Export Trade Assistance

The International Office at the Iowa Economic Development Authority offers financial assistance to eligible Iowa small companies to help companies market their products and services to a global audience.

The Export Trade Assistance Program (ETAP) may reimburse eligible Iowa companies for up to 75 percent of defined international marketing expenditures in a qualifying trade show or IEDA trade mission held outside the U.S., to explore new markets or provide support to expand current markets.

To learn more, download the program fact sheet in the Resources box below.

Application — Instructions & Process

Submit your application as soon as possible.  Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Applications should be received AT LEAST 30 days in advance of an event.

  • Register with iowagrants.gov
  • Instructions for registering through iowagrants.gov [PDF: 894k]
  • Submit application with all required supporting documentation. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
    1. Proof of exhibit payment (trade shows) or participation fee (IEDA trade mission)
    2. List of products to be promoted at the event
    3. General event information — showing name of event, dates and location
  • Instructions for applying for funding through iowagrants.gov [PDF: 2.6MB]
  • Upon approval, receive, sign and return an original signed contract (before the event takes place).
  • At the event, be sure to display the “IOWA EXPORTER” logo and take a photo of the booth with this signage. This is required for reimbursement. Logo can be found in iowagrants.gov under the Funding Opportunity’s Required Documentation.
  • Following the event, log into iowagrants.gov and complete/submit claim. You must MAIL the signed GAX (reimbursement) form as an original is required.
  • Instructions for requesting your reimbursement/claim [PDF: 1.9MB]

Receive reimbursement check, typically within six to eight weeks of IEDA receiving the online claim AND your original signed GAX form.

Phone: 515.725.3000
etap@iowa.gov