Program Guidelines Derecho Recovery
2020 Grant Guidelines
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.
Grants from the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund - Derecho Recovery program are intended to support Iowa humanities organizations including museums, historic properties, preservation & historical organizations, and community & cultural organizations located in the 16 counties designated as FEMA disaster relief areas due to the August 2020 derecho storm. The program is administered by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
Funding is made possible through a National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman’s Grant for Disaster Mitigation to the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Applicants must adhere to the funding policies of the Iowa Arts Council.
Applications will be accepted starting October 1, 2020, and considered on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions within 1 week of submitting an application.
Final Report Deadline
Grant recipients are required to complete a final report by November 1, 2021.
Grant Request Amount
Minimum Grant Request: $1,000
Maximum Grant Request: $5,000
There is no match requirement for this program.
All incurred expenses must occur within the eligible funding period of August 10, 2020 – September 30, 2021.
- Organization is located and incorporated in Iowa, under the Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act, and holds federal 501(c)3 tax-exempt status
- Unit of local, county or federally-recognized tribal government physically located in Iowa
- The above eligible applicants must be located in one of the following 16 counties included in the FEMA-designated disaster relief area:
Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Dallas, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, and Tama counties.
The following types of entities are not eligible to apply.
- Institutions of higher education
- For profit entities
- Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grantees who have an outstanding final report or who have been placed on a department funding moratorium
Eligible Use of Funds
Funds can be spent on expenses related to damage or loss incurred due to the August 2020 derecho storm for the preservation of humanities collections and/or activities including:
- Professional consultation
- Rental of temporary meeting space
- Basic institutional and operational costs, such as purchasing equipment and replacing inventory, shelving, and roofing
- Other assistance to ensure continuity of organizational operations and programs
- Expenses from storm damage that are not directly related to the preservation of humanities activities and/or collections
- Expenses that are covered by FEMA or insurance
- Foreign Travel
- Fundraisers or benefits
- Lobbying activity
- Prizes and awards
- Religious activity
- Programs that promote a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view; advocate for a particular social or political action; or support specific public policies or legislation
Online Application Submission
Applicants must submit applications via the Iowa Arts Council’s SlideRoom, an online application portal. Applications will not be accepted in any other format. Late, incomplete or ineligible applications will not be accepted. Applicants can access the current online application requirements at iowaartscouncil.slideroom.com. Applicants must create a login to view the full application requirements for the program. Applicants can visit help.liaisonedu.com for SlideRoom assistance related to the online submission.
Applications are reviewed by staff for completion, eligibility and adherence to published guidelines. Applications are reviewed as submitted. New information or subsequent clarification submitted after application is submitted 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 be considered for funding and are specifically denied any appeals process.
Eligible applications will be reviewed and awarded to the extent that funding is available. To maintain equitable access to available funds, the following funding priorities will be considered:
- Extent of storm damage on humanities-related activities and/or collection
- Distribution of funds throughout the 16 counties included in the FEMA-designated disaster relief area
Glossary of Terms and Definitions
Applicants should refer to the glossary for clarification of program terms and definitions.
Potential applicants are encouraged to review all published material and contact Arts Learning Manager Jennie Knoebel at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions in advance of application deadlines.