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Grants to Iowa Arts and Cultural Nonprofits and Agencies for Operating and Program Assistance

Cultural Leadership Partners


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Funding Source
Iowa Arts and Culture
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Geographic Focus
USA: Iowa

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/15/24
Deadline: 04/01/24 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Iowa nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and government agencies for program and operating assistance. Applicants must submit a letter of intent before applying. Funding is intended to support organizations that demonstrate ongoing excellence in programming, leadership, and cultural impact to the citizens of Iowa; sound fiscal and managerial practices; and deliberate community outreach and involvement.

Cultural Leadership Partners may engage in peer learning, networking, and mentorship opportunities during the funding period. Grant funds may be used to support operating and programmatic expenses incurred within the eligible funding period. Funds may be used to fulfill the mission at the discretion of the grant recipient but must support strategic goals as outlined by the organization and its leadership.

For a detailed scoring rubric see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Iowa 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations whose primary mission and purpose is focused on arts or culture and arts or cultural divisions of a municipal government.
- Eligible entities must operate year-round, maintain a cash operating expense budget of no less than $150,000 per year, and have at least one paid, full-time professional employee.
- Applicants must demonstrate that they have met the eligibility requirements for the applicant’s three (3) consecutive operating years immediately before the application deadline and agree to meet them in the current year and each year of the funding period.

Entities located in a border community may be eligible if they are incorporated in Iowa, federally tax-exempt, and can demonstrate that 51% or more of individuals benefiting from their programs and services are Iowans.

For additional eligibility information see

Libraries, parks, or recreation departments are NOT eligible.

For additional information about ineligible applicants and expenses see

Pre-Application Information
- Applicants must complete an intent to apply form by February 15, 2024, at 11:59 PM, to determine eligibility.
- Applicants will be notified by February 23, 2024, if they are eligible to submit a full application.
- The deadline to submit an online application is 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2024.

Typically, applicants are notified of funding decisions within four weeks after the application deadline.

Potential applicants, especially first-time applicants, are encouraged to review all published material and contact Jennie Knoebel, senior grants and program manager, with questions well in advance of application deadlines. For technical support, contact Jennie Knoebel at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline.

An applicant shall be required to demonstrate evidence of ability to match the requested amount in cash.

All applicants for IEDA programs except for individual applicants are required to have a UEI and maintain an active registration for the duration of the application process and, if awarded a grant, for the life of the award.

Estimated Size of Grant
Organizations awarded funding will receive a Cultural Leadership Partner award that corresponds to the organization’s cash operating expenses, taken as an average of the organization’s last two fiscal years (2022 and 2023).
- $150,000 - $499,000 in operating expenses: $10,000 award per year
- $500,000 - $999,999 in operating expenses: $15,000 award per year
- $1,000,000 and up in operating expenses: $20,000 per year

Term of Contract
Three years: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Direct questions to Jennie Knoebel, senior grants and program manager, at or 515.348.6324.

Iowa Economic Development Authority
1963 Bell Ave., Suite 200
Des Moines, IA 50315

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