Regional Sports Authority District Program

The purpose of the Regional Sports Authority District (RSAD) program is to promote tourism in Iowa by funding projects that relate to the active promotion of nonprofessional sporting events in the state. The RSAD program is established in Iowa Code Chapter 15E.321.  Administrative rules that govern the program are in Iowa Administrative Rule 261-38.


Applicants must be a convention & visitors bureau. A seven-member board must govern the proposed RSAD. The board must have at least three city council members of a city located within the proposed district. Events that received funding through the Meet in Iowa Program administered by IEDA and the Iowa Restaurant Association/Iowa Hotel and Lodging Association are not eligible to receive RSAD funding. Recipients of Sports Tourism Program grants are also ineligible. 


This year the legislature funded RSAD at $700,000 ($70,000 per participant with a 50% cash match). Up to ten districts can be certified per grant cycle.  All project expenses (grant request + cash match) must directly relate to the promotion of a nonprofessional sporting event and be incurred within the fiscal year in which grant funding is being requested (July 1 – June 30).

FY2025 RSAD Cycle

June 10, 2024: Application Available
July 12, 2024: Applications due by 4:00 p.m. CT
August 19, 2024: Award letters are sent

Additional Information

FY2024 RSAD Recipients

Discover Ames
Cedar Valley Sports Commission
Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau
Cedar Rapids Sports Commission
Iowa City/Coralville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sioux City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Travel Dubuque
Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau
Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau

For more information, please contact:

Mary Kelly