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Grants to Iowa Arts and Cultural Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations to Support General Operations

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

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05/17/21 11:59 PM


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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.

Through this support, the City of Dubuque increases the community's access to a wide range of diverse arts and culture experiences to foster economic activity, promote citizen 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141651

Estimated Size of Grant:

In FY22, funding awards will be based on an average of the organization’s certified operating expenses from the 2 fiscal cycles prior to March 17, 2020. The maximum funding an organization can receive will be calculated at 6% of that average not to exceed $30,000.

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;
- 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 FY20 or prior Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs funding opportunities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Friday, March 26, 2021 from 2-3PM - Informational virtual webinar on Operating Support grant program via GoToWebinar.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Friday, March 26, 2021 from 2-3PM: Informational virtual webinar
- Monday, May 17, 2021 by 11:59 PM: Operating Support applications due
- July 2021: Grant notifications and contracts released.
- August 2021: Anticipated disbursement of funds.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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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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