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 to Resilience Grants for fiscal year 2022.
Iowa Arts & Culture Resilience Grants provide professional development support to Iowa’s artists to undertake activities that advance their professional capacity and enhance their artistic practices.
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, a federal agency. 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
Applicants may request funding for eligible expenses that are incurred and expended within the eligible funding period.
- Minimum Grant Request: $500
- Maximum Grant Request: $5,000
Eligible Use of Funds
Grant funds may be used for expenses incurred within the eligible funding period for activities that advance an artist’s professional capacity or enhance their artistic practice allowing them to achieve a goal related to their artistic career. Types of eligible activities include:
- Creation of new work
- Training in business skills
- Attending professional development opportunities
- Submitting completed works to exhibitions and festivals
- Learning new or advanced techniques
- Upgrading marketing and promotional material
- Adapting performances or artistic services to new platforms due to pandemic
Ineligible Use of Funds
Grant funds may not be used for the following activities or expenses:
- Budget shortfalls
- 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
- 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 to support the proposal 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 all of the following requirements. Individuals who do not meet these requirements are not eligible to apply.
- Professional individual artist, filmmaker, musician, or creative writer
- Current, full-time Iowa resident physically located in Iowa for the duration of the funding period
- Legal Iowa resident as defined by Iowa Code 422.4 and Iowa Administrative Code 701.38.17 (422)
- 21 years of age or older
- An application from an individual artist must support a project that is initiated and managed by the individual artist, not an organization. Project must be designed to benefit the individual artist and may not benefit an organization with which the individual applicant has a formal affiliation such as employment or volunteer service.
- Individuals who seek funding on behalf of programs or entities that are not yet formally organized as a nonprofit must apply as an organization and adhere to the Fiscal Agent Policy
- Applicants who represent an artist collective, artist team, or band must apply as an individual on behalf of the group and clearly state their individual role in the project proposal as the individual will be legally obligated to the terms of the grant agreement.
The following types of entities are not eligible to apply:
- For-profit corporation or business
- Organization/individual that uses a fiscal agent or the Iowa nonprofit or federal tax-exempt status of another organization.
- Individuals enrolled in any type of undergraduate or graduate degree granting program on May 3, 2021
- Iowa Arts Council administered grantees who have already received a grant from the department for the current application funding period.
- 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 may not apply for both the Resilience Grant and the second round of the Artist Fellowship
- Applicants may not receive a Resilience Grant, Greenlight Grant and an Artist Fellowship in the same fiscal year
Resilience Project Requirements
Eligible projects must be directly related to advancing the professional capacity or enhancing the artistic practice of the applicant’s artistic career. Applicants must demonstrate how the project and related activities will enable them to achieve a strategic goal related to their artistic career. Types of eligible projects and activities include:
- Creation of new work (e.g. upgrading materials or equipment for a specific project, paying other artists to enhance work through collaboration)
- Training in business skills (e.g. attending classes to learn about strategic planning, business management, communication, fundraising)
- Attending professional development opportunities (e.g. attending workshops or conferences to expand network/audience, learn best practices)
- Learning new or advanced techniques (e.g. receiving training in new techniques or methods in art form)
- Upgrading marketing and promotion material (e.g. designing new graphics, website, professionally documenting work, print materials)
- Adapting performances or artistic services to new platforms due to pandemic (e.g. purchasing new equipment to transition work to virtual platforms)
Applications are encouraged from all applicants that meet the applicant eligibility requirements; however, priority will be placed on applications from individuals that represent populations that have historically been under-resourced by arts and cultural funding due to geography, gender, race/ethnicity, disability, or socioeconomic status as defined in the fiscal year 2022 grant strategy.
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 and culture professionals 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 selected to receive 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.