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USA: Iowa: City of Dubuque

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Operating Support Grant

City of Dubuque - Department of Economic Development Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #141651

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $30,000 to Iowa nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in eligible locations to support general operations. Funding is intended for applicants providing public arts, cultural heritage, and arts education programming for the local community. Eligible applicants are based in Dubuque.

This program is intended to increase the community's access to a wide range of inclusive and diverse arts and cultural experiences that support economic activity, empower community engagement, and cultivate an equitable community of choice. Applicants must demonstrate how their mission and programs advance the goals and priorities of the City of Dubuque's Arts and Culture Master Plan (see Supporting Documents, below). 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Dubuque-based nonprofit organizations that have a primary mission to provide the general public with programs or activities in areas directly concerned with arts, arts education, or cultural heritage. Eligible applicants must have operated as a nonprofit, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of IRS code for at least two years prior to the application date.

Ineligible Applicants:
- For-profit organizations or businesses;
- Nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is focused on religious, political, social service, or athletic activities;
- Nonprofit organizations whose physical address or majority of program delivery is outside of Dubuque;
- Organization that uses a fiscal agent or the nonprofit or federal tax-exempt status of another organization;
- Educational institutions including K-12 schools, universities, and community colleges;
- An organization with an outstanding Final Report associated with previous grant awards from FY21 or prior Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs funding opportunities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Friday, April 1, 2022 from 2-3 PM - Informational virtual webinar.

Click to register in advance:

Pre-Application Information:

- March 15, 2022 - FY 2023 funding program materials available; application portal open.
- Friday, April 1, 2022 from 2-3 PM - Informational virtual webinar. Click to register in advance.
- Monday, May 17, 2021 by 11:59 PM - Operating Support applications due
- July 2022 - Notifications made and contracts released.
- August 2022 - Anticipated disbursement of funds.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

In FY23, funding awards will be based on an average of the organization’s certified operating expenses from their fiscal year completed prior to March 17, 2020 and their most recently completed fiscal year. The maximum funding an organization can receive is calculated at 6% of that average not to exceed $30,000.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

Jenni Petersen-Brant, Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator
Phone: 563.690.6059

Economic Development Office
City Hall Annex
1300 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

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