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Arts and culture marketing grants available to help promote safe reopening following COVID shutdowns


Arts and cultural organizations can now apply for up to $20,000 to help them reopen safely and to market the creative and cultural experiences they offer for Iowans. Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs recently announced the new Iowa Arts and Culture Marketing Grant Program, which will help the sector publicize activities and steps it’s taken to ensure a safe experience as it returns to full capacity. “Marketing grants will help arts and cultural organizations promote reopening and ramping up of hours and operations while these organizations are rebounding from COVID-19 related closures, reduced business operations and hours,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Chris Kramer said in a release. The grants, which will range from $1,500 to $20,000, will be funded by $1 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds awarded to the state through the CARES Act to provide economic relief to small businesses. “The return of arts and cultural events, festivals and daily museum visits is lifting our spirits and the livelihoods of our creative workforce, along with the broader tourism, leisure and hospitality industry that depends on our arts and cultural attractions,” Reynolds said in the release. The deadline to apply is Oct. 11.

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