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American Rescue Plan Arts Grant - Organizations

Grants to Iowa Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for Job Creation
and Retention Efforts in the Arts During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs - Iowa Arts Council

Conf. Date:

09/29/21

Deadline Date:

10/01/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs for job creation and retention efforts in the fields of arts and culture. The purpose of the program is to mitigate the negative financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the creative sector.

Grant funds may only be used to support jobs in response to the coronavirus pandemic such as:

  • Salaries or wages for one or more jobs, including hiring or rehiring new or existing positions that are dedicated to the general operations and arts programs of the organization.
    • Institutions of higher education are only eligible to apply to support jobs whose main function is providing or supporting public programming. Funds cannot be used to support academic positions.
  • Fees/stipends for contract personnel, including artists, for services provided that are dedicated to the ongoing operations or arts programs of the organization within the eligible funding period.
    • The services must be part of the organization’s regular, day-to-day work and cannot be for a new or special project or program.
Arts organizations, that have the arts as their core mission, can 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 artists 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.
Non-arts organizations, that have a non-arts core mission but that manage related, ongoing arts program(s), can utilize funds to support jobs dedicated to the arts program(s) such as salaries or wages, full or partial, of staff position(s); or fees or stipends for artists and/or contractual personnel for services provided. Funds may only be used for jobs involved in specific activities that support the organization’s ongoing arts program(s) and may not be used to support a new or special project or program. Salaries and wages of staff positions must be prorated to only include time dedicated to administering the arts program(s). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198456

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be used for expenses incurred within the eligible funding period of July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.

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
- 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 arts 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
- Public and private schools that serve grades pre-K through 12
- Academic departments or non-arts units within institutions of higher education
- Entities located in a border community
- Entities using a fiscal agent or the nonprofit status of another organization.
- Entities that serve as fiscal agents may only apply for their own operations or programs
- 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 uses of funds, see the URL for Full Text (RFP) link listed below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for the informational webinar at 2:00 p.m., September 8. A recording of the webinar will be sent to all registrants if you can't attend the live session.

Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1X1Rh4CFS7GUmNswCmIKvg

Drop in on virtual office hours via Zoom to ask program staff questions at 11:00 a.m., September 15, 22 and 29 at https://zoom.us/j/6262862564.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Funding Notification: Applicants will be notified of funding decisions via email by November 1, 2021
- Final Report Deadline: Grant recipients are required to complete a final report by August 1, 2022

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 the contact information listed below at least two weeks in advance of application deadlines.

Applicants whohave 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 alraedy 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 Arts Grant application, for one arts unit, to this program.

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

Guidelines: https://iowaculture.gov/arts/grants/american-rescue-plan-arts-grant-organizations-guidelines

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://iowaartscouncil.slideroom.com/#/Login

Lindsay Keast
515-281-8352
lindsay.keast@iowa.gov

Potential applicants are encouraged to review all published material and contact Senior Programs and Operations Manager Veronica O’Hern at veronica.ohern@iowa.gov with questions well in advance of application deadlines.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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