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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 enhance your artistic skills and practice, advance your business management, or expand the audience or market for your work. Artist Catalyst Grants provide support to Iowa artists, filmmakers, musicians and creative writers to elevate the creative field in Iowa.

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

  • Who: Iowa Artists, including Performing and Visual Artists, Filmmakers, Musicians, Creative Writers
  • What: $500 - $2,500 with a 50% cash 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 1, 2022
11:00 a.m., April 29, 2022
11:00 a.m., July 5, 2022
11:00 a.m., July 20, 2022
11:00 a.m., October 4, 2022
11:00 a.m., October 19, 2022
11:00 a.m., January 10, 2023
11:00 a.m., January 25, 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 Sort descending Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
"Musings" by Lex Leto x Christine Burke Ensemble Christine Burke Iowa City Johnson 2023 $1,000.00
Advancing Experimental Film Practice Jenelle Stafford Iowa City Johnson 2023 $2,500.00
Antifahorn Off the Grid John Engelbrecht Iowa City Johnson 2023 $2,500.00
AWP Travel Fund Support Nina Lohman Iowa City Johnson 2023 $850.00
Backward in High Heels: Installations by Ali Hval Alexandra Hval Iowa City Johnson 2023 $1,000.00
Black Excellence Antonio Chalmers Cedar Rapids Linn 2023 $2,500.00
Commissioning New Music Based on Literature Joshua Graham Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2023 $1,500.00
Completion of Manuscript, "Cures for Deep Wounds" Hannah Baker Saltmarsh Cedar Rapids Linn 2023 $2,500.00
Create an E-Commerce Website Jorge Chávez Colorado Malvern Mills 2023 $2,500.00
Creation of Promotional Catalog Jillian Moore Tipton Cedar 2023 $2,000.00
Deanta As Snáithín (Made of Fiber) Solo Exhibition Cynthia O'Hern Des Moines Polk 2023 $2,500.00
Development of New Work with Collaborator Ellen Kleckner Cedar Rapids Linn 2023 $2,470.00
Discipline Wins: A Novel Keith Lesmeister Decorah Winneshiek 2023 $1,750.00
Eleanor Grace, "Honey Darlin'" Music Video Eleanor Pickens Berntsen Des Moines Polk 2023 $1,850.00
Electric Kiln Purchase Owen Laurion Iowa City Johnson 2023 $1,397.00
Elison's Debut EP Marissa Kephart Perry Dallas 2023 $2,500.00
Expand Qualified Reach via upgrades & Iowa Festivals Jenna Lueck Sherrill Dubuque 2023 $2,500.00
Expanded Knowledge of the Ceramics Arts Jami Milne Des Moines Polk 2023 $2,453.00
Expanding Audience and Exposure Elissa Wenthe Fayette Fayette 2023 $2,400.00
Expanding Impact and Audience Jenni Petersen-Brant Dubuque Dubuque 2023 $2,000.00