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Grants to Iowa Humanities Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for Job Creation
Efforts and Humanities Projects Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant

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Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs - Iowa Arts Council

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10/01/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Iowa humanities nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs for job creation efforts and the development of humanities projects related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding may be used for project materials, personnel time, marketing, honoraria, rentals, and speaker fees.

Job Support

Humanities organizations may utilize funds to support jobs dedicated to the general operations and programs of the organization such as salaries or wages, full or partial, of staff position(s); or fees or stipends for humanities experts or other consultants; and/or contractual personnel for services provided. Funds may only be used for jobs involved in specific activities that support the organization’s general operations and may not be used to support a new or special project or program.

Project Support

Humanities organizations and non-humanities organizations may utilize funds to support eligible one-time expenses dedicated to humanities projects that respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Types of eligible projects include: 

  • Humanities-based program that responds to the coronavirus pandemic: Humanities program projects need to involve a humanities expert. This could be someone with an advanced degree in a humanities discipline or someone who is otherwise well-qualified to bring a humanities perspective to a project, such as a historian, library or museum professional, culture bearer, or individual who is an acknowledged cultural expert within their community.
  • Strategic planning and capacity building for the organization
  • Digital transition or in support of preservation and access programs
  • Expansion of outdoor and virtual humanities programming and activities
  • Equity assessments and planning related to the coronavirus and the economic crisis

Humanities organizations that have the humanities as central to their mission may request funding for either jobs OR eligible one-time humanities project expenses that are incurred and expended within the eligible funding period.

Non-humanities organizations that have a non-humanities core mission but that manage related, ongoing humanities program(s) may only apply for eligible one-time humanities-related project expenses that are incurred and expended within the eligible funding period.

For information about eligible expenses, see the URL for Full Text (RFP) link listed below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198457

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum Grant Request: $2,500
- Maximum Grant Request: $20,000

Term of Contract:

All project activited and incurred expenses must occur within the eligible funding period of July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must provide humanities programming to the public, have been impacted by the pandemic, and 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 490.501as well as maintaining a primary staff presence physically located and working in Iowa
- Unit of local, county or federally-recognized tribal government physically located in Iowa
- Units within institutions of higher education that are physically located in Iowa that have the humanities as their core mission and offer public programs are eligible. However, institutions of higher education are limited to one application, from one unit, and may neither apply for nor receive grant funds for multiple units.

The following types of entities are not eligible to apply:
- Individuals
- For-profit corporations or businesses
- Entities using a fiscal agent or the nonprofit status of another organization
- Academic departments and non-humanities units within institutions of higher education
- Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grantees with an outstanding final report or who have been placed on a department funding moratorium

For information about ineligible projects and ineligible expenses see the URL for Full Text (RFP) link listed below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for the informational webinar at 2:00 p.m., September 9. A recording of the webinar will be sent to all registrants if you can’t attend the live session.


Drop in on virtual office hours via Zoom to ask program staff questions at 11:00 a.m., September 14, 21 and 28.
Office Hours Zoom Link:
Office Hours Zoom Call-In: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 626 286 2564

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline: October 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. for the funding period of July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
- Funding Notification: Applicants will be notified of funding decisions via email by November 1, 2021

Applicants are encouraged to review all published material and contact Iowa Arts Council staff, Jennie Knoebel at the contact information listed below, with questions well in advance of application deadlines.

Applicants who have already received a fiscal year 2022 Iowa Arts Council administered grant are eligible to apply for an American Rescue Plan grant provided the proposed use of funds do not overlap expenses already covered by or used as match in the other grant program.

Applicants may not submit more than one application during a single grant deadline or cycle regardless of grant program.

Institutions of higher education are limited to submitting one American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant application for one humanities unit within their institution.

Applicants may not submit applications to both theAmerican Rescue Plan Arts Grant and the American Humanities Rescue Plan Grant.

Institutions of higher education may submit applications to both the American Rescue Plan Arts Grant and the American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant if applying for different units that have the arts and humanities, respectively, as their core mission.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Jennie Knoebel

The Iowa Arts Council is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to eligible applicants. For technical support submitting the online application, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator, Lindsay Keast at 515-281-8352 or, at least two weeks in advance of application deadlines.

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