Iowa Arts Council sets May 1 grant application deadline

    DES MOINES – A new round of Iowa Arts Council grant programs opens this spring, and artists, nonprofit organizations, communities, tribal councils and schools are encouraged to apply online by May 1, 2017.

    The Iowa Arts Council strives to create opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa by nurturing cultural leadership and investing in projects that provide access to creative experiences in communities and public spaces throughout Iowa. Last year, the Iowa Arts Council invested nearly $1.6 million through 232 grants to arts and culture projects in 545 locations. That investment leveraged an additional $2.3 million in local, private matching funds for Iowa's cultural sector, which comprises about four percent of Iowa's workforce.

    "Across Iowa, communities of every size are seizing opportunities to invest in the arts," Iowa Arts Council Administrator Matthew Harris said. "State investment in the arts serves as a catalyst for local creativity and is essential for Iowa to remain competitive in attracting businesses and employees who prioritize quality of life when they consider where they want to live and work."

    A list of Fiscal Year 2018 grant programs and summaries with a May 1, 2017, application deadline follows:

    Applications for the grant programs listed above must be submitted online by May 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted. The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

    Grant Description
    Art Project Grant Provides $1,000 to $10,000 to artists, nonprofits, schools and communities to support arts projects across Iowa.
    Arts Build Communities Grant Provides $10,000​ and technical assistance from the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University​ to nonprofits, schools and communities to uniquely address civic challenges and community issues through the arts.
    Capacity Building Grant Provides $2,500 in general operating support to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations with budgets under $150,000.
    Cultural Heritage Project Grant Provides $1,000 to $10,000 to nonprofits and communities to support cultural heritage projects across Iowa.
    Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Grant ​Provides $30,000 to $60,000 in general operating support over three years to​ ​nonprofit arts or cultural organizations​ ​with budgets over $150,000.
    Cultural Trust Stability Grant Provides $1,000 to $2,500 from the Iowa Cultural Trust to nonprofit ​arts and ​cultural organizations to support fiscal stability and instituting best practices in organizational strategic planning and management. (The principal funds of the Cultural Trust will soon be transferred to help offset a shortfall in the state's general fund, but Sability Grants will be issued until the trust's interest is fully depleted.)
    Iowa Artist Fellowship Program Provides $10,000 and professional development to Iowa artists to advance their careers in Iowa.​ The letter of interest is due in advance of the application on March 15, 2017. ​
    School Arts Experience (formerly the ​Big ​Yellow School Bus Grant) Provides $200 to $1,000 to schools to underwrite the cost of field trips to attend an arts event, in-school artist residencies or arts equipment for the classroom.

    The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions – the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa - State Office of Media Production and the State Historical Society of Iowa – empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. The department’s work enables Iowa to be recognized as a state that fosters creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present and future generations.