The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs offers several resources to help cultural organizations and creative entrepreneurs recover from weather-related and other setbacks, including the Covid-19 pandemic. The department can also help Iowans connect with regional and federal forms of assistance.
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with a staff member who can help.
Please see the department’s evolving list of resources for responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Derecho Storm of August 2020
Private nonprofits and local governments in all the Iowa counties in the federally designated disaster area may be eligible for funding through the Iowa Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Check the eligibility requirements (on pages 45-46 of the FEMA guide) and read the complete guidelines.
The deadline for submitting a Request for Public Assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency is 30 days after the President’s disaster declaration relative to your location. For Iowa counties included in the Aug. 17 disaster declaration, the deadline to submit a RPA was Sept. 16. Counties included in the Sept. 10 disaster declaration date have until Oct. 9 to apply.
Small Business Administration disaster loans.
If you work at a history museum or own a listed historic property, it may be eligible for an emergency grant from the Historical Resource Development Program. Learn more.
Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund
If you work at a nonprofit organization or unit of government that oversees humanities collections that were affected by the storm, you may be eligible for an Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund - Derecho Recovery Grant. Learn more.
Other Emergency Resources
- Disaster preparedness resources assembled by the Iowa Arts Council are specifically designed to assist Iowa artists and cultural organizations.
- Toolkits for the Local History Network, a program of the State Historical Society of Iowa, include reliable tips about caring for artifacts, handling hazardous materials and planning for disasters.
- The Heritage Emergency National Task Force offers one of the most concise lists of resources available for disaster recovery. The task force is co-sponsored by FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, in partnership with more than 60 national service organizations and federal agencies. The task force's resources include funding options as well as guidance about health and safety.
- The National Parks Service's Conserve-O-Grams offer practical advice about salvaging historic collections from damage, including tips on drying and freezing wet materials to minimize damage.
- The Regional Alliance for Preservation also offers technical assistance. Its members include the Ford Conservation Center in Omaha (402-595-1180) and the Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis (612-870-3120).