BE Lisbon Contest

Below are the links to the rules, judges criteria and an entry form. 

Called Business Enhancement (BE) Lisbon, the grant competition has been modeled after the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) Open 4 Business grant competition. The City of Lisbon is offering one $5,000 grant to one business. The winning business will be expected to provide a 25% cash match for a project or projects detailed in its application.

Similar to the Open4Business grant, the BE Lisbon grant winner will be chosen by a group of judges and based on an application and live or taped business project pitch.

“This grant project will help one business fund a $6,250 project, with $5,000 of that project funded by the City of Lisbon. We have tried to make this as easy as possible,” said BE Lisbon Volunteer Chair Joe Jennison. “We are offering a two-page application and a brief live pitch in front of a small panel of judges.”

All submissions must be typed and spell-checked. There is no restriction on length. Applications are available through Lisbon City Hall and the City of Lisbon website on or before Labor Day, 2023, and must be filled out and received back to Lisbon City Hall by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. The live presentations will be scheduled for the week of Oct. 30. 2023.

Questions can be directed to Brandon Siggins at (319) 455-2459 or Joe Jennison at (319) 210-9935.



Downtown Reinvestment Grant

The purpose of the Downtown Reinvestment Program is to encourage and assist small business development in a designated area of the Lisbon Downtown Urban Renewal Area.

Funds will be awarded for: 
1. Facade renovation
2. Exterior structural rehabilitation 
3. Interior structural rehabilitation and renovations


The Lisbon Historic Preservation Commission serves as a consultant to the City for this program. In this role, the Commission will consider the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation as it reviews proposals. Examples of these standards are included in the application packet.

For more information, an application or to review some examples click link below.

Previous BE Lisbon Grant Recipients:

2019 The Fantastic Escape
2020 Luke Krall
2021 Salon 30
2021 Turtle Club Early Learning Center
2022 No award