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Cultural Capacity Building Grant

Note: This funding opportunity is no longer currently accepting applications. See below for resources to manage your grant award.

Apply for general operating support for your arts, cultural or humanities nonprofit. Cultural Capacity Building Grants provide support over a two-year period to small nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing their cultural and managerial excellence and community service.

Funding for the program is made possible by the Iowa Legislature and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Who: Iowa Arts, Cultural or Humanities Nonprofits with annual operating expenses of $10,000 - $150,000
  • What: $5,000 in fiscal years 2023 and 2024, for a total award of $10,000
  • When: May 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM for the funding period of July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024.


How to Apply

  1. Read the guidelines
  2. Watch the recorded informational webinar
  3. Submit the application

Grant Writing Resources

Virtual Office Hours
Drop in on virtual office hours via Zoom to ask program staff questions. Potential applicants are welcome to join at any time during the following open hours to ask questions about applying to the program.

When and How to Join
11:00 a.m., April 7, 2022
11:00 a.m., April 25, 2022
Office Hours Zoom Link
Office Hours Call-In: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 626 286 2564

Automatic closed captioning will be provided. For additional accommodations, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator Lindsay Keast at 515-281-8352 or

Example Applications
Take a look at examples of previously submitted applications. Example applications are for reference only. Programs change from year to year so applicants should ensure they are responding to current application requirements.

Grant Terms and Definitions

Check out the glossary for definitions of grant terms used in the guidelines. 


Manage Your Grant

Grantee Handbook

See the Grantee Handbook to learn how to manage your grant, including contract compliance and publicity.

Final Report

As a grant recipient, you must complete the final report form at the end of the process and share the impact of the project on arts and culture in Iowa.

Type of Grant
Organization Grants
Humanities Grants
IAC Grants
Active Grant Programs

Grant Awards History

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Project Title Sort descending Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
General Operating ArtHaus Decorah Winneshiek 2018 $2,500.00
General Operating Central Gardens of North Iowa Clear Lake Cerro Gordo 2018 $2,500.00
General Operating Genesius Theatre Foundation Rock Island Scott 2018 $2,500.00
General Operating Artisan's Sanctuary Marion Linn 2018 $2,500.00
General Operating LeMars Arts Council Le Mars Plymouth 2018 $2,500.00
General Operating Chamber Singers of Iowa City Iowa City Johnson 2018 $2,500.00
General Operating Iowa Alliance for Arts Education Hampton Franklin 2018 $2,500.00
General Operating Dubuque Chorale Dubuque Dubuque 2018 $2,500.00
General Operating Iowa Genealogical Society Des Moines Polk 2018 $2,500.00
General Operating Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble Des Moines Polk 2018 $2,500.00
Oeprating Support Central Gardens of North Iowa Clear Lake Cerro Gordo 2021 $5,000.00
Operating Support Tallgrass Theatre Company West Des Moines Polk 2021 $5,000.00
Operating Support Story Theater Company Ames Story 2021 $5,000.00
Operating Support South Square Saint Ansgar Mitchell 2021 $5,000.00
Operating Support Bix Beiderbecke Museum & World Archives Davenport Scott 2023 $5,000.00
Operating Support Rising Star Theatre Company Dubuque Dubuque 2021 $5,000.00
Operating Support Arts on Grand Spencer Clay 2023 $5,000.00
Operating Support Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre Des Moines Polk 2019 $5,000.00
Operating Support Playtime Poppy Children's Theatre Cedar Rapids Linn 2021 $5,000.00
Operating Support Creston:Arts Creston Union 2023 $5,000.00