Artist Catalyst Grant

    Apply for funding to enhance your artistic skills and practice, advance your business management, or expand the audience or market for your work. Artist Catalyst Grants provide support to Iowa artists, filmmakers, musicians and creative writers to elevate the creative field in Iowa.

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

    • Who: Iowa Artists, including Performing and Visual Artists, Filmmakers, Musicians, Creative Writers
    • 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.
      • February 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM for the funding period of March 1, 2023 - 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 1, 2022
    11:00 a.m., April 29, 2022
    11:00 a.m., July 5, 2022
    11:00 a.m., July 20, 2022
    11:00 a.m., October 4, 2022
    11:00 a.m., October 19, 2022
    11:00 a.m., January 10, 2023
    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.

    Grant Award History

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