Special Projects Grant

Holiday Concert with Diane Penning and William Intriligator
Sherlock Holmes
This grant program is designed to encourage arts and cultural programs that are inclusive and remarkable for their social and cultural vibrancy. The Special Projects program seeks to fund artistic, creative projects that utilize community engagement at their core. Eligible applicants are Dubuque not-for-profits with 501(c)3 and incorporated status, organizations who are affiliated with an umbrella organization, or other organized groups acting as a non-profit. Typical minimum grants awarded through the program are $1,500 and the maximum will be $8,500.

Congratulations to the FY17 recipients of the Special Projects Grant!

The organizations listed below scored the highest in this competitive grant and were awarded funding for their respective projects. 

Dubuque Museum of Art

- Self Portrait Exhibition & Teen Engagement Project

Steeple Square

- From St Mary's to Steeple Square: A community Portrait

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

- Podium Exchange

Bell Tower Productions

- Time Warp

Studio Works

- Art Village

DubuqueFest Fine Arts festival

- World Music Night

Special Project Reporting form FY17 Now Open!

The Special Project Reporting form for organizations who received funding for FY 17 is now available. Click here to access the form. The deadline for submission is midnight on September 30th, 2017

The Special Project Reporting form for organizations who received funding for FY 16 is now closed.  If your organization still has not submitted the reporting form please contact Debra Alleyne by email

Arts and Culture Grant Program for Special Projects

Click HERE to apply (application for FY17 closed)

Click here for Special Projects Application, Guidelines. and Report Form
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Previous Recipients

The Arts and Culture Special Projects Grant has supported several art and cultural community projects. Browse the photo gallery below to view some of the projects made possible through special project funding assistance. Click here to view a full list of previous recipients.
DSO Portrait 2014-15
Concertmaster Eleanor Bartsch and Associate Concertmaster Ann Duchow
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
Elephant and Piggie Kennedy school