Danish Immigrant Museum Receives Grant

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced that The Danish Immigrant Museum has been awarded an Iowa Cultural Trust Endowment Challenge Grant in the amount of $28,000. The museum is one of eleven Iowa cultural organizations receiving these grants in the first year they have been awarded.

Judges were impressed that the museum has over 3,000 members, a budget of over $1 million and more than 130,000 visiting or participating annually in museum programs and traveling exhibits. “It is a feather in Iowa’s cap to have the national Danish museum in our state,” wrote one grant reviewer.

Endowment Challenge Grants – the newest and largest of the two Iowa Cultural Trust programs – are designed to help small and large non-profit cultural, arts and history organizations increase their endowments for general operating support through a challenge grant process.

Grant recipients are required to raise $3 in new endowment funds in direct response to the challenge grant for every dollar of grant funds awarded. Grants ranged in size from $2,500 to $28,000.
“We are honored to receive this grant from the Iowa Cultural Trust, especially as it is the first year they have been awarded. It is an acknowledgement of the contributions and work of many since the museum’s founding in 1983,” said the museum’s executive director, Dr. John Mark Nielsen. “I am also grateful as it supports the primary effort of our comprehensive campaign, which is to increase our endowment.”

Funds will be awarded to The Danish Immigrant Museum after it has achieved the three-to-one cash match, but no later than two years beyond the date of the award, which begins on March 1, 2011. All matching pledges and gifts must be new during the challenge grant period, and must be received and deposited into the endowment fund during the two-year grant period. The interest from these new endowment and matching funds must be used to support general operating expenses.

The Iowa Legislature created the Iowa Cultural Trust in 2002. Legislation calls for up to $1 million to be appropriated to the Cultural Trust annually. Currently, the funding is appropriated via the Iowa Values Fund. Grants are distributed from interest earned on principal.

Museum staff is planning a special endowment campaign that will be announced following the February Board of Directors’ meeting to be held in Chandler, Arizona from February 10th-12th.

The Danish Immigrant Museum
2212 Washington Street
Elk Horn, Iowa 51531
Telephone 712.764.7001 . Toll Free 800.759.9192 . Fax 712.764.7002

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