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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.

Type of Grant
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Grant Awards History

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Project Title Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount Sort descending
Operating Support Muscatine Art Center Muscatine Muscatine 2020 $10,000.00
Des Moines Symphony Season Debut Concert Des Moines Symphony Association Des Moines Polk 2016 $10,000.00
Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Ballet Quad Cities Rock Island Out of State 2017 $10,000.00
Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Summer of the Arts Iowa City Johnson 2017 $10,000.00
Operating Support Bell Tower Theater Dubuque Dubuque 2023 $10,000.00
Operating Support Riverside Theatre Iowa City Johnson 2022 $10,000.00
Operating Support CultureALL Urbandale Polk 2022 $10,000.00
Operating Support Civic Music Association Des Moines Polk 2021 $10,000.00
Operating Support Northeast Iowa School of Music Dubuque Dubuque 2020 $10,000.00
Operating Support Iowa Youth Chorus Windsor Heights Polk 2018 $10,000.00
Operating Support Charles H. MacNider Art Museum Mason City Cerro Gordo 2018 $10,000.00
Operating Support James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2018 $10,000.00
Visiting Artist Series 14-15 Quad City Arts Rock Island Rock Island 2015 $10,000.00
Masterworks Six - Gustav Mahler's Symphony #2 Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association Davenport Scott 2016 $10,000.00
Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Dubuque Museum of Art Dubuque Dubuque 2016 $10,000.00
Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Iowa Youth Chorus Windsor Heights Polk 2016 $10,000.00
Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Octagon Center for the Arts Ames Story 2017 $10,000.00
2016-2017 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Des Moines Performing Arts Des Moines Polk 2017 $10,000.00
Cultural Division, City of Cedar Falls Cultural Leadership Partner Grant Cultural Division, City of Cedar Falls Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2015 $10,000.00
Civic Music Association Cultural Leadership Partner Grant Civic Music Association Des Moines Polk 2015 $10,000.00