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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 Grant Amount Sort descending
Operating Support Bell Tower Theater Dubuque Dubuque 2022 $10,000.00
Operating Support Bell Tower Productions Dubuque Dubuque 2019 $10,000.00
Operating Support Arts on Grand Spencer Clay 2018 $10,000.00
Adaptation of The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore The Englert Theatre Iowa City Johnson 2016 $10,000.00
Dance Me a Story Ballet Quad Cities Rock Island Scott 2016 $10,000.00
Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Charles H. MacNider Art Museum Mason City Cerro Gordo 2017 $10,000.00
Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Iowa Arboretum Ames Story 2017 $10,000.00
Cultural Leadership Partner Operating Support Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra Mt. Pleasant Henry 2017 $10,000.00
Ensemble Dal Niente and Matt Haimovitz Civic Music Association Des Moines Polk 2017 $10,000.00
Operating Support Ballet Quad Cities Rock Island Scott 2023 $10,000.00
Operating Support The Sawmill Museum Clinton Clinton 2023 $10,000.00
Operating Support James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts Cedar Falls Black Hawk 2023 $10,000.00
Operating Support Ballet Quad Cities Rock Island Scott 2022 $10,000.00
Operating Support Red Cedar Chamber Music Marion Linn 2019 $10,000.00
Operating Support Spencer Community Theatre Spencer Clay 2018 $10,000.00
Operating Support Blanden Art Museum Fort Dodge Webster 2018 $10,000.00
Operating Support Amana Heritage Society Amana Iowa 2018 $10,000.00
Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Des Moines Performing Arts Des Moines Polk 2016 $10,000.00
Landfall Festival of World Music Legion Arts Cedar Rapids Linn 2016 $10,000.00
Ballet Quad Cities Cultural Leadership Partner Grant Ballet Quad Cities Rock Island Rock Island 2015 $10,000.00