Non-departmental Funding Sources
American Composers Forum
A national organization that serves and supports composers in various ways, including grants and commissions for compositions.
A regional arts organization that helps performing artists tour Iowa, provides training for arts leaders, and supports special projects. Serves: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.
This publicly supported charitable organization is dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs.
Classics for Kids
Provides matching grants toward the purchase of stringed instruments for schools and other nonprofit organizations, among other services. www.classicsforkids.org
Coming Up Taller Awards
Recognition and support for libraries and museums with outstanding after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for children and youth. Sponsored by: The Institute of Museum and Library Services, The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Humanities fund.
Creative Capital Foundation
Grants for individual artists who pursue innovation in form and/or content in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and in emerging fields.
Foundation Center research and statistics on arts funding and, through the Center's PubHub service, online reports on the arts published by foundations and nonprofit organizations.
Heartland Arts Fund
Heartland Arts Fund offers incentives for hiring regional performing artists, funding them at a higher rate than artists from outside the Heartland region; fee support for presenters to fund artists from outside their home state for performances and educational activities; and offers the Community Connections catalogue, a tool for presenting organizations looking to hire artists. A joint venture of Arts Midwest and Mid-America Arts Alliance, with the NEA and fifteen member state arts agencies (including Iowa).
Interactive programming, publications, and events bringing the humanities to the public. Programs include: Grants to aid other non-profit organizations in furthering the humanities in Iowa; the annual Humanities Iowa Awards, honoring Iowans for their contributions to the humanities; Chautauqua, where humanities scholars perform as great writers and thinkers of the past. An affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
IMLS is an independent Federal agency that fosters leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting the nation's museums and libraries.
Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation
Provides musical instruments to elementary, high school and community music programs across the United States. Funds are used to repair damaged musical instruments, refurbish donated instruments, and purchase new and used instruments. Programs include: Melody Program for existing music programs that are threatened by budget cuts; the Solo Program for talented student musicians in a school or community music program who need quality musical instruments, but have no means of purchasing or renting them; and the Special Projects Program for community schools of the arts, after school programs and youth orchestras needing assistance.
The Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund
Grants support innovative new works in all disciplines and traditions of the live performing arts.
National Endowment for the Arts
Federal agency supporting the visual, literary and performing arts to benefit all Americans.
National Endowment for the Humanities
Federal agency supporting learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities across the United States.
New York Foundation for the Arts' Source
The nation's largest databank of arts-related grants and residencies.
The Society for Arts in Healthcare
Provides Johnson & Johnson grants for healthcare organizations and/or arts agencies to promote the use of the arts to enhance the healthcare experience for patients, their families, and caregivers. Also provides consulting grants for organizations seeking assistance in developing, re-imagining or sustaining their arts in healthcare programs.
The Terra Foundation
The Terra Foundation seeks to create an inclusive dialogue on American art across geographic borders and welcomes project proposals that share this objective. It has a particular interest in projects that highlight American art internationally or in the Foundation's hometown of Chicago. However, the Terra will also support projects taking place nationally that emphasize multi-national perspectives and participation.
General Funding Programs:
The Iowa Grants Guide
The Iowa Grants Guide is a web-based directory of grant-making organizations for Iowans. The directory provides program information only and does not provide grant applications.
Iowa Grants and Funding Sources
A listing of programs based in Iowa.
The Foundation Center
"Helping grantseekers succeed, helping grantmakers make a difference." The Foundation Center, a leading authority on philanthropy, is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. Get connected to funding opportunities by subscribing to weekly e-newsletters such as Philanthropy News Digest and Arts Funding Watch that list national and international program information & deadlines.
Education Funding Research Council
Resources for grant seeking and grants management.
The Grantsmanship Center
Databases of funding sources, and daily listing of grant announcements that appear in the Federal Register.
Iowa West Foundation
Grant funds support project in Council Bluffs and areas of western Iowa in Community Development and Beautification, Economic Development, Education, and Human and Social Needs. Numerous funded projects have strong arts components.
The Kresge Foundation
Seeks to strengthen the capacity of charitable organizations to provide effective programs of quality.
The Wallace Foundation
Change requires money, but it also requires knowledge, evidence, strategy and broad public support. Excellent information and research is provided on the following topics: arts participation, education leadership, libraries, literacy, museums, out-of-school learning, parks, school counseling, and teacher recruitment. www.wallacefoundation.org
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Sources of Financial Assistance for Historic Preservation Projects