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Funding Resources

Funding Resources for CultureALL workshops

CultureALL is eager for all schools and community groups to work with our CultureALL Ambassadors, and to experience the full impact of our high-quality programs. That’s why our staff works painstakingly to keep our costs low and programs affordable. So when clients know that their budgets for enrichment activities are limited, we are happy to direct them toward additional funding sources to support their CultureALL residency.

What We Do

Throughout the year, our board and staff members are working to raise money for CultureALL by:

  • Securing grants and sponsorships from our Community Partners
  • Soliciting donations from our Friends through fundraising campaigns
  • Hosting fundraising events, from small house parties to large celebrations like the Bollywood Ball.

What You Can Do

If you need to find funding to support bringing a CultureALL program to your school or community group, here are some suggested links to resources that may be helpful.  The resources listed below are primarily for educators/schools. Listings marked with a (C) may also provide funding to community organizations.

Local & State Funding Resources

CultureALL’s Wells Fargo Boarding Pass Scholarship:

Wells Fargo fundingThanks to a generous grant from Wells Fargo, CultureALL has some funding to provide workshops to Title I schools at a discounted fee. If your school is Title I, be sure to ask us about scholarships when you book your workshop.

One Classroom at a Time:

ABC Local 5Through this grant program, sponsored by Bankers Trust and ABC-Local 5, educators in central Iowa can apply for up to $500 to support bringing CultureALL to your classroom or school.

Connecting Kids & Culture:

Connecting Kids & CultureSponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and Bravo Greater Des Moines, with additional support from funds raised during the annual Principal Charity ClassicConnecting Kids and Culture is an initiative to enhance student learning by providing greater access to the educational programs of Des Moines area arts and cultural organizations. Funds are provided directly to local school districts to support programming for K-5 students in greater Des Moines.

Greater Iowa Credit Union Project Classroom:

K-5 teachers from schools in 33 Iowa  counties can apply for a grant of up to $1,000 to support classroom projects. The next deadline for applications is September 16, 2016, so apply soon!

The Iowa Arts Council (C):

With funding support from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Arts Council offers Project Grants of up to $10,000 to support arts-related programs to bring artists in the classroom.  (Deadlines are subject to change, so please check before you apply.) The Big Yellow School Bus Grant provides up to $500 in funding for field trips, or to bring artists into the classroom. (These grants are first-come-first-served, so be sure to apply early in the year before the funding runs out.) A number of CultureALL Ambassadors are professional artists, and CultureALL can help you design a program that aligns with the Arts Council’s grant guidelines. The Arts Council also accepts proposals from Iowa non-profit organizations.

Polk County Board of Supervisors (C):

Polk County’s Community Betterment Grant program provides funding for special projects in schools and school districts (as well as other community organizations) located in Polk County.

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino(C):

Schools, school districts, and community organizations in Iowa are also eligible for the annual Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant. Pay special attention to the guidelines and grant requirements before initiating an application.

Local Community Foundations (C):

If your school is located outside of Des Moines, there may be a local community foundation that will accept applications from local schools or school districts, as well as from local community groups and nonprofits. The Iowa Council on Foundations provides a handy search tool to help you find community foundations in your county.

National Resources

The American Immigration Council:

A national program that offers grants of up to $500 for projects that provide education on immigrants and immigration issues for students ages 7-16. Application Deadlines are July 1 and November 1, annually.

Kids in Need Foundation:

This foundation offers a number of grants of up to $500 for classroom supplies and special projects. Applications are accepted from mid-July through September,annually.


A comprehensive website and online community that “increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education,” Edutopia provides a list of grant sources, contests, awards, and other resources for educators.

Teachers Count:

A non-profit organization whose mission is to “raise the status of the teaching profession and provide resources to the education community” also provides a good list of grant opportunities.

Grants for Teachers:

A searchable database of grants for teachers, schools, school districts.

Donors Choose:

An online charity that connects teachers to donors around the country; submit your project idea to the website and Donors Choose helps you connect to potential funders.

Mary Lou Anderson Grant for Local PTAs:

The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides up to $1,000 in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects within their school community. Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing, as determined by the State PTA. The next grant cycle runs January 10-March 17, 2017, for projects running September 1, 2017 to June 15, 2018

Other Potential Resources

Parent Teacher Organizations:

If your school has a PTO or Booster Club, consider talking with them about funding – or helping you to raise money – for your project.

District Curriculum Coordinators:

Coordinators may be aware of funding resources within your school district’s budget – it never hurts to ask!

District Grantwriters:

Your school district may have a grantwriter on staff who can help you identify additional funding opportunities, and/or help you prepare an application.

Small Businesses (C):

Does your school have a local business that sponsors school activities? Ask your principal about approaching a business partner to sponsor a CultureALL program.  If your school does not have an official business partner, look for local banks, restaurants, or other small businesses near your school – they may be open to a small request for funding.   If you would like assistance in putting together some talking points or a presentation for a local funder, we are happy to help!

Civic Organizations (C):

Civic groups such as Kiwanis, Rotary Club, Junior League, and Lions Club may have a local chapter that provides funding for special programs at local schools. Some have open application processes, but some require referral by a member of the club. Check with parents and friends to see if any are members of a civic organization.

Crowdfunding Apps (C):

Consider approaching parents and members of the community through a crowdfunding campaign.  In addition to DonorsChoose, there are many other online platform. Edutopia has an excellent downloadable resource guide that compares different crowdfunding sites and offers step-by-step tips for planning a campaign.

Technical Support from CultureALL

If you decide to apply for a grant to support bringing one of our programs to your school or organization, CultureALL can provide you with assistance in planning a project that aligns with the guidelines of your prospective funder. We can also help provide sponsorship benefits – including special recognition on our web site, social media, newsletter, etc. – that may help make your request more attractive to a prospective funder.

If you have identified a funding source and need additional help in preparing your application – or making your case for support to a building administrator or PTO – please contact us.

Please Note:

Many grant programs have specific application deadlines – be sure to check the due date for the grant you want to apply for and give yourself plenty of time to prepare your request. If the deadline has passed, make a note of it and you may be able to apply next year!

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