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Grants to Illinois and Iowa Small Arts Nonprofits in Eligible Counties to Improve Organizational Capacity


Geographic Focus

USA: Illinois: Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer countiesIowa: Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine counties

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Arts Dollars Grants Program: Capacity-Building

Quad City Arts

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #182792

Grant Description

Grants of up to $5,000 to Illinois and Iowa small nonprofit arts organizations in eligible counties for activities to improve organizational capacity. The purpose of the program is to enhance the quality of life of local residents through arts programs. Funded programs must serve the counties of Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties in Illinois; and Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine counties in Iowa.

Capacity-Building Grants fund activities that increase an organization's overall capacity, organizational strength, and community impact.

Examples of capacity building projects include (but are not limited to):

  • Planning activities: e.g., organizational assessments, strategic planning, communications/marketing
  • Board development: may include activities such as leadership training, defining the role of the board, and strengthening volunteer roles
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives: may include activities such as organizational trainings, community workshops, etc.
  • Organizational re-branding: staffing costs, building online presence, rebranding current marketing
  • Strategic Relationships: building collaborative relationships with other nonprofits
  • Internal operations: improvements to financial management, volunteer management, etc.
  • Technology Improvements: IT capacity through upgrades to hardware or software, websites, and staff training to optimize use of technology.
  • Professional development: staff or volunteer attendance at conferences, trainings, or online webinars
  • Fundraising Development: staff education costs, equipment supporting the initiation or expansion of sustainable fundraising efforts

Generally, the most successful capacity-building plans:

  • Improve the organization as a whole, rather than a single project or program
  • Are focused on a single issue or opportunity, rather than multiple unrelated needs
  • Are critical to the organization’s long-term success
  • Start an organization down a path of perpetual improvement. While the individual proposal may have an end date, it should be clear how the project will propel future improvement.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The organization’s programs and activities must primarily be arts-related and for the benefit of in Quad City Arts’ service area: Rock Island, Henry, Mercer counties in Illinois; and Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine counties in Iowa.

All proposed budgets must include payment to at least one artist or arts administrator who meets both of the following criteria:
a. At least 18 years of age
b. Current resident of Rock Island, Henry, or Mercer county in Illinois, or Scott, Clinton, or Muscatine county in Iowa, for the past 12 consecutive months

For more information on eligibility policies, see the following link:


The following are ineligible expenses for Capacity-Building Grants:
- Capital infrastructure projects (bricks and mortar)
- Ongoing annual operating expenses
- Feasibility studies
- Grants to individuals
- Sectarian religious programs promoting a particular faith
- Lobbying or support of a political party

Pre-Application Information:

Complete applications and support materials must be submitted online by January 31, 2023.

Applicants will be notified by March 13, 2023.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may apply for up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between April 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

For staff contact information, call (309) 793-1213, or email

Quad City Arts
1715 Second Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201

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