Funding Programs

Since 2005, the City of Dubuque has awarded over $4.1 million to Dubuque-based arts and culture organizations and creative projects that reach thousands of Dubuque adults and children each year while enhancing the vibrancy and vitality of our community.

  1. NEW! NEA ARPA Creative Empowerment Subgrant Program

The City of Dubuque and the Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission are now accepting applications from eligible creatives through the Creative Empowerment subgrant program, a one-time limited funding opportunity made possible through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) via American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) resources. 

The City of Dubuque is serving as a Local Arts Agency (LAA) to subgrant $15,000 in federally awarded funds. The Creative Empowerment subgrant program is a one-time, restricted funding opportunity supporting individual creatives residing within Dubuque city limits in tangible public-facing arts-based projects that further their careers and deepen their community engagement in response to economic and community impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • ROUND 1 – Open for applications Wednesday, February 15 – Friday, March 24, 2023, for consideration of projects occurring between June 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024.
  • ROUND 2 – Open for applications Friday, June 2 – Friday, July 7, 2023, for consideration of projects occurring between October 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024.

Learn more about the Creative Empowerment subgrant opportunity. National Endowment for the Arts Opens in new window

  1. Operating Support for Arts and Culture Nonprofits
  1. Support for Special Projects in Arts and Culture
  1. NEA ARPA Arts Operating Recovery Subgrant Program
  1. GARE Regranting to Empower BIPOC Creativity and Culture

Contact Us

  1. Photo of Jenni Petersen-BrantJenni Petersen-Brant  |  email
    Arts and Cultural Affairs Manager
    Phone: 563.690.6059

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

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