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Folk Arts Learning Grant

Folk Arts Learning Grant

Folk Arts Learning Grants create opportunities for the Folk and Traditional Arts to thrive in Iowa by investing in learning projects that help sustain artistic traditions and cultural heritage in Iowa. Eligible projects must engage master folk artists and culture bearers to pass on their skills and knowledge to Iowans.

Funding for the Folk Arts Learning Grant Program is made possible by an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Arts Council, which exists within the Iowa Economic Development Authority, and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Applicants must adhere to the funding policies of the Iowa Arts Council and federal government through 2 CFR Part 200.

  • Who: Iowa Master Folk Artists, Nonprofits, Schools, Local Governments
  • What: Up to $5,000
  • When: November 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. for the funding period of December 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024

How to Apply

Grant Writing Resources


Schedule a Meeting

Potential applicants are welcome to schedule a brief meeting with Senior Program Manager Jennie Knoebel in advance of the application deadline if the applicant has additional questions. Potential applicants are encouraged to review all written guidelines and informational resources prior to scheduling a meeting with a program manager. Meetings can be scheduled directly using the program manager’s scheduling page via Microsoft Bookings.

Grant Terms and Definitions

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

Example Applications

Examples of previously funded applications are available upon request. 

Manage Your Grant

See your Award Notification e-mail and Grant Contract for information about managing your grant award, including contract compliance and publicity.

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.