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School Arts Experience Grant

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

Apply for funding to present fine arts activities, performances and educational content that expand learning opportunities for Iowa K-12 students. School Arts Experience Grants provide support to schools, professional teaching artists and non-profit organizations to strengthen the role of the arts in student learning and achievement.

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

  • Who: Iowa Schools, Professional Teaching Artists, Nonprofits
  • What: $500-$2,500 with a 50% cash match requirement 
  • When: Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis throughout fiscal year 2023 which runs from July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.
    • May 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM for the funding period of July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.
    • August 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM for the funding period of September 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.
    • November 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM for the funding period of December 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.

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 6, 2022
11:00 a.m., April 26, 2022
11:00 a.m., July 7, 2022
11:00 a.m., July 19, 2022
11:00 a.m., October 6, 2022
11:00 a.m., October 18, 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
Artist Grants
Organization Grants
K-12 Education Grants
IAC Grants
Active Grant Programs

Grant Awards History

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Project Title Sort descending Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
A Midsummer Night's Dream North Fayette Valley High School West Union Fayette 2016 $500.00
Albia High School Trip to Indian Hills College Theatre Performance Albia High School Albia Monroe 2014 $200.00
Alden Elementary School Trip to Stephens Auditorium for Theatre Performance Alden Elementary School Alden Hardin 2014 $200.00
Alexander Who's Not, Not, Not, Not Going to Move East Sac County Elementary Lake View Sac 2016 $500.00
Allison Elementary Trip to Theater Performance Allison Elementary Allison Butler 2015 $200.00
Alternative Classroom Central Iowa Christian School Grinnell Poweshiek 2016 $500.00
American Gothic House Center Horace Mann Elementary School Ottumwa Wapello 2016 $500.00
Aplington Elementary Trip to Performance of the Lion King Aplington Elementary Aplington Butler 2015 $200.00
Aplington Elementary Trip to the Civic Center for Performance Aplington Elementary Aplington Butler 2014 $200.00
Aquin Catholic Elementary School Trip to Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Aquin Catholic Elementary School Cascade Dubuque 2015 $200.00
Archbishop Hennessy Catholic School Trip to Performance of Charlotte's Web Archbishop Hennessy Catholic School Dyersville Delaware 2014 $200.00
Archbishop Hennessy Catholic School Trip to The Berenstain Bears Live Archbishop Hennessy Catholic School Dyersville Delaware 2015 $200.00
Architective Walking Tours for Elementary Students Iowa Architectural Foundation Des Moines Polk 2023 $2,500.00
Art Connections Corning Opera House Cultural Center Corning Adams 2023 $2,000.00
Art Equipment - Printmaking Supplies Durant Elementary School Durant Cedar 2018 $995.00
Art Equipment Purchase Prince of Peace Catholic School Clinton Clinton 2019 $886.00
Art Equipment Purchase Creston High School Creston Union 2019 $887.00
Art Equipment Purchase Durant High School Durant Cedar 2019 $923.00
Art Equipment Purchase Van Meter High School Van Meter Dallas 2019 $955.00
Art Equipment Purchase West Cedar Elementary Waverly Bremer 2019 $1,000.00