Funding Programs

Since 2005, the City of Dubuque has awarded over $2.8 million to area arts and culture organizations and other non-profits for programs that reach thousands of Dubuque adults and children each year.

This funding is one way in which the City fulfills its seven Cultural Arts Goals in the strategic plan.

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.”

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Arts and Culture Funding Program for Operating Support

This program provides operating support funding to established 501(C)3 arts and culture organizations located in the City of Dubuque that primarily serve Dubuque residents with year-round arts and culture events, programs, and services and can demonstrate a record of programmatic and administrative stability. 
To learn more about this funding stream click here.
Encore Christmas
Japanese Garden
Colts Young Musician

 View the past Operating Support grant recipients here.

Arts and Culture Grant Program for Special Projects

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.   

View the past Special Project Funding recipients.

Check out these resources about community engagement: 


Further Information

Economic Development Department
Dubuque Theaterical Production