Arts Operating Recovery Subgrant Overview

The Dubuque City Council approved recommendations from the City’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission to award $497,774 in American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds to twenty-two Dubuque’s arts sector nonprofit organizations and programs in support of the Arts Operating Recovery subgrant program. Funding sources include a National Endowment for the Arts Local Arts Agency subgrant award and general ARPA allocations. Read the full press release here. 

The Arts Operating Recovery subgrant program is 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 $435,000 in federally awarded funds.

The Arts Operating Recovery subgrant program aims to assist Dubuque’s non-profit arts activities in response to economic and community impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds can only be used to support day-to-day arts operations that increase the community’s access to a wide range of diverse arts experiences which broadly foster economic activity, promote citizen engagement, and cultivate an equitable community of choice.

The Arts Operating Recovery subgrant program opportunity has closed.

This program differs from the City of Dubuque’s annual Arts & Culture Operating Support program, there are additional requirements to receive this federal funding. 

  1. Informational Webinar

Join virtually to learn more about Arts Operating Recovery subgrant program. Webinar participants will get clarification on the purpose of the program, a detailed overview of funding requirements, and learn about the application process. Any are welcome to attend. Reviewing the funding materials in advance of the informational webinar is strongly encouraged.

  • Find the recording of the informational webinar here
  • Find a PDF version of the webinar here
  1. Office Hours
  1. How to Apply
  1. Eligible Applicants
  1. Ineligible Applicants
  1. Funding Guidelines
  1. Accessibility, Technical Assistance, and Questions

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  1. Laura Merrick  |  email
    Communications and Grants Administration Assistant

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

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