International Trade Office Announces FY16 Export Trade Assistance Program

The International Trade Office is happy to announce the availability of FY16 Export Trade Assistance Program (ETAP) and Domestic Trade Assistance Program (DTAP) funds. The goal of the grant programs is to support and enable Iowa companies to expand their global markets and increase export sales.

There are currently three programs companies may submit an application:

Export Trade Assistance Program (ETAP) FY15 –
Exhibiting at a trade show in another country between now and September 29, 2015.

Export Trade Assistance Program (ETAP) FY16 –
Participating in an IEDA trade mission between now and June 30, 2016 or are exhibiting at a trade show in another country taking place between September 30, 2015 – June 30, 2016

Domestic Trade Assistance Program (DTAP) FY16 –
Exhibiting at an INTERNATIONAL trade show taking place in the U.S. between July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016. ( Two changes to the program this year: 1. There is a maximum of two times you can receive a grant for the same trade show. 2. A show must be determined to be eligible (There is a list of shows that have already been determined as eligible. You can submit the necessary information to have an event added to the list.)

Each qualified company may receive up to three grants in a funding period (combination of ETAP & DTAP) and each grant is up to a maximum of $4,000. Remember, you must apply AT LEAST 30 days PRIOR to the event taking place.

More information is available on our web page:

  • Instructions on the page with .pdf documents including screen shots
  • At the bottom under Resources, the International Trade Assistance program fact sheet, a list of some of the eligible DTAP events, along with the additional support forms needed to apply.


The counseling and support we received from the EDC team during our start-up years had a huge impact on our success. And now, we continue to benefit from our EDC relationship with ongoing business and sales coaching and the connections that are helping us grow much faster than the rest of our industry. The Creative Corridor is blessed to have such a strong force for spawning new business.

Jeff Quint, Cedar Ridge Vineyards, Winery & Distillery

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