Corrected: ICEP Announces First Round of Funding for JumpStart Iron County

Applicants invited to apply for nearly $450,000 in economic development funds

April 20, 2014 (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – The Iron County Economic Partnership (ICEP) announced this week a Call for Proposals (CFP) for the JumpStart Iron County (JIC) FY2014 spring solicitation. JIC contributes to ICEP’s (formerly the Iron County Taum Sauk Fund) commitment to its vision of creating and supporting a thriving destination for business and outdoor recreation in Southeast Missouri that provides high-quality living, lodging, dining, and recreational opportunities for visitors, as well as good-paying jobs for its residents.

This round of funding, for nearly $450,000, opened on April 16, 2014; award announcements are planned for mid-June 2014.The solicitation targets economic development projects performed by Missouri public and private universities/colleges, nonprofit organizations, public charities, private individuals, and companies.

Two programs are available during this limited application solicitation: Basic, for project amounts totaling >$10,000, and Micro, for project amounts totaling $10,000 and fewer dollars. Applications are due by May 30, 2014, 3:00 p.m. CT.

Micro project applicants may receive as much a 50% funding for their projects. Basic projects may be funded for as much as 20% of total project cost.

Kevin Perry, ICEP’s Executive Director, said, “These JumpStart Iron County awards contribute to the ICEP’s overall plan to enhance economic development through direct support that makes jobs, job training, technical support, and tourism attraction possible. This solicitation continues ICEP’s mission to drive smart investments that will spur innovation and create successful companies.”

Details on the call for proposals, including program guidelines, applications, budget templates, and training/briefing opportunities are available on ICEP’s new website at Applications and questions should be sent to

Awards from ICEP further the goals and opportunities set forth the in the Invest in Iron County economic development plan. Eligible projects are identified in “Attachment A, Guide: Developing a JumpStart Iron County Project that meets the Legal Test of Fulfilling ICEP’s Charitable Purpose,” also available at

About ICEP

The mission of the Iron County Economic Partnership is to engage in, fund, carry on, conduct or take part in programs, projects and services designed to improve, protect and restore tourism and economic development in the areas of Missouri affected by the December 2005 breach of the Taum Sauk Reservoir.


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