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Note: This funding opportunity is no longer currently accepting applications. See below for resources to manage your grant award.

These program guidelines are subject to change after the publication date. Changes will be clearly noted on this page.

Greenlight Grants seek to support entrepreneurial projects that can accelerate business and careers in film, by encouraging collaboration between Iowa filmmakers and producing a project that will take the applicant to the next level in their career while feeding a more robust, diverse and sustainable creative ecosystem in Iowa. The program is administered by the Iowa Arts Council on behalf of Produce Iowa-State Office of Film and Media.

Funding for the program is provided by the Iowa Legislature.

Who: Iowa Filmmakers
What: $10,000 - $50,000 with 50% cash match requirement
When: May 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM for the funding period of July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2025.

How to Apply

  1. Read the guidelines.
  2. Watch recorded informational webinars for an overview of program requirements, tips and advice on how to complete the application, and more. Search for the “Fiscal Year 2024 Grant Webinars” playlist on the @IowaCulture YouTube channel for all relevant webinars. (Webinars will be available in early February.)
  3. Submit the application.


Grant Writing Resources

MediaMasters: Greenlight Grant Boot Camp Session
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., February 24, 2023
Potential applicants are welcome to join Produce Iowa-State Office of Film and Media and Iowa Arts Council staff for a virtual session via Zoom on the topic of applying for a Greenlight Grant. This session is offered as part of the MediaMasters Series. Potential applicants are encouraged to review all written guidelines and informational webinars prior to attending this session, if possible.

Register for the session online.

Schedule a Meeting
Potential applicants are welcome to schedule a brief meeting with Program Manager EJ Philby Burton in advance of the application deadline if the applicant has additional questions. Potential applicants are encouraged to review all written guidelines and informational webinars prior to scheduling a meeting with a program manager. Meetings can be scheduled directly using the program manager’s scheduling page via Calendly.

Example Applications
Take a look at examples of previously submitted applications. Example applications are for reference only. Programs change from year to year so applicants should ensure they are responding to current application requirements.

Grant Terms and Definitions

Check out the glossary for definitions of grant terms used in the guidelines. 

Manage Your Grant

Grantee Handbook

See the Grantee Handbook to learn how to manage your grant, including contract compliance and publicity.

Budget Expense Exemption Form

Download the budget expense exemption form for department approval of any out of state expenses. Allow a minimum of 10 business days for department decision(s).

Fiscal Year 2023 Guidelines

Fiscal Year 2023 Grantees may use the Fiscal Year 2023 Greenlight Grant Guidelines for reference throughout the funding period of July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024.

Final Report

As a grant recipient, you must complete a final report form at the end of the process and share the impact of the project on the arts and culture in Iowa.

Grant Awards History

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Project Title Sort descending Applicant City County Fiscal year Grant Amount
An Evening Song (For Three Voices) Graham Swon Fairfield Jefferson 2021 $50,000.00
Complete Bull Proof of Concept Colleen Krantz Adel Dallas 2020 $30,000.00
Daughters: 3 Short Films Hannah Rosalie Wright Des Moines Polk 2022 $47,870.00
Happy to Have You Tyler Hill Iowa City Johnson 2022 $50,000.00
In Luck - Episodes 2 and 3 Rebecca Haroldson Urbandale Polk 2022 $10,000.00
In The Footsteps of Foxes Brendan Dunphy Ames Story 2022 $25,000.00
JustUs Charles Brewton Des Moines Polk 2021 $25,000.00
Kinnick: The Definitive Documentary Scott Siepker Des Moines Polk 2020 $20,000.00
Peck Antoinette Lavalle Des Moines Polk 2023 $50,000.00
Standing Strong: Elizabeth Catlett Kevin Kelley Iowa City Johnson 2022 $32,000.00
The Diane Schofield Cold Case Spencer Smith Des Moines Polk 2023 $20,000.00
The Iowa Mountaineers Documentary Film John Richard Iowa City Johnson 2020 $40,000.00
The Workshop Andrew Sherburne Iowa City Johnson 2020 $50,000.00
TubeLords Justin Norman Des Moines Polk 2021 $50,000.00
Untitled Pacific Junction Documentary Chris Filippone Iowa City Johnson 2023 $50,000.00