Iowa Arts Council Art Project Grant Program

Iowa Arts Council Art Project Grant Program

Funding to support the creation and presentation of new artwork, development of an arts experience or formation of an arts education program; for arts projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in the state, demonstrate public value, and support Iowa Arts Council funding priorities.

Eligible Project Criteria

Eligible projects must include:

Excellent and innovative arts activities
Involve collaboration
Provide access to Iowans

Additional eligibility requirements:

Involve the creation and presentation of an original work of art, arts experience or arts learning opportunity and must demonstrate public value to Iowans through public engagement.
Have a clear beginning and end date within the specified funding period.

Additional Requirements and Information

Minimum grant request of $1,000 to a maximum grant request of $10,000.

Applicants must adhere to Iowa Arts Council policies and the National Endowment for the Arts Terms and Conditions.

Matching funds equal to or greater than the total grant amount requested are required:

50% of the match must be cash
The remaining match can be in-kind or cash

Eligible budget expenses include:

Artist fees
Contractor fees
Equipment under $5,000
Domestic travel
Personnel time dedicated to the project

Grant recipients are required to complete a final report for their project.

Projects may not receive more than one grant from the department in a single fiscal year.

Eligible applicants may only receive one award per program per state fiscal year.

No more than one application per applicant per program can be submitted during a single grant deadline.

Up to two grant applications may be submitted per program per state fiscal year if the first request is unfunded.

Eligible artists can only receive one Art Project Grant or Artist Fellowship in a single fiscal year.


Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Eligible Applicants

– Federally tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations incorporated and physically located in Iowa.
– Schools or nonprofit institutions of higher education physically located in Iowa.
– Units of local, county or federally-recognized tribal governments physically located in Iowa.
– Current, legal Iowa resident artists who are 18 years of age or older and physically reside in Iowa.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2023

Award Announcement

Applicants will be notified of funding award decisions within 8 weeks of the application deadline.

Contact Person

David Schmitz
Iowa Arts Council
600 East Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-4641