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Cultural Leadership Partners

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

Demonstrate your investment in a rich cultural environment that improves the quality of life for all Iowans by becoming a Cultural Leadership Partner. Partners are designated every three years and receive grant funds to support operating and programmatic costs throughout the three-year cycle. Cultural Leadership Partners demonstrate an exemplary record of programming, managerial excellence and community service on a year-round basis to the citizens of Iowa; sound fiscal and managerial practices; and deliberate community outreach and involvement.

  • Who: Iowa Nonprofit Cultural, Humanities or Arts Organizations
  • What: Designation and $30,000 - $60,000 in funding over a three year period
  • When: May 3, 2021 for the funding period of July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024


How to Apply

  1. Read the guidelines 
  2. Watch the informational webinar
  3. Drop in on virtual office hours via Zoom to ask program staff questions at 10:00 a.m., March 18 and April 15
    Office Hours Zoom Link 
    Office Hours Zoom Call-In: 312-626-6799
    Meeting ID: 626 286 2564
  4. Submit the application 

Manage Your Grant

Grantee Handbook

Download 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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Grant Awards History

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Project Title Applicant City County Fiscal year Sort ascending Grant Amount
Operating Support Civic Music Association Des Moines Polk 2023 $10,000.00
Operating Support Mainframe Studios Des Moines Polk 2023 $15,000.00
Operating Support Dubuque Arboretum Association, Inc. Dubuque Dubuque 2023 $10,000.00
Operating Support Iowa Arboretum Madrid Boone 2023 $10,000.00
Operating Support Hoyt Sherman Place Des Moines Polk 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Amana Heritage Society Amana Iowa 2023 $10,000.00
Operating Support Orchestra Iowa Cedar Rapids Linn 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Iowa Children's Museum Coralville Johnson 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Bell Tower Theater Dubuque Dubuque 2023 $10,000.00
Operating Support Quad City Arts Rock Island Scott 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area Waterloo Black Hawk 2023 $15,000.00
Operating Support Octagon Center for the Arts Ames Story 2023 $10,000.00
Operating Support Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Des Moines Polk 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children's Theatre Waterloo Black Hawk 2023 $15,000.00
Operating Support Des Moines Art Center Des Moines Polk 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Figge Art Museum Davenport Scott 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Surf Ballroom & Museum Clear Lake Cerro Gordoa 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Englert Theatre Iowa City Johnson 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Pearson Lakes Art Center Okoboji Dickinson 2023 $15,000.00
Operating Support Putnam Museum and Science Center Davenport Scott 2023 $20,000.00