Iowa Arts & Culture Resilience Grant
As part of its broader fiscal year 2022 grant funding strategy, the Iowa Arts Council has transitioned Art Project Grants, Capacity Building Grants and Cultural Heritage Project Grants to Resilience Grants for fiscal year 2022.
Iowa Arts & Culture Resilience Grants provide flexible support to Iowa’s arts, humanities and cultural nonprofit organizations to undertake activities that expand organizational capacity, increase financial stability, promote equity and inclusion, and enhance programmatic offerings.
Funding for the Iowa Arts & Culture Resilience Grant is made possible by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, both federal agencies. Applicants must adhere to the funding policies of the Iowa Arts Council and federal government through 2 CFR Part 200.
Fiscal Year 2022 Application Deadline
May 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. for the funding period of July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions via email by June 30, 2021
Final Report Deadline
Grant recipients are required to complete a final report by August 1, 2022
Grant amounts will be awarded based on an organization’s annual cash operating expenses, taken as an average of the organization’s last two fiscal years (2018 and 2019).
Organizational Cash Operating Expenses
$10,000 - $49,999
Grant Award: $2,500
$50,000 - $149,999
Grant Award: $5,000
$150,000 - $499,999
Grant Award: $7,500
Grant Award: $10,000
Eligible Use of Funds
Grant funds may be used to support programmatic and operating expenses incurred within the eligible funding period. Funds must be used to support direct costs for activities that fulfill the mission of the grant recipient and support strategic goals as outlined by the organization and its leadership.
Ineligible Use of Funds
Grant funds may not be used for the following activities or expenses:
- Capital expenditures, including equipment over a total of $5,000 per unit
- Deficit or debt reduction, including loan, line-of-credit, or mortgage payments
- Donations or contributions to other organizations
- Expenses incurred prior to or after the funding period
- Foreign travel
- Fundraising or benefit
- Lobbying activity
- Loss of revenue
- Prizes and awards
- Religious activity
Grant funds must be used for expenses incurred within the eligible funding period of July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.
Matching Funds Requirement
Applicants are required to demonstrate matching funds for the direct costs that support the proposed activities in an amount that is equal to or greater than the total grant amount requested from the Iowa Arts Council. Applicants may not request more than 50% of the total cost of the proposal in grant funding. For fiscal year 2022, the required match may be either in-kind or cash. Grant funds from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs or its divisions shall not be used as matching funds for this program.
Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements. Entities who do not meet these requirements are not eligible to apply.
1. Type of Organization
Applicant must be a Nonprofit Art, Humanities, or Cultural Organization
- has a primary purpose and mission statement to create, educate, produce, present or preserve content related to the arts, humanities, or interpretative sciences.
- Organizations whose primary mission is focused on other areas, such as economic development, health and wellness or social services, but offer some arts and/or cultural programming, are not eligible.
- an arts, humanities or cultural department or division of a municipal government that is also incorporated in Iowa under the Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act (does not include libraries, parks, or recreation departments).
- be incorporated in Iowa under the Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act and hold federal 501(c)3 tax-exempt status
- be registered to do business in the State of Iowa with the Secretary of State’s Office
- be physically located and operating in Iowa
- Physical location of the organization is defined as maintaining a current home office and registered agent address in Iowa defined by Iowa Code 490.501 as well as maintaining a primary staff presence physically located and working in Iowa
- Entities located in a border community may be eligible under the Border State Policy
- have an annual cash operating expense budget, exclusive of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Arts Council general operating support, of $10,000 or more
3. Accessibility - Americans with Disabilities Act
Applicant must be in compliance or actively working to be in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The laws prohibit discrimination against individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities. Both programmatic and structural accessibility must be addressed.
4. Strategic Plan
Applicant must demonstrate evidence of long-range planning. Acceptable forms of long-range planning may include an operating plan, multi-year budget, institutional or strategic plan.
The following types of entities are not eligible to apply:
- For-profit corporation or business; public library; county fair; religious organization; political party, or national service/professional organization.
- Organization that uses a fiscal agent or the nonprofit or federal tax-exempt status of another organization.
- Agency, department, or division of county, state, or federal government, including: libraries, parks and recreation, and arts and cultural offices that exist as an agency, department or division of county, state or federal government.
- Auditorium, arena, convention center or similar type of venue whose primary purpose is related to presenting popular entertainment, sporting or recreational events.
- Educational institution, organization or pre-K through 12 school, whose primary orientation, mission and purpose is education and the awarding of academic credits.
- Iowa Arts Council administered grantees who have already received a grant from the department for the current application funding period.
- Iowa Great Places and Strengthening Communities grantees with an active grant contract are not eligible to apply.
- Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grantees with an outstanding final report or who have been placed on a department funding moratorium.
Iowa Arts Council Administered Grant Program Eligibility
- Applicants may not submit more than one application during a single grant deadline or cycle regardless of grant program
- Applicants that meet eligibility requirements and apply for the Cultural Leadership Partners program will be considered for funding through the Resilience Grant if entity is not awarded Cultural Leadership Partner funding
Applications are encouraged from all applicants that meet the applicant eligibility requirements; however, priority will be placed on applications from organizations that are led by and/or primarily serve populations that have historically been under-resourced by arts and cultural funding due to geography, race/ethnicity, or socioeconomic status as defined in the Grants Terms and Definitions.
Department Eligibility Review
Submitted applications are reviewed by staff for completion, eligibility and adherence to published funding priorities and guidelines. Applications are reviewed as submitted. New application information or subsequent application clarification submitted after a program deadline is not considered. Staff will also review an applicant’s record of compliance and good standing with the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, State and Federal government. Applications or applicants determined by staff to be ineligible or incomplete will not move forward to panel review and are specifically denied any appeals process.
Competitive Panel Review
Eligible applications will be referred to a competitive review by a volunteer citizen panel of Iowa arts, humanities, culture professionals or scholars with appropriate expertise commensurate to the purpose of the grant program. Applications will be scored and ranked based on the published scoring rubric. Panel ranking and recommendations are submitted to the Administrator of the Iowa Arts Council and Director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for consideration and funding approval. Applications will be awarded funding based on the ranked list, funding priorities, and available funding. All funding decisions are final and may not be appealed due to dissatisfaction. Applicants may review the department appeals policy for information on grounds for appeal and the appeal process.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions via email by June 30, 2021. Applicants are notified of the status of their application whether they are or are not awarded funding. Applicants will be contacted if any additional information is required and are encouraged to refrain from contacting staff for application status updates until funding decisions are made.