Competitive Educational Support Program

Two people in front of displayTGroup of people learning about farm equipmenthe Leopold Center can help co-sponsor one-time events, programs, workshops, conferences or displays that are educational in nature and support the mission of the Leopold Center through the Competitive Education Support Program (CESP).

Who is eligible and how to apply

Those eligible to receive CESP funds include nonprofit organizations, agencies and educational institutions, in Iowa only, that support the mission of the Leopold Center. Download a copy of the CESP request form, complete the form and send it to the Leopold Center. To receive a request form by mail, phone (515) 294-5272.

Requests are limited to $1,000 for each event or program and must specify exactly how the funds will be used (speakers, scholarships; this program does not cover food or beverages). For larger requests, please contact the Initiative leader or Center director.

Proposals are due before the 15th of each month, preferably two months before your event or program. Proposals received by the 15th of each month will be reviewed within five days by a committee of Leopold Center staff and an Advisory Board member. You will be notified about the status of your proposal within seven working days. Proposals received after the 15th will be reviewed the following month. Please plan ahead!



CESP fund recipient requirements

Payment for funded proposals is AFTER the event and applicants must submit an invoice for payment and a short report (1-2 paragraphs, 150-word maximum) with the following information:

  • Summary of the event
  • List or estimate of the number of attendees or participants
  • Results of event evaluation (if one was conducted) or your judgment about its success
  • How this activity supports the mission of the Leopold Center

Please submit invoice and report within 30 days of your event. We rely on state appropriations and funds designated under the Iowa Groundwater Protection Act for our operation, and public awareness of work supported by the Center is very important to its future success.

Recipients of Leopold Center grant funds are expected to acknowledge the Center in advertising, news releases, printed programs, and other promotional and publicity materials. Verbal acknowledgement should be given at any event or at interviews with the news media.  We also are happy to supply Leopold Center logos or Center publications for use with events and other project outreach efforts.

Your event will be posted on the LCSA website calendar (if applicable), and promoted in various outreach documents of the Center. It will also be included in the Center’s Annual Report.


Questions about the Competitive Educational Support Program?  Contact Carol Brown,, phone (515) 294-5272