Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund

    The Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund provides short-term financial relief to those in the arts, cultural, creative and humanities fields most impacted by state disaster declarations, natural disasters, and other forms of emergencies.

    The Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund has been activated to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Public Health Emergency Declaration in the State of Iowa issued by Governor Kim Reynolds on March 17, 2020. Grants awarded through the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund are intended to support those most impacted and vulnerable by serving as a bridge between severe financial loss and other state and federal public assistance. The program is administered by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

    How to Apply

    The Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund is not currently accepting applications. Should additional funding become available, the application period may reopen.


    2020 Program Activation - Round One

    Who: Artists, Arts Nonprofits
    What: $1,000 for eligible Iowa artists and $2,500 for eligible Iowa arts nonprofits
    When: Application closed April 17, 2020

    Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund Round One grants were awarded to support individual Iowa artists and Iowa nonprofit arts organizations with operating expenses between $50,000 - $150,000. Funding was made possible by an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (IDCA).

    Grantees can review the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund Round One program guidelines online.

    2020 Program Activation - Round Two

    Who: Arts and Culture Nonprofits
    What: $1,000 - $20,000 for eligible Iowa arts and cultural nonprofits
    When: Application closed May 1, 2020

    Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund Round Two grants were awarded to support Iowa nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, and arts or cultural departments or divisions of municipal governments. Funding was made possible by special appropriations from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest, through the CARES Act, to the IDCA.

    Grantees can review the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund Round Two program guidelines online.

    2020 Program Activation - Round Three

    Who: Humanities Organizations
    What: $1,000 - $20,000 for eligible Iowa humanities organizations
    When: Application closed May 26, 2020

    Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund Round Three grants were awarded to support Iowa humanities organizations including museums, historic sites, preservation & historical societies, and community & cultural organizations. Funding for this round is made possible by special appropriations from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the IDCA. In addition to CARES Act funding, the IDCA is partnering with the National Endowment for the Humanities to award fiscal year 2020 grants.

    Grantees can review the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund Round Three program guidelines online.

    See the full list of Round 2 and Round 3 grant awards, which were announced on June 3.


    Manage Your Grant

    Grantee Handbook

    Download the Emergency Relief Grantee Handbook (FY20-21) to learn how to manage your grant, including contract compliance and acknowledgment.

    Final Report

    Nonprofit grant recipients must complete a final report form at the end of the process and share the impact of the project on arts and culture in Iowa. A final report for individual artist grant recipients is not required. More information about reporting requirements will be provided to grant recipients.


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