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Fiscal Year 2016 Funding Opportunities Now Available

Guidelines and application materials have been posted online for the Iowa Arts Council’s fiscal year 2016 funding opportunities. Please see below for program descriptions and an overview of updates that have been made for fiscal year 2016.


Art Project Grant |

Art Project Grants create opportunities for the arts to flourish in Iowa by investing in projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in the state, demonstrate public value, and support Iowa Arts Council funding priorities. The fiscal year 2016 deadlines are May 1, 2015 and November 1, 2015.


Fiscal Year 2016 Art Project Grant Guidelines

Art Project Grant Updates

  • Semi-annual application deadlines, May 1, 2015 and November 1, 2015
  • One set of guidelines and application form for all applicants
  • Changes to eligible budget expenses including equipment, travel and indirect costs
Artist Fellowship

Artist Fellowship Program |

The Iowa Arts Council is committed to recognizing the impact that individual artists have on the vitality of the arts in Iowa. The Artist Fellowship provides support to individuals who demonstrate exceptional creativity in the arts and the capacity for continued contributions to the excellence and innovation of the arts in the state. The Artist Fellowship seeks to elevate the arts in Iowa by advancing the artistic careers of Iowa artists through funding and professional development. The fiscal year 2016 deadline is May 1, 2015.

Fiscal Year 2016 Artist Fellowship Program Guidelines

Artist Fellowship Program Updates

  • Guidelines, scoring rubric and application form have been refreshed to better reflect program priorities of excellence and innovation, public value and career readiness

Big Yellow School Bus Grant |

Big Yellow School Bus

The Big Yellow School Bus Grant provides $500 to Iowa schools and pre-schools to underwrite the cost of transportation for field trips to attend an arts event or to underwrite the cost of artist fees to bring a professional artist or artist group (e.g. actor, musician, visual artist, writer) into the classroom or school to lead an in-depth arts learning experience or artistic performance. The fiscal year 2016 application will open May 1, 2015. Applications will be accepted on a rolling deadline until funds have been depleted.


Fiscal Year 2016 Big Yellow School Bus Guidelines


Big Yellow School Bus Grant Updates

  • Grant amount increased to $500
  • Program now allows grant funds to be used to bring a professional artist into the classroom
  • Application opens May 1 to include grant activity taking place July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016


Grant Tools |


Program specific webinars provide information on fiscal year 2016 program updates and how to apply for an Iowa Arts Council funding opportunity.

Grant Writing Tips

The Grant Writing Tips document provides applicants with helpful tips to consider when writing a grant proposal.


Applicants should refer to the Iowa Arts Council’s Glossary for clarification of program terms and definitions.

Technical Assistance

Iowa Arts Council staff is available to answer all of your grant questions. It is best to contact staff early in your application process as staff availability becomes limited as the deadline approaches. For assistance, contact Veronica O'Hern, Grants & Programs Specialist, at

The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and is committed to enriching the quality of life in Iowa through support of the arts. This commitment is made possible by appropriations from the Iowa Legislature and National Endowment for the Arts.


Artist Opportunities |

January 15: ArtsLink for International Projects

January 15: Creative Access Fellowship for Artists with Spinal Cord Injury

January 31Homestead Monument Residency

February 2Grants to Individual Artists, Creative Capital

February 2Artist Project Grant

February 2Iowa Scholarship for the Arts

February 23Destination Venice

March 1Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute for HS Students

March 10Grin City Emerging Artist Residency

Arts & Culture Job Opportunities |

January 23Graphic Designer, Science Center of Iowa

Ongoing: Development Office, Des Moines Metro Opera

Arts Funding Deadlines |

January 15: ArtsLink for International Projects

January 28The Big Read

February 2Organization Project Grant

February 2Rural Arts Development Project Grant

February 2National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards 

Iowa Arts Council Events |

January 15: Real Life Budgeting for Artists Webinar

January 29Tax Prep for Artists

February 12Rural Arts Marketing

March 26Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts

April 9Grantseeking Basics for Organizations in the Arts

Iowa Arts Council Grantee Events |

January-April: Kaleidoscopia, German American Heritage Center

January 16: Shanren, Orange City Arts Council

January 31Contra Tiempo, Orange City Arts Council

January 31Igor Stravinsky’s Histoire de Soldat, Westminster Fine Art Series

February 13-22The Mountain Top by Katori Hall, Westminster Fine Art Series

February 14Two on Tap, Warren Cultural Center

February 15Was the Word: Heartburn, Working Group Theatre

March 6Opera Iowa Presents Cinderella, Westminster Fine Art Series

March 6-8Oneota Film Festival

March 21I Am Harvey Milk, Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus

March 22Was the Word: Lions and Lambs, Working Group Theatre

March 30Branson on the Road, Warren Cultural Center

Iowa Public Art Network |

January 30Green Square Sculpture Project 

February 3Art on the River

Links copied from the Iowa Arts Council Newsletter