Zone 5 First Timers Convention Grant

Zone 5 First Timers Convention Grant

Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

Rules and Guidelines

These grants are designed to enable two individuals who have never attended the IAFE Annual Convention to attend it on December 1 – 4, 2024, in Phoenix, AZ. Two (2) grants, up to $500, will be awarded to assist the recipients with travel expenses, including hotel and flights.* The IAFE will pay for conference registration. Recipients will be asked to briefly report their experience of the conference (up to that point) at the Zone 5 meeting during the Convention. A copy of the receipts for said travel expenses must be submitted to the IAFE office following the IAFE Annual Convention conference to be reimbursed (hotel manifest and other travel-related receipts).

Two (2) Grants 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 Convention.
  • Grants are not transferable.
  • Funds received are for the 2024 IAFE Annual Convention. 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 – 5 points (Dedication to the fair and passion for the industry)
Zone 5 First Timers Grant 2024

Zone 5 First Timers Grant 2024

First and Last Name
First and Last Name
Have you been to the IAFE convention?
Have you attended a Zone meeting?
Have you attended State and/or Provincial Association Meetings?

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