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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 Pella Historical Society and Museums Pella Marion 2023 $15,000.00
Operating Support Spencer Community Theatre Spencer Clay 2023 $10,000.00
Operating Support Dubuque County Historical Society Dubuque Dubuque 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Summer of the Arts Iowa City Johnson 2023 $15,000.00
Operating Support Quad City Symphony Orchestra Davenport Scott 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Living History Farms Urbandale Polk 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Des Moines Symphony Orchestra & Academy Des Moines Polk 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Museum of Danish America Elk Horn Shelby 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Brucemore Cedar Rapids Linn 2023 $20,000.00
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 Riverside Theatre Iowa City Johnson 2023 $10,000.00
Operating Support Muscatine Art Center Muscatine Muscatine 2023 $15,000.00
Operating Support Ballet Des Moines West Des Moines Polk 2023 $15,000.00
Operating Support Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Cedar Rapids Linn 2023 $20,000.00
Science Center of Iowa Science Center of Iowa Des Moines Polk 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support Sioux City Public Museum Sioux City Woodbury 2023 $20,000.00
Operating Support ArtForce Iowa Des Moines Polk 2023 $10,000.00
Operating Support Des Moines Metro Opera Indianola Warren 2023 $20,000.00