreds of grants across Idaho every year—but not just because it feels good; building a business-friendly climate pays off for our economy.

If you’re a new or existing Idaho company, you can apply for grants to cover almost any aspect of your business: expanding your customer base, improving your access to community infrastructure, and even applying for other funding.

Check out our list of Idaho Grant Awards here or learn more about each of our grant programs below.

  • STEP Grants

    STEP grants support Idaho businesses looking to expand into international markets through exports.

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  • Community Development Block Grants

    This program enhances local infrastructure to create a better business environment for existing and potential businesses. Eligible entities include counties, cities with populations under 50,000, and service providers such as water and sewer districts and senior centers.

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  • Rural Community Block Grants

    These grants finance infrastructure improvements in Idaho’s rural communities, with a focus on business development and job creation. Eligible entities include cities with populations under 25,000 and counties and Tribes whose projects benefit rural areas.

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  • GEM Grants

    GEM grants help small communities improve infrastructure, remediate blight conditions, and create economic development opportunities. Eligible entities include communities with populations of 10,000 or less.

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  • Idaho Travel Council Grants

    The Idaho Travel Council awards funds to local nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to promote the state’s travel and tourism assets.

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  • Rural Economic Development Professionals Program (EDPROS)

    The intent of the Rural Idaho Economic Development Professional Program is to build economic development capacity in rural Idaho. To accomplish this, state funds have been appropriated to help rural areas employ full-time Economic Development Professionals, who with a board of directors, will manage locally directed economic development programs.

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  • Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM)

    The Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission, or IGEM, creates partnerships that pairs private sector experts with research professionals to bring commercially viable technologies to market. The IGEM initiative is creating new products, companies, and high—value jobs—and increasing the research capacity of Idaho’s universities in strategic areas.

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  • Idaho Opportunity Fund (IOF)

    The Idaho Opportunity Fund (IOF) services as a “deal closing fund” to strengthen Idaho’s competitive ability to support expansion of existing Idaho businesses and recruit new companies to the state, ultimately creating new jobs and economic growth in Idaho.

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