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

Apply for funding to develop arts and culture projects that advance creative placemaking as a community workforce or tourism strategy. Creative Places Project Grants provide support for small projects that engage artists, creative workers and cultural organizations to enhance Iowa communities.

Funding for the program is provided by the Iowa Legislature.

  • Who: Iowa Nonprofits, Communities
  • What: $500 - $2,500 with a 1:1 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 11, 2022
11:00 a.m., April 21, 2022
11:00 a.m., July 6, 2022
11:00 a.m., July 21, 2022
11:00 a.m., October 5, 2022
11:00 a.m., October 20, 2022
11:00 a.m., January 11, 2023
11:00 a.m., January 26, 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 Jennie Knoebel at or 515-242-6194.

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 Awards History

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Project Title Applicant City Sort descending County Fiscal year Grant Amount
Mayfly Mayhem Art Center of Burlington Burlington Des Moines 2023 $1,945.00
Rock the Block NewBo City Market Cedar Rapids Linn 2023 $2,500.00
Town of Colors Mural Project 2022 Whitewater Wall Charles City Arts Center Charles City Floyd 2023 $2,500.00
Inside Out Coralville Coralville Public Library Coralville Johnson 2023 $2,500.00
OneSound Piano Project River Music Experience Davenport Scott 2023 $2,500.00
Public Art Installation Plum Creek Art Gallery Fredericksburg Clayton 2023 $2,500.00
Alley CATS (CATS-Creative Art Through The Streets) City of Grundy Center Grundy Center Grundy 2023 $2,500.00
Community Canvas Shelby County Wellness Alliance Harlan Shelby 2023 $2,500.00
Hawarden Mural Hawarden Area Arts Council Hawarden Sioux 2023 $2,000.00
takepART - Neighborhood Mural Project Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance Marshalltown Marshall 2023 $2,500.00
Summer Concert Series North Iowa Band Festival Foundation Mason City Cerro Gordo 2023 $2,500.00
Footbridge Sculpture River City Sculptures on Parade, Inc. Mason City Cerro Gordo 2023 $2,500.00
Perry Mural Project Perry Economic Development Perry Dallas 2023 $2,500.00
Cedar County Creative Places Signage Cedar County Development Foundation Tipton Cedar 2023 $2,495.00
Fiber Arts February Washington Free Public Library Washington Washington 2023 $2,000.00