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Iowa to offer $1.3M in cultural grants

By: - May 12, 2020 10:39 am

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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has reopened applications for emergency grants after federal aid boosted the account to $1.3 million.

The grants are for cultural organizations that have suffered financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal money came from the CARES Act through the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The deadline for applications is May 26.

“We appreciate Iowa’s congressional delegation for its unanimous support for these funds, which recognize the vital role the arts, humanities and culture play in the economic and cultural vitality throughout Iowa,” Chris Kramer, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, said in a statement. “We’re honored to be working with these federal partners and will fast-track grants to Iowa organizations that need this critical support.”

Last month, the department awarded $191,000 in grants to 156 Iowa artists and 14 nonprofit arts organizations in the initial round. The grants went to artists, musicians, filmmakers and other cultural professionals who were most affected by the pandemic.

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