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Cultural Capacity Building Grant

January 1, 2023
Cultural Capacity Building Grant

Note: This funding opportunity is no longer currently accepting applications. See below for resources to manage your grant award.

See the FY 2024 Grant Recipients

Apply for general operating support for your arts, cultural or humanities nonprofit. Cultural Capacity Building Grants provide support over a two-year period to small nonprofit organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing their cultural and managerial excellence and community service.

Funding for the program is made possible by the Iowa Legislature and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Who: Iowa Arts, Cultural or Humanities Nonprofits with annual operating expenses of $10,000 - $150,000
  • What: $5,000 in fiscal years 2023 and 2024, for a total award of $10,000
  • When: May 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM for the funding period of July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024.

How to Apply

  1. Read the guidelines
  2. Watch the recorded informational webinar
  3. Submit the application

Grant Writing Resources

Virtual Office Hours
Drop in on virtual office hours via Zoom to ask program staff questions. Potential applicants are welcome to join at any time during the following open hours to ask questions about applying to the program.

When and How to Join
11:00 a.m., April 7, 2022
11:00 a.m., April 25, 2022
Office Hours Zoom Link
Office Hours Call-In: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 626 286 2564

Automatic closed captioning will be provided. For additional accommodations, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator Jennie Knoebel at

Example Applications
Take a look at examples of previously submitted applications. Example applications are for reference only. Programs change from year to year so applicants should ensure they are responding to current application requirements.

Grant Terms and Definitions

Check out the glossary for definitions of grant terms used in the guidelines.

Manage Your Grant

Reference your Award Notification e-mail and Grant Contract for information about managing your grant award.  The e-mail and contract include information about contract compliance, acknowledging support, final reports, and other important details.

Fiscal Year 2023 Guidelines
Fiscal Year 2023 Grantees may use the Fiscal Year 2023 Cultural Capacity Building Grant Program Guidelines for reference throughout the funding period of July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.

Final Report

As a grant recipient, you must complete the final report form at the end of the process and share the impact of the project on arts and culture in Iowa.