American Rescue Plan Arts Grants are intended to reinvigorate arts and culture in communities across the state by supporting jobs and putting Iowa’s creative sector back to work.
Funding for the program is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, through the American Rescue Plan to the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Applicants must adhere to the funding policies of the Iowa Arts Council and federal government through 2 CFR Part 200.
October 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. for the funding period of July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions via email by November 1, 2021
Final Report Deadline
Grant recipients are required to complete a final report by August 1, 2022
Applicants may request funding for eligible expenses that are incurred and expended within the eligible funding period.
- Minimum Grant Request: $500
- Maximum Grant Request: $10,000
Grant funds must be used for expenses incurred within the eligible funding period of July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.
Eligible Use of Funds
Grant funds must support jobs, including stipends/fees, and/or one-time expenses for the development of a creative project that responds to the coronavirus pandemic with defined outcomes related to career and/or community development goals that will occur within the eligible funding period.
Types of eligible job expenses include:
- Applicant artist’s time spent on researching, planning, creating or presenting a new or expanded creative project, including community-focused projects, workshops, and activities
- Hiring support such as studio assistants, designers, editors, photographers, etc. for the creative project
- Hiring artistic collaborators such as band members, production crew, etc. for the creative project
- Hiring related contractors such as event planners, promoters, etc. for the creative project
Types of eligible project expenses include:
- Equipment purchases under $5,000 (must be specifically dedicated to the creative project)
- Materials (e.g. paint, costumes, props)
- Rentals (e.g. stages, lighting/sound, scissor lift, porta potties)
- Marketing (e.g. print material, ad buys, design fees)
Ineligible Use of Funds
Expenses that fall outside of the identified eligible expenses for the project may not be included as part of the grant request. Applicants that include ineligible expenses in the grant request will be considered ineligible. Ineligible grant request expenses and activities include:
- Ongoing and routine business expenses (i.e. overhead)
- Deficit or debt reduction, including loan, line-of-credit, or mortgage payments
- Donations or contributions to other organizations or businesses
- Equipment purchases over $5,000
- Expenses incurred prior to or after the funding period
- Foreign travel
- Fundraising or benefit
- Home office or home studio rent, including related expenses such as utilities
- Lobbying activity
- Overlapping project costs with any other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding and/or approved federal awards
- Prizes and awards
- Religious activity
- Unallowable expenses for federal awards as defined in 2 CFR 200 Subpart E - Cost Principles
Eligible applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Individuals who do not meet these requirements are not eligible to apply.
- Professional individual artist including visual/performing artist, filmmaker, musician, or creative writer
- 21 years of age or older
- Current, full-time Iowa resident with permanent address in Iowa
- Legal Iowa resident as defined by Iowa Code 422.4 and Iowa Administrative Code 701.38.17 (422)
- An application from an individual artist must support a project that is initiated and managed by the individual artist, not an organization or business. Project must be designed to benefit the individual artist and their original work and may not benefit an organization/business with which the individual applicant has a formal affiliation such as employment or volunteer service.
- Applicants who represent an artist collective, artist team, or band must apply as an individual on behalf of the group and clearly state their individual role in the project proposal as the individual will be legally obligated to the terms of the grant agreement.
The following types of entities are not eligible to apply:
- For-profit corporation or business
- Organization/individual that uses a fiscal agent or the Iowa nonprofit or federal tax-exempt status of another organization.
- Individuals enrolled in any type of undergraduate or graduate degree granting program on August 23, 2021
- Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grantees with an outstanding final report or who have been placed on a department funding moratorium
Iowa Arts Council Administered Grant Program Eligibility
- Applicants who have already received a fiscal year 2022 Iowa Arts Council administered grant are eligible to apply for an American Rescue Plan grant provided the proposed use of funds do not overlap expenses already covered by or used as match in the other grant program
- Applicants may not submit more than one application during a single grant deadline or cycle regardless of grant program
- Applicants may not submit applications to both the American Rescue Plan Arts Grant and the American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant
Applications are encouraged from all applicants that meet the applicant eligibility requirements; however, priority will be placed on applications from individuals that represent populations that have historically been under-resourced by arts and cultural funding due to geography, gender, race/ethnicity, disability, or socioeconomic status as defined in the fiscal year 2022 grant strategy.
Online Application Submission
Applicants must submit applications via the Iowa Arts Council’s SlideRoom, an online application portal. Applications will not be accepted in any other format. Late, incomplete or ineligible applications will not be accepted. Applicants can access the current online application requirements at iowaartscouncil.slideroom.com. Applicants must create a login to view the full application requirements for the program. Applicants can visit help.liaisonedu.com for technical assistance related to the online submission.
Department Eligibility Review
Submitted applications are reviewed by staff for completion, eligibility and adherence to published funding priorities and guidelines. Applications are reviewed as submitted. New application information or subsequent application clarification submitted after a program deadline is not considered. Staff will also review an applicant’s record of compliance and good standing with the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, State and Federal government. Applications or applicants determined by staff to be ineligible or incomplete will not move forward to panel review and are specifically denied any appeals process.
Competitive Panel Review
Eligible applications will be referred to a competitive review by a panel of Iowa arts and culture professionals with appropriate expertise commensurate to the purpose of the grant program. Applications will be scored and ranked based on the published scoring rubric. Panel ranking and recommendations are submitted to the Administrator of the Iowa Arts Council and Director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for consideration and funding approval. Applications will be awarded funding based on the ranked list, funding priorities, and available funding. All funding decisions are final and may not be appealed due to dissatisfaction. Applicants may review the department appeals policy for information on grounds for appeal and the appeal process.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions via email by November 1, 2021. Applicants are notified of the status of their application whether they are or are not selected to receive funding. Applicants will be contacted if any additional information is required and are encouraged to refrain from contacting staff for application status updates until funding decisions are made.