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

These program guidelines are subject to change after the publication date. Changes will be clearly noted on this page.

Apply for funding to support projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in the state and demonstrate public value. Eligible art projects must include exceptional arts activities, involve collaboration and provide access to Iowans.

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

  • Who: Iowa Artists, Nonprofits, Schools, Local Governments
  • What:
    • Individual Artists: $1,000 - $10,000 with 50% cash match requirement
    • Organizations: $2,500 - $10,000 with 50% cash match requirement
  • When: May 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM for the funding period of July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024.

Changes for FY2024 - Individual Artists Only
For the current grant cycle, the Iowa Arts Council has combined the Art Project Grant for individual artists and Iowa Artist Fellowship applications into one application.

  • Art Project Grants for individual artists range from $1,000 to $10,000 with 50% cash match requirement and support the creation or presentation of an original work of art, arts experience or arts learning opportunity that will increase the vitality of the arts in Iowa.
  • The Iowa Artist Fellowship is a one-time, $10,000 award, paired with robust professional development, peer mentorship and coaching opportunities, that supports Iowa artists who are committed to advancing their artistic practice and are at a pivotal stage in their career.

Within the application, applicants may select which program(s) they would like to be considered for funding. This new process eliminates the round one and round two Fellowship applications, reduces the burden on applicants, and allows applicants to be considered for an Art Project Grant if not selected for an Artist Fellowship.

Applicants may only receive one award. Funding for these artist support programs is provided by the Iowa Legislature and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM for the funding period of July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024. This deadline is for the Art Project Grant for Artists and Iowa Artist Fellowship combined application.

How to Apply

For all potential applicants, both individual artists and organizations.

  1. Read the appropriate guidelines:
  2. Watch recorded informational webinars for an overview of program requirements, tips and advice on how to complete the application, and more. Search for the “Fiscal Year 2024 Grant Webinars” playlist on the @IowaCulture YouTube channel for all relevant webinars. (Webinars will be available in early February.)
  3. Submit the application.

Grant Writing Resources

Question & Answer Session
Potential applicants are welcome to join Iowa Arts Council staff for a virtual public question and answer session via Zoom to ask questions about applying to the program. Potential applicants are encouraged to review all written guidelines and informational webinars prior to attending this session.

When and How to Join
4:00 p.m., February 21, 2023 - Combined Question & Answer Session for both the Art Project Grant for Artists and Iowa Artist Fellowship
12:00 p.m., February 23, 2023 - Art Project Grant for Organizations
Question & Answer Session Zoom Link
Q&A Call-In: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 626 286 2564

Schedule a Meeting
Potential applicants are welcome to schedule a brief meeting with the program manager in advance of the application deadline if the applicant has additional questions. Potential applicants are encouraged to review all written guidelines and informational webinars prior to scheduling a meeting with a program manager. Meetings can be scheduled directly with the program manager using the following scheduling page via Calendly:

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.

Fiscal Year 2023 Guidelines

Fiscal Year 2023 Grantees may use the Fiscal Year 2023 Arts Project Grant Program Guidelines for reference throughout the funding period of July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.

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 Sort descending Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
"Mr. Lee T. Gobble" Public Art Creation Phase Two Fairfield Art Association Fairfield Jefferson 2017 $10,000.00
#KnowJustice Project ArtForceIowa Des Moines Polk 2016 $5,000.00
100 Years of Hollywood:The Laemmle Effect German American Heritage Center Davenport Scott 2017 $5,300.00
10th Annual BMAI Honey Creek Bluegrass Festival Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa Drakesville Davis 2020 $10,000.00
11th Annual BMAI Honey Creek Bluegrass Festival Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa Drakesville Davis 2021 $10,000.00
2014 Carnival Arts Public Engagement Project Loyce Arthur Iowa City Johnson 2014 $10,000.00
2015 Sculpture Exhibit River City Sculptures on Parade Mason City Cerro Gordo 2015 $10,000.00
2016 Grant Wood Symposium Grant Wood Art Colony Iowa City Johnson 2017 $10,000.00
2017 Rural Concert Series Cedar Valley Chamber Music Waterloo Black Hawk 2018 $2,600.00
2018 Dido and Aeneas Opera Production Morningside College Sioux City Woodbury 2018 $10,000.00
2018 Summer Music Academy City Voices Des Moines Polk 2019 $4,360.00
2018-2019 Visiting Artist Series Quad City Arts Rock Island Scott 2019 $10,000.00
2019 CVCM Festival Concert Tour of Iowa Cedar Valley Chamber Music Waterloo Black Hawk 2020 $2,200.00
2019-2020 Visiting Artist Series Quad City Arts Rock Island Scott 2020 $10,000.00
2020-2021 Visiting Artist Series Quad City Arts Rock Island Scott 2021 $10,000.00
2021 Business of Art Conference Ames Community Arts Council Ames Story 2021 $10,000.00
2022 Chamber Music Festival: American Voices Cedar Valley Chamber Music Waterloo Black Hawk 2023 $5,750.00
2022/23 Mission Imagination at Iowa Western Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony Omaha Pottawattamie 2023 $10,000.00
4th Annual Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa Festival Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa, Inc BMAI Drakesville Davis 2014 $9,000.00
5th Annual BMAI Honey Creek Resort Festival Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa Drakesville Davis 2015 $10,000.00