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.

Operating Support for Arts and Culture Nonprofits

This program offers limited, unrestricted operating support to eligible arts and cultural non-profit organizations operating within Dubuque city limits that demonstrate a commitment to serving the community through access to arts, arts education, and cultural heritage experiences. The Operating Support program aims to increase the community's access to a wide range of inclusive and diverse arts and cultural experiences that support economic activity, empower community engagement, and cultivate an equitable community of choice. 

The FY 2023 application window has passed. Learn more about the Operating Support grant program here.

Support for Special Projects in Arts and Culture

The Special Projects program cultivates unique and innovative public-facing creative arts and cultural experiences that prioritize community engagement and active partnership in which all parties may experience change and growth. Successful Special Projects proposals will integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices into the development and execution of the project and provide evidence that the project advances City goals and priorities.

The FY 2023 application window has passed. Learn more about the Special Projects grant program here.

GARE Regranting to Empower BIPOC Creativity and Culture

Through this non-recurring program, the City of Dubuque regrants funds from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) to support the work of eligible Dubuque non-profit organizations to empower and elevate Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) creativity and culture. The program seeks to provide funding that will result in public-facing arts and cultural programs and activities that aim to diversify representation, cultivate belonging, and create an equitable community.

The application window for the GARE Regrant program has passed. Learn more about the GARE Regranting program here.

Contact Us

  1. Jenni Petersen-Brant  |  email
    Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator
    Phone: 563.690.6059

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

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

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