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Grants to Iowa Arts Nonprofits for
Projects to Benefit Local Residents

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City of Ames, Commission on the Arts (COTA)

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Deadline Date:

04/12/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Iowa nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations for projects to 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.

Organizations should consider how they will perform the activities in the contract in the event COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.

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 - Fall 2021: July 1 through December 31, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit 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
1. Be located in Ames.
2. Be a non-governmental agency.
3. Be incorporated under the Iowa Non-Profit Corporation Act.
4. Have by-laws or other documentation which identify its major responsibility as meeting specific arts goals.
5. Be federally tax exempt, or affiliated with a federally tax exempt organization

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.

For ineligible applications, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

A workshop will be held to assist in completing the application: April 5, 2021

COTA requires attendance at the workshop.

Pre-Application Information:

- Date of the Workshop: April 5, 2021
- Applications due: April 12, 2021
- Date of the Hearings: May 3, 2021
- COTA Recommendations: June 7, 2021
- Final Accounting/Evaluation Report Due: Jan. 19, 2022

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.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to

For questions, call City Manager’s Office at (515) 239-5101.

City Hall
515 Clark Ave.
Ames, IA 50010

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