Funding Programs

According to Robert Lynch, CEO of Americans for the Arts, “Communities that invest in the arts reap the additional benefit of jobs, economic growth, and a quality of life that positions those communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”

Since 2005, the City of Dubuque has awarded over $3.8 million to area arts and culture organizations and projects that reach thousands of Dubuque adults and children each year while enhancing the vibrancy and vitality of our community. Through the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the City of Dubuque currently offers two grant opportunities. These funding programs support the operations of established non-profit arts and culture organizations and fund unique and collaborative arts and culture projects being implemented within the City of Dubuque.

Applications are currently being accepted for a new, non-recurring Creative Resiliency grant program for arts and culture nonprofits through Friday, July 9, 2021. Application deadlines for the FY22 Operating Support and Special Projects grant programs have passed with awards to be announced in July 2021.

Creative Resiliency for Arts and Culture Nonprofits

This program offers limited, flexible support to arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofit organizations operating within Dubuque city limits to undertake activities that expand organizational capacity, increase financial stability, promote equity and inclusion, and enhance programmatic offerings in response to COVID-19 and inequity concerns exacerbated in 2020. Grant awards range from $750 to $1500. The application deadline has passed.

Learn more about the Creative Resiliency grant opportunity here.

Operating Support for Arts and Culture Nonprofits

This program provides operating support funding to established 501(C)3 arts and culture organizations located in the City of Dubuque who serve Dubuque residents with year-round arts and culture events, programs, and services and can demonstrate a record of programmatic and administrative stability. The application deadline for the next funding cycle has passed.

Learn more about the Operating Support grant opportunity here.

Support for Special Projects in Arts and Culture

The Special Projects grant program is designed to encourage the creation and implementation of diverse arts and culture experiences that are inclusive, accessible, collaborative and unique to our community. Successful Special Project requests emphasize community engagement. The application deadline for the next funding cycle has passed.

Learn more about the Special Projects grant opportunity here.

Contact Us

  1. Jenni Petersen-Brant  |  email
    Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator
    Phone: 563.690.6059

    Economic Development Office
    City Hall Annex
    1300 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

    Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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