The University of Iowa

In spring 2013 the Office of the Provost announced the establishment of an Office of Outreach & Engagement to promote collaboration between UI faculty, staff, and students, and community partners across the state.

Visit to learn more about the Office of Outreach & Engagement and its featured programs, to view the searchable database of programs from across the university, and to find out how the university is making an impact in your community.

Grant Opportunities

The Office of Outreach & Engagement offers grant funding for initiatives that serve to enhance efforts that shape teaching and learning on campus while building upon existing excellent community programs already existing in the State. There are three grant opportunities available:

Funding is available to UI faculty, staff, and graduate students. Learn more about the grant process.


The Office of Outreach & Engagement houses six featured programs; Arts Share, Grant Wood Art Colony, Hawkeye Lunch and Learn, the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities, the Resource Conservation & Development Partnership, and Theme Semester.

Arts Share s a campus-wide program that continues the university’s long tradition of sharing creative resources. Arts Share strives to strengthen the arts in underserved areas, reaching out to provide access to life-enriching art experiences throughout the state. Working with Arts Share, schools and organizations can request an artist, and residences and performances are tailored to meet their needs.

The Grant Wood Art Colony elebrates the life and legacy of Iowa’s most famous artist, Grant Wood. After painting one of the most recognizable images in the world, American Gothic, Wood joined the University of Iowa faculty. Each year, the Colony provides three Fellowships in Painting, Printmaking, and Interdisciplinary Performance. Fellows teach courses, engage Iowans, and pursue their artistic endeavors. The Colony also hosts a biennial symposium and other public lectures to perpetuate Wood’s legacy as an artist and advocate of contemporary art.

Hawkeye Lunch and Learn lecture series aims to bring the University of Iowa out into communities, with faculty, staff, and alumni presenting their areas of expertise to Iowa citizens over the noon hour. Monthly lectures are hosted in Des Moines and Iowa City.

The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities is a campus-wide effort at the University of Iowa to enhance the capacity of Iowa's communities to be more sustainable. Partnering with Iowa's urban and rural communities, the IISC identifies projects that address the economic, environmental, and socio-cultural issues they face to build a more sustainable community. The IISC provides significant outreach to Iowa's communities, while transforming teaching and learning at the university.

The Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Partnership is designed to provide assistance for economic development, arts and culture development, environmental conservation and public health initiatives in communities within nine RC&D regions across the state of Iowa. University of Iowa faculty, staff and students, through community-based research, service-learning courses and staff outreach, collaborate with RC&D staff and community partners on a variety of projects, workshops and trainings that will enhance the quality of life for citizens across Iowa.

Theme Semester launched in spring 2015 and grew out of an idea to have academics, campus activities, and community events surround a common theme. Each spring semester introduces a new topic, bringing events, activities, and opportunities to individuals on campus and in communities across the state.

For more information on our programs or for questions, please contact our office at or 319-335-0684.