Office of Arts Cultural Affairs Seeks Volunteers

Grant Review Panels
The City of Dubuque’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is seeking volunteer grant reviewers to read and score applications for its active Arts Operating Recovery subgrant program, funded through the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Rescue Plan Act. Annual competitive granting programs supporting the arts and culture sector and a forthcoming grant opportunity for individual artists also utilize volunteer reviewers.

Available opportunities and service periods for grant reviewers are anticipated as follows:

  • Arts Operating Recovery Subgrant Program (January 2023)
  • Artist Recovery Subgrant Program (April 2023 for Round 1 & August 2023 for Round 2)
  • Operating Support for Arts and Culture Nonprofits (May 2023)
  • Support for Special Projects in Arts and Culture (May – June 2023)

Grant reviewers provide an objective review of applications to maintain equitable practices in allocating funding. Volunteer grant reviewers will participate in the following:

  • An informational orientation
  • Independent review and scoring of applications based on an established rubric
  • Discussion to confirm grant scoring and comments

No previous grant reviewing or grant writing experience is necessary. Staff with the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs provide support in navigating the online grant management system, instruction on the grant evaluation and feedback process, and scoring tools.

More information on what it takes to be a volunteer grant reviewer is available on the City’s website at

Volunteers from various professions, backgrounds, and locations are encouraged to apply. Parties interested in serving the community and empowering Dubuque’s arts and culture sector as volunteer grant reviewers are asked to submit a short form.

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Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Volunteers Needed
The 6th annual Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Competition and Festival is coming to Dubuque’s downtown Washington Park, February 9-12. Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, February 7 for snow stomping to prepare blocks of snow for the event!

Other important details: There will be two shifts with different snow stomping shirts available, an 8 AM-12 PM shift and a 12:30-4:30 PM shift.

10-15 volunteers are needed per shift. Groups of volunteers from local businesses, service agencies, etc are welcomed. All volunteers will be asked to sign a photo release / waiver of liability form. Volunteers under 18 will need a guardian or parent to sign the form.

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