2023 Zone 5 to Zone 5 Grant

Zone 5 to Zone 5 Grant

Sponsored by

Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska

Because of the support from Spectrum Insurance, this grant is designed to enable an individual from Zone 5 to attend the 2024 International Association of Fairs and Expositions 2024 Zone 5 meeting. (1) grant will be awarded in 2023, providing up to $750 towards recipient’s trip for expenses including hotel and travel costs. Conference registration will be paid for by the Zone. Recipient will be asked to give a brief report on their experience of the meeting (up to that point) at the Zone 5 meeting during the business meeting at the 2024 Zone meeting. The following paid items must be submitted to the IAFE Office for reimbursement: hotel registration and travel arrangements. One (1) grant to be awarded in 2023 for the 2024 conference.

One (1) Grant to be awarded in 2023

Guidelines and Eligibility

  1. Must be associated with a Fair that is a current member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions
  2. Must be from a fair that is located in Zone 5 (board member, staff member, or volunteer)
  3. Applicant has never attended the IAFE Zone 5 meeting or in the past three years.
  4. Grants are not transferable
  5. Funds received are for the 2024 IAFE Zone 5 Conference. Any unused funds will return to the Zone for general use.
  6. *Travel expense receipts will be submitted to the IAFE, after the event, for reimbursement. Expenses include lodging, air travel, vehicle rental, mileage for personal vehicles (at the federal reimbursement rate). Lodging and other rental(s) require the name of the grant recipients be identified on the manifest/rental agreement(s)


  1. Application deadline: August 31, 2023 (Applications submitted online, below)


  1. Applications will be “blind” when delivered to members of the grant selection committee and will be given “blind judging”
  2. Judging will be based on an individual score. Each judge will review each application, individually, and on its own merit, assigning a score to the individual application.


  1. Evidence of leadership & involvement – 2 points
  2. Service to community and fair – 2 points
  3. Outstanding character – 1 point
  4. Essay – 1 points (Dedication to the fair and passion for the industry)
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