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Grants to Iowa Nonprofits for Programs to Support
the Arts and Benefit the Local Community

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City of Ames, Commission on the Arts (COTA)

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10/08/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Iowa nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs that support the arts and benefit the local community. Previous grantees include cultural associations, children's choirs, touring ensembles, and theater companies. Eligible applicants must be located in the City of Ames.

Criteria for Funding

  1. Need for financial support.
  2. Efforts to obtain funding from other sources.
  3. Fiscal responsibility and accountability.
  4. How the Ames community would be served.
  5. Nature of audience to be served/benefitted.
  6. How the arts awareness of the community of Ames will be furthered. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186456

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Not Eligible for Funding
1. Capital improvements.
2. Permanent supplies and equipment.
3. Personnel employed on a continuing basis (salaried staff).
4. Out-of-state travel by organization members.
5. Replacement of available local funds.
6. Previous year's or projected deficits.
7. Hospitality expenses (e.g. Receptions).
8. Tuition assistance for academic study and continuing education.
9. 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.
10. Project requests not submitted on required forms, not received by published deadlines, or not falling within the current grant period.
11. Organizations which fail to submit previous final reports.
12. Organizations which do not have specific arts goals as their major responsibility.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A workshop explaining the application process will be held at 5:00 pm on September 13, 2021. Attendance at the workshop is highly recommended for applicants.

Pre-Application Information:

The application must be completed in its entirety and returned to the City Manager’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on October 8, 2021.

In order to receive funding, an organization representative must attend the Commission hearing on Monday, November 1, 2021, which will begin at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to schedule a time for a hearing when you submit your grant or call the City Manager's Office.

Initial funding recommendations will be posted on the City's website January 10, 2022 and in City Hall.

Contact Information:

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

Please submit the Grant Application to:

For questions, contact the City Manager's Office at 515-239-5101.

City Hall
515 Clark Ave.
Ames, IA 50010

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