Zone 5 to Zone 5 Grant Guidelines and Application

Zone 5 to Zone 5 Grant

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Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

Rules and Guidelines

Because of the support from Spectrum Insurance, this grant is designed to enable an individual from Zone 5 to attend the 2025 International Association of Fairs & Expositions Zone 5 Meeting in Wichita, KS. One (1) grant will be awarded in 2024, providing up to $750 for the recipient’s trip for hotel and travel costs. The Zone will pay for meeting registration. Recipients will be asked to give a brief report on their experience of the meeting (up to that point) during the business meeting at the 2025 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 2024


  • Must be associated with a Fair that is a current member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.
  • Must be from a fair located in Zone 5 (board member, staff member, or volunteer).
  • The applicant has never attended the IAFE Zone 5 meeting in the past three years.
  • Grants are not transferable.
  • Funds received are for the 2025 IAFE Zone 5 Meeting. Any unused funds will be returned to the Zone for general use.
  • *Travel expense receipts will be submitted to the IAFE for reimbursement after the event. Expenses include lodging, air travel, vehicle rental, and mileage for personal vehicles (at the federal reimbursement rate). Lodging and other rental(s) require the name of the grant recipients to be identified on the manifest/rental agreement(s).


  • Application deadline: August 31, 2024 (Applications submitted online, below).


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


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