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Special Project Grant

Grants to Iowa Arts Nonprofits
for Local Arts Projects and Events

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City of Ames, Commission on the Arts (COTA)

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Deadline Date:

09/16/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for arts projects that benefit the local community. Applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to submitting an application. The purpose of this program is to support special opportunities and circumstances that cannot be anticipated within COTA's annual grant process. Eligible applicants are located in Ames.

Criteria for Funding:

  • Need for financial support.
  • Efforts to obtain funding from other sources.
  • Fiscal responsibility and accountability.
  • How the Ames community would be served and arts awareness would be furthered.
  • Nature of audience to be served/benefited with emphasis on benefit to young people.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148725

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000 is available for each award.

Term of Contract:

Special Project Grant Period Spring 2021: January 1 through June 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit arts organizations that meet the criteria established by COTA (must have a tax exemption number, or be applying for one) are eligible to apply for special project grants in the arts.

Definitions of eligible organizations:
- Be located in Ames.
- Be a non-governmental agency.
- Be incorporated under the Iowa Non-Profit Corporation Act.
- Have by-laws or other documentation which identify its major responsibility as meeting specific arts goals.
- Be federally tax-exempt, or affiliated with a federally tax-exempt organization.
- Those which do not discriminate, in accordance with law, on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation.

Applications will not be considered for:
- Capital improvements
- Permanent supplies and equipment
- Ongoing wages, salaries, and benefit expenses for permanent employees
- Out-of-state travel by organization members
- Replacement of available local funds
- Previous year's or projected deficits
- Hospitality expenses (e.g. receptions)
- Tuition assistance for academic study and continuing education
- Activities that restrict participation on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, religion, physical disability, mental disability, or that require the purchase of private memberships
- Project requests not submitted on required forms, not received by published deadlines, or not falling within the current grant period
- Organizations which fail to submit previous final reports
- Organizations which do not have specific arts goals as their major responsibility

Pre-proposal Conference:

A workshop will be held to assist in completing the application on September 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM. COTA requires attendance at the workshop.

Pre-Application Information:

- Date of the Workshop: Sept. 14, 2020 (5:00 PM)
- Applications due: Sept.16, 2020 (5:00 PM)
- Date of the Spring 2021 Special Project Grant hearings: Oct. 5, 2020 (5:00 PM)
- COTA Recommendations: Nov. 2, 2020 (5:00 PM)

No project may be funded through the special project grant program if it has been denied in the annual COTA process, or if the event or program has been funded through the annual grant process, unless there have been specific modifications to the original, funded proposal.

Organizations submitting more than one application per granting period should prioritize the requests.

Applicants must show some reasonable cash support from other sources. Where appropriate, greater priority is given to those projects that offset part of their costs with admission or workshop fees or contributions. Applications are viewed more favorably when the match is at least 25% from the sponsoring organization.

Hearings for Special Project Grants provide organizations with time to explain their use of COTA funds and to answer questions of COTA. Organizations must have a representative present for their hearings.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the application electronically to

Or mail to:
City Hall
515 Clark Ave
Ames, IA 50010

Direct questions to the City Manager’s Office at (515) 239-5101

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: City of Ames

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