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 lindsay.keast@iowa.gov.

    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.


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