UpLift – The Central Iowa Basic Income Pilot

The Application for UpLift is Closed

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“Why Benefits Model Innovation is Needed” was made in partnership with United Ways of Iowa and uses UpLift participant and 2023 ALICE data to explore the financial well-being of Iowans. Throughout this report many indicators show that the Central Iowa community is struggling to meet their most basic needs. In order to create a thriving, healthy community it is important to explore innovative ways to create economic stability for all. 

UpLift participants have received their first $500 payment! For more information, check out our infographic to meet our participant group!

UpLift – The Central Iowa Basic Income Pilot is the first cross-sector collaborative basic income initiative to take place in the state of Iowa. This community learning opportunity  will study the impacts of an unrestricted no-strings-attached, basic income for 24 months. There are no limitations on how income payments are spent. Selected individuals are free to use the money to best meet their needs.

110 participants

$500 per month

24 months

Selected individuals were randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group is receiving the $500 monthly income payments and the other is not. Both groups will provide researchers with important information about their life experiences and community needs.

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Confidential Application

Your privacy is important to us! All information collected through this application and pilot project is private.

No Restrictions to Apply

You do not need a bank account, Social Security Number (SSN), or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to apply.


Time Commitment

The application will take about 30 – 40 minutes to finish.