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Contact: Veronica O'Hern
Grants & Program Specialist
515.281.3293
Veronica.OHern@iowa.gov

Apply for a Grant

The Iowa Arts Council is committed to enriching the quality of life for Iowans through support of the arts. Funding for the Iowa Arts Council is provided by the State of Iowa and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The Iowa Arts Council also administers grant programs on behalf of its parent agency, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. These programs support the cultural vitality of Iowa through job creation, operating support and endowment support programs.

Funding Eligibility Chart

Grant Program Table

Fiscal Year 2015 Quarterly Application Deadlines

Applications for grant programs administered by the Iowa Arts Council are accepted on a quarterly basis.**

Deadline: May 1, 2014
For grant activity taking place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015

Deadline: August 1, 2014
For grant activity taking place between October 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015

Deadline: November 3, 2014
For grant activity taking place between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015

Deadline: February 2, 2015
For grant activity taking place between April 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015

**Exceptions include Big Yellow School Bus grants which are accepted on a rolling basis after the application opens August 1.

 

Overview

**Exceptions include Big Yellow School Bus grant recipients. Organizations designated as Cultural Leadership Partners should refer to their FY2014 funding package materials for clarification.

 

Online Application Submission

Beginning in Fiscal Year 2015, applicants must submit applications via the Iowa Arts Council’s SlideRoom, an online application portal. Applications will not be accepted in any other format. All current open application form will be posted on the Iowa Arts Council’s SlideRoom.

Applicants can visit the SlideRoom Help Desk for technical assistance on submitting an application using the Iowa Arts Council’s SlideRoom.

 

Grantwriting Tools

FY15 Grant Webinar
View the FY15 Grant Webinar for information on how to successfully apply for an Iowa Arts Council grant program. Please note: The slide at 21:04 erroneously lists the maxiumum award for Rural Arts Development Grants as $10,000. The maximum award for these grants is $5,000.

Is An Iowa Arts Council Grant Right for You?
The Is An Iowa Arts Council Grant Right for You? handout provides potential applicants with a reference chart to determine eligibility for Iowa Arts Council grant programs.

Grant Writing Tips
The Grant Writing Tips handout provides applicants with helpful tips to consider when writing a grant proposal.

Glossary of Terms & Definitions
Applicants should refer to the Iowa Arts Council’s Glossary for clarification of program terms and definitions.

 

Project Grants

Project Grants create opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa by investing in projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in the state, demonstrate public value, and support Iowa Arts Council funding priorities.

Funding for Project Grants is made possible by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Arts Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (Iowa Arts Council) and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Artist Project Grant Guidelines
Organization Project Grant Guidelines
Rural Arts Development Project Grant Guidelines

 

Artist Fellowship

The Artist Fellowship provides support to individuals who demonstrate exceptional creativity in the arts and the capacity for continued contributions to the excellence and innovation of the arts in the State.

Funding for Project Grants is made possible by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Arts Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (Iowa Arts Council) and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Artist Fellowship Guidelines

 

Job Creation Grants

Job Creation Grants provide funds to support the creation of quality jobs for Iowans that contribute to the cultural vitality of Iowa.

Funding for Job Creation Grants is made possible by annual appropriations from the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Community Cultural Grant Program.

Job Creation Grant Guidelines

 

Operating Support Grants

Organizations designated as Cultural Leadership Partners by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs demonstrate an exemplary record of programming, managerial excellence and community service on a year-round basis to the citizens of Iowa.

Funding for Operating Support Grants is made possible in part by annual appropriations from the Iowa Legislature to the Arts Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (Iowa Arts Council) and to the County Endowment Fund – Cultural Grants state budget line item, and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

 

Cultural Trust Endowment Challenge Grants

Cultural Trust Endowment Challenge Grants incentivize giving to Iowa’s cultural organizations by providing matching dollars to endowment funds intended to supplement organizational operating budgets.

Funding for the Cultural Trust Endowment Support Grants is made possible by appropriations from the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Cultural Trust.

Cultural Trust Endowment Challenge Grant Guidelines

 

Cultural Trust Stability Grants

Iowa Cultural Trust Stability Grants assist Iowa cultural organizations in reaching fiscal stability and instituting best practices in organizational strategic planning and management. 

Funding for Cultural Trust Stability Grants is made possible by appropriations from the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Cultural Trust.

Cultural Trust Stability Grant Guidelines

 

Big Yellow School Bus Grants

Big Yellow School Bus Grants help underwrite field trips for pre-K-12 schools to attend arts events.

Funding for Big Yellow School Bus Grants is made possible by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Arts Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (Iowa Arts Council) and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Big Yellow School Bus applications will next be offered beginning August 1, 2015.

Big Yellow School Bus Grant Guidelines