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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.
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 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.
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 |
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 31: Homestead Monument Residency
February 2: Grants to Individual Artists, Creative Capital
February 2: Artist Project Grant
February 2: Iowa Scholarship for the Arts
February 23: Destination Venice
March 10: Grin City Emerging Artist Residency
Arts & Culture Job Opportunities |
January 23: Graphic Designer, Science Center of Iowa
Arts Funding Deadlines |
January 15: ArtsLink for International Projects
January 28: The Big Read
February 2: Organization Project Grant
February 2: Rural Arts Development Project Grant
Iowa Arts Council Events |
January 15: Real Life Budgeting for Artists Webinar
January 29: Tax Prep for Artists
February 12: Rural Arts Marketing
Iowa Arts Council Grantee Events |
January-April: Kaleidoscopia, German American Heritage Center
January 16: Shanren, Orange City Arts Council
January 31: Contra Tiempo, Orange City Arts Council
February 13-22: The Mountain Top by Katori Hall, Westminster Fine Art Series
February 14: Two on Tap, Warren Cultural Center
February 15: Was the Word: Heartburn, Working Group Theatre
March 6-8: Oneota Film Festival
Iowa Public Art Network |
January 30: Green Square Sculpture Project
February 3: Art on the River