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.

    2020 Derecho Recovery

    Who: Humanities Nonprofit Organizations, Units of Government that oversee humanities collections
    What: $1,000 - $5,000
    When: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the funds are exhausted

    The Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund - Derecho Recovery program will 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. 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.

    How to Apply

    1. Read the grant guidelines
    2. Apply online

    2020 Program Activation - Round One

    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.

    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 - Rounds Two and Three

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

    In Round Two, grants were awarded to support Iowa nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, with special funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest, through the CARES Act. In Round Three, grants were awarded to support Iowa humanities organizations including museums, historic sites, preservation & historical societies, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), through the CARES Act.  Additionally, the IDCA partnered with the NEH to award fiscal year 2020 grants.

    Grantees can review the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund Round Two and Round Three program guidelines online. To see grant recipients of Round 2 and 3, click here.


    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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