Iowa Great Places

Iowa Great Places

Funding provided to support the development of new and existing infrastructure intended to cultivate the unique and authentic qualities of neighborhoods, communities and regions in Iowa.

Eligible Project Criteria

Proposed projects must involve the creation or renovation of vertical infrastructure; meaning they must be deemed beneficial to the public and expected to last and be maintained for a minimum of twenty years.

Types of eligible project activities:

Land acquisition
Major renovation and repair of buildings or appurtenant structures
Site development
Park, trail or permanent design exhibits

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

Cultural facilities and amenities
Public art
Building rehabilitation
Way-finding signage
Mixed use developments
Streetscape enhancements
Development of trails and parks

Additional Requirements and Information

Entities must apply for and receive designation as an Iowa Great Place before becoming eligible for funding.

There is not a recommended grant request amount or range for individual projects; grant awards will be made on a case-by-case basis. The average award is $227,355.

50% of the total project cost may be requested for this reimbursement program.

There is a minimum 1:1 cash match requirement

Competitive proposals will demonstrate broad-based financial support for their project and that public funding sources have been adequately leveraged to seek and obtain private dollars.


Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Eligible Applicants

A single entity must be selected to serve as the primary applicant for proposed projects that involve collaboration between a consortium of partners. Eligible lead applicants include:

– Federally tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated and physically located in Iowa.
– Unit of local, county or federally-recognized tribal government physically located in Iowa.
– Municipal agencies with 28E agreements physically located in Iowa
Currently designated Iowa Great Place grant recipients who remain within their three-year period of funding eligibility who seek additional funding for related projects.

Application Deadline

Visit the web link provided on the previous page for up-to-date letter of intent deadline information.

Award Announcement

Visit the web link provided on the previous page for up-to-date award announcement information.

Contact Person

Veronica O’Hern
Grant Services and Artist Programs Manager
Iowa Arts Council
600 East Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-3293