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Cultural Heritage Project Grant

Grants to Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies for
Cultural Events, Exhibits, and Activities

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Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs - Iowa Arts Council

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Deadline Date:

05/01/19 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations and government agencies for community projects that provide access to cultural experiences, create jobs, and demonstrate public value. Projects must involve cultural heritage, provide access to all state residents, and involve collaboration.

Cultural heritage is defined as the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions, and values.

Eligible community projects must involve the presentation of a cultural heritage experience or learning opportunity and must demonstrate public value to Iowans through deliberate public engagement and access to project activities. Types of eligible community projects include exhibitions, expositions, fairs, festivals and community events/activities dedicated to presenting cultural heritage. All project activities must have a clear beginning and end date within the eligible funding period.

Eligible expenses include direct project costs such as:
- Artist Fees
- Contractor Fees
- Domestic Travel
- Equipment under a total of $5,000 per unit
- Personnel Time Dedicated to the Project*
- Materials
- Marketing

*Applicant must demonstrate how personnel time is specifically dedicated to the proposed project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179810

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 - $10,000 with a required 1:1 match.

Term of Contract:

All project activities and incurred expenses, including cash match and in-kind match expenses, must occur within the eligible funding period of July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.

Applicants may only apply for support of a yearly event or series if the applicant can demonstrate how the project is unique and worthy of support within the particular year of the funding period. Project content must change from year to year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be one of the following types of entities. Entities who do not meet these requirements are not eligible to apply:

Federally tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated and physically located in Iowa:
-Physical location of the organization is defined as maintaining a current home office and registered agent address in Iowa defined by Iowa Code 490.501 as well as maintaining a primary staff presence physically located and working in Iowa.
-Entities located in a border community may be eligible under the Border State Policy.
-Entities that are not yet formally organized may be eligible under the Fiscal Agent Policy.

Unit of local, county or federally-recognized tribal government physically located in Iowa Federally tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated and physically located in Iowa.

Ineligible Applicants:
-For-profit corporation or business
-Public and private schools that serve grades pre-K through 12 and are located in Iowa
-Nonprofit or for-profit institution of higher education physically located in Iowa
-Applicants who have already submitted two unfunded applications for the same project
-Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grantees who have already received a grant for the current application funding period
-Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grantees who have already received a grant from the department for any part of this project
-Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grantees who have an outstanding final report or who have been placed on a department funding moratorium

Ineligible Projects:
-Acquisition / purchase of artwork including public art
-Capital projects
-Collection maintenance or restoration
-Construction or renovation of a property
-Fundraiser or benefit event
-Lobbying activities
-Non-community based projects
-Non-cultural heritage projects
-Ongoing projects or programming for which the identified beginning and end dates are arbitrary
-Projects that result in an applicant’s course credit, degree or certification
-Projects that occur prior to or after the funding period
-Projects that have already received an Iowa Department of Cultural Affair grant for any part or phase of the project
-Religious activities

Ineligible grant request and match expenses include:
- Budget shortfalls
- Capital expenditures including equipment over a total of $5,000 per unit
- Collection maintenance or restoration
- Deficit or debt reduction
- Expenses incurred prior to or after the funding period
- Foreign travel
- Fundraising or benefit
- Lobbying activity
- Ongoing or operating expenses including utilities, rent/lease, office supplies, personnel benefits, and personnel time that is not dedicated to the project.
- Prizes and awards
- Property maintenance, restoration or renovation

Pre-proposal Conference:

Cultural Heritage Project Grant Webinar:

Live informational webinar from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM CST on February 26, 2019.

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is May 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Applicants must submit applications via the Iowa Arts Council’s SlideRoom, an online application portal.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions within 8 weeks of the application deadline.

Potential applicants are encouraged to review all published material and contact Grant Services and Artist Programs Manager Veronica O’Hern by phone or email with questions well in advance of application deadlines.

Applicants are required to demonstrate investment in a project by providing matching funds for eligible one-time project expenses that are incurred and expended within the eligible funding period in an amount that is equal to or greater than the total grant amount requested from the Iowa Arts Council. One half of the required dollar for dollar match must be cash match. The remaining one half may be in-kind or cash match.

Applicants can visit the SlideRoom Help Desk for technical assistance related to the online submission:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Veronica O’Hern, Grant Services and Artist Programs Manager

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
State Historical Building
600 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50319

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