Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Iowa Arts and Culture Emergency Relief Fund

Grants to Iowa Cultural Nonprofits for
Support During the Coronavirus Crisis

Agency Type:


Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs - Iowa Arts Council - Iowa Cultural Trust

Deadline Date:

05/26/20 11:59 PM


Request a Grant Writer

Grants of up to $20,000 to Iowa nonprofit cultural organizations for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to assist organizations that are sustaining the humanities during the pandemic. Grants will support those most impacted and vulnerable by serving as a bridge between severe financial loss and other state and federal public assistance.

Awarded funds may only be used for the following type of expenses:

  • Facility Costs (e.g. rent, utilities)
  • Staff salaries (e.g. salary, wages, and fringe benefits)
  • Humanities programming and projects that focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement.
  • Fees to humanities scholars and other individuals participating in humanities programming and projects, as described above.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189849

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 - $20,000

Funding will be based as follows:
- Organizational operating expenses of $10,000 to $49,999: Grant award of $1,000
- Organizational operating expenses of $50,000 to $149,999: Grant award of $2,500
- Organizational operating expenses of $150,000 to $4499,999: Grant award of $5,000
- Organizational operating expenses of $500,000 to $999,999: Grant award of $10,000
- Organizational operating expenses of $1,000,000 to $1,999,999: Grant award of $15,000
- Organizational operating expenses of $2M+: Grant award of $20,000

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be spent by December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In the current round, the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund grants will be made available to support Iowa humanities organizations including museums, historic sites, preservation & historical societies, and community and cultural organizations:
- That have been in existence since March 17, 2017
- That currently maintain a 501(c)3 nonprofit status
- That had annual operating expenses of $10,000 or more for the most recently completed fiscal year

Priority organizations:
- Demonstration of need and actual loss of income as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Jobs supported by the grant funds
- Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Grant Recipient FY 2016-2020
- Organizations that primarily serve underrepresented populations who identify as persons of color; identify as persons with disabilities; identify as LGBTQIA+; and/or organization is located in an eligible rural county
- Distribution of funds throughout the state

The following types of nonprofits are not eligible to apply:
- Non humanities organizations
- Public libraries
- Universities, colleges or academic departments of a college or university
- Organization physically located outside of Iowa (besides those noted above)
- Organization that uses a fiscal agent or the Iowa nonprofit or federal tax-exempt status of another organization
- For-profit corporation or business, religious organization, political party or national service/professional organization
- Auditorium, convention center or similar type of venue
- Educational institution, organization or pre-K through 12 school, whose primary orientation, mission and purpose is education and the awarding of academic credits
- Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grantees with an outstanding final report or who have been placed on a department funding moratorium
- Previous grant recipients from the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund

Grant funds may not be used for any of the following expenses:
- Capital expenditures, including equipment equal to or greater than $5,000 per unit
- Foreign Travel
- Fundraisers or benefits
- Lobbying activity
- Prizes and awards
- Religious activity
- Projects that fall outside of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and quantitative social science research or policy studies)
- Programs that promote a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view; advocate for a particular social or political action; or support specific public policies or legislation

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is May 26, 2020, by 11:59 PM.

- May 11, 2020: Application Opens
- May 26, 2020, 11:59 PM: Application Deadline
- June 1, 2020: Award Notification
- December 31, 2020: End of Funding Period
- February 1, 2021: Final Report Deadline

Contracts will be processed upon completion and funding will be disbursed as quickly as possible through the State Accounting Enterprise, which typically takes 2-3 weeks to process.

Iowa humanities organizations that previously submitted an application in Round One (April 13-17) or Round Two (April 24-May 1) do not need to reapply in Round Three. Submitted applications will automatically be considered for funding in this round and applicants will be contacted if any additional information is needed in the course of reviewing the application.

Eligible applicants are allowed to receive one emergency award in addition to the one allowable grant award per state fiscal year given the emergency nature of the funding

Additional information:

Funding policies:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to Arts Learning Manager Jennie Knoebel at

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa

Suggested Grants:

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to Researchers Affiliated with USA Qualified Institutions for Clinical Research in th...

Deadline 08/28/20 LOI Date: 07/10/20

Grants of up to $50,000 to researchers affiliated with USA qualified institutions for research in the field of pediatric oncology. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to increase the institution's capacity to conduct

GrantWatch ID#: 125838

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Independent Filmmakers for Feature-Length Films in ...

Deadline 06/15/20

Grants to USA, Canada, and International independent filmmakers for feature-length films in eligible genres. Funding is intended to support nonfiction films at any production phase from development through post-production. Films should demonstrate effective storytelling

GrantWatch ID#: 127055

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 10/01/20

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and Individuals for Conservation in Agricul...

Deadline 06/29/20

Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, non-federal agencies, tribes, and individuals to promote the adoption and development of innovative approaches to conservation in agriculture. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several week

GrantWatch ID#: 129980

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Economic Development and Job Training

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming nonprofits for education, job training, and community and economic dev

GrantWatch ID#: 130602

Grants to USA and Canada Low-Income Individuals and Families for Financial Assistance

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada individuals and families with low-income for financial assistance. Types of assistance include financial support to offset emergency expenses or to cover the cost of regular monthly bills. Funding is intended for workers and households that are

GrantWatch ID#: 131400

Matching Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in the Midwest for Improvements to Baseball a...

Deadline 06/15/20

Matching grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofits and government units operating youth baseball or softball programs in eligible midwest states for major field renovations. Applicants in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota may apply.

GrantWatch ID#: 132521

Grant to a USA, Canada, or International Psychology Graduate Student to Research the Effects...

Deadline 06/15/20

Grant of $9,000 to a USA, Canada, or International graduate psychology student for research and demonstration projects that foster understanding of the relationship between self-identity and scholastic achievement, primarily for children in kindergarten through eighth g

GrantWatch ID#: 132694