American Rescue Plan Arts Grants - Organizations
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: $2,500
- Maximum Grant Request: $20,000
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 may only be used to support jobs in response to the coronavirus pandemic such as:
- salaries or wages for one or more jobs, including hiring or rehiring new or existing positions that are dedicated to the general operations and arts programs of the organization.
- Institutions of higher education are only eligible to apply to support jobs whose main function is providing or supporting public programming. Funds cannot be used to support academic positions.
- fees/stipends for contract personnel, including artists, for services provided that are dedicated to the ongoing operations or arts programs of the organization within the eligible funding period.
- The services must be part of the organization’s regular, day-to-day work and cannot be for a new or special project or program.
Arts organizations, that have the arts as their core mission, can utilize funds to support jobs dedicated to the general operations and programs of the organization such as salaries or wages, full or partial, of staff position(s); or fees or stipends for artists and/or contractual personnel for services provided. Funds may only be used for jobs involved in specific activities that support the organization’s general operations and may not be used to support a new or special project or program.
Non-arts organizations, that have a non-arts core mission but that manage related, ongoing arts program(s), can utilize funds to support jobs dedicated to the arts program(s) such as salaries or wages, full or partial, of staff position(s); or fees or stipends for artists and/or contractual personnel for services provided. Funds may only be used for jobs involved in specific activities that support the organization’s ongoing arts program(s) and may not be used to support a new or special project or program. Salaries and wages of staff positions must be prorated to only include time dedicated to administering the arts program(s).
Ineligible Use of Funds
Expenses that fall outside of the identified eligible expenses 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:
- Capital expenditures, including equipment
- Deficit or debt reduction, including loan, line-of-credit, or mortgage payments
- Donations or contributions to other organizations or businesses
- Equipment purchases or rentals
- Expenses incurred prior to or after the funding period
- Foreign travel
- Fundraising or benefit
- Lobbying activity
- Overlapping 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 be one of the following types of entities. Entities who do not meet these requirements are not eligible to apply.
- Federally tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated and physically located in Iowa
- Physical location of the organization is defined as maintaining a current home office and registered agent address in Iowa defined by Iowa Code 490.501 as well as maintaining a primary staff presence physically located and working in Iowa
- Unit of local, county or federally-recognized tribal government physically located in Iowa
- Units within institutions of higher education that are physically located in Iowa that have the arts as their core mission and offer public programs are eligible. However, institutions of higher education are limited to one application, from one unit, and may neither apply for nor receive grant funds for multiple units.
The following types of entities are not eligible to apply
- For-profit corporations or businesses
- Public and private schools that serve grades pre-K through 12
- Academic departments or non-arts units within institutions of higher education
- Entities located in a border community
- Entities using a fiscal agent or the nonprofit status of another organization.
- Entities that serve as fiscal agents may only apply for their own operations or programs
- 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
- Institutions of higher education are limited to submitting one American Rescue Plan Arts Grant application, for one arts unit, to this program.
- Applicants may not submit applications to both the American Rescue Plan Arts Grant and the American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant.
- Institutions of higher education may submit applications to both the American Rescue Plan Arts Grant and the American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant if applying for different units that have the arts and humanities, respectively, as their core mission.
Applications are encouraged from all applicants that meet the applicant eligibility requirements; however, priority will be placed on applications from organizations that have not received Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (SVOG) or second draw Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds and/or are led by and/or primarily serve populations that have historically been under-resourced by arts and cultural funding due to geography, race/ethnicity, or socioeconomic status as defined in the Grants Terms and Definitions.
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.