Pursuit Grants


Students - Grants sm.pngPursuit Grants are designed to reduce the costs of career training coursework and post-secondary certifications that are beyond the scope of traditional high school.

A community fund is established to provide Pursuit Grants that support our business community seeking to develop new talent and the next generation of workers as they become fully skilled assets to our local workforce and our community.

Grant awards will not exceed $4,000 per student.

Grants must have a 2:1 cash match provided by a combination of the student AND a partnering business. This means that the total grant award will not exceed 1/3 of total training costs. Students must contribute financially in some way towards training costs in order to qualify for the grant. Other secured grant funds may count towards a student's contribution.

Eligible applicants must be entering their senior year of high school. Applicants will also be able to apply for pursuit grants for a 12 month period following their high school graduation.

Qualifying students must be currently enrolled or a graduate of either the Marion Independent or Linn-Mar Community School District.

Students are required to complete the full grant application and provide other requested attachments prior to funding consideration. Dollars may not be available should requests exceed available grant funds in any given year. All applications will be reviewed and approved by the Community Promise Grants Committee.
Qualifying business partners must be located in Linn County, Iowa or uniquely approved by Marion Economic Development Corporation. Our goal is that our young talent will be employed locally and live in Marion. All applications must be accompanied by a letter of support from the sponsoring business.

Full grant details and initial applications are anticipated in Spring 2018.