Applications Now Open for City of Dubuque Operating Support and Special Projects Grant Programs

The City of Dubuque and the Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission are now accepting applications from eligible parties through the Arts & Culture Operating Support and Special Projects grant programs for the fiscal year (FY) 2024 funding period, which runs July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024.

Applications for the Operating Support program are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2023. Applications for Special Projects funding are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2023. All information related to application guidelines, scoring rubric, and access to the online application portal are at

Since these funding programs began in 2005, the City of Dubuque has invested over $4.4 million in organizations and activities that increase the community’s access to a wide range of diverse arts and cultural experiences, utilizing the power of the arts, creative expression, and cultural offerings to foster economic activity, promote citizen engagement, and cultivate an equitable community of choice.

“A community with a thriving arts and culture sector is a community that thrives overall,” said Dubuque Mayor Brad Cavanagh. “The City Council continues to prioritize investment in arts and culture as an investment in our community’s well-being because access to diverse arts and culture experiences support brain health, attract tourism dollars, and help us to retain the workforce our region needs to grow and prosper.”

The Operating Support grant program aims to support established 501(c)(3) Dubuque-based nonprofit organizations who have a primary mission to provide the general public with programs and activities in areas directly concerned with arts, arts education, or cultural heritage.

The Special Projects grant program provides support to cultivate unique and innovative creative arts and cultural experiences that prioritize community engagement and active partnership in which all parties may experience change and growth; arts and culture nonprofits, other nonprofits, and established nonprofit-like groups are eligible.

Both funding programs require that proposals and projects demonstrate how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts are integrated through planning, outreach, and program delivery. Applicants must also illustrate alignment with the goals and priorities of the City of Dubuque’s Arts and Culture Master Plan.

“Through last fiscal year’s Operating Support funding the arts and culture sector, the City supported 19 different nonprofit organizations with awards of $700 to $27,400 supporting budgets ranging from just under $20,000 to nearly $7.8 million annually,” states Arts & Cultural Affairs Manager Jenni Petersen-Brant. “This ongoing commitment to Dubuque’s nonprofit arts and culture sector supports over 300 full and part-time arts and culture workers, while investing in programming that creates an estimated $47.2 million annual economic impact through tourism, hospitality, and retail activity and significantly impacting broader quality of life and community development efforts.”

To learn more about both grant programs, informational webinars will be offered for any and all interested in learning more about program details. Informational webinars are scheduled as follows:

Webinar attendees should register in advance at the links above; webinar recordings will be posted to the City’s website for those unable to attend live.

Grant applications must be submitted online by the aforementioned deadlines. Access to the online application portal is available at

For additional information, visit or contact City of Dubuque Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs at or 563.690.6059.

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