The Oneota Film Festival has been awarded an Art Project grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for its Teen Documentary Film Project -- a screening of films focused on teen mental health followed by workshops for area teens led by local professional filmmakers to create a new teen-focused documentary film by and about Decorah teens.

The award is for $3,250.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awarded a total of $161,043 in Art Project grants and Stability grants to 29 artists and organizations helping build and sustain culturally vibrant communities in Iowa.

Art Project grants invest in projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in Iowa and are funded by appropriations from the Iowa Legislature and National Endowment for the Arts. Stability grants help non-profit arts and cultural organizations achieve fiscal stability by instituting best practices in organizational strategic planning and management and are funded through the Iowa Cultural Trust. Both grant programs are administered by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

 “We are committed to investing in projects that cultivate creativity, foster economic growth and enhance the cultural identity of local communities,” Iowa Arts Council Administrator Matt Harris said. “I congratulate our grantees and we are very proud to partner with them.”

Other communities awarded grants are Bellevue, Bondurant, Cedar Falls, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Indianola, Iowa City, Marshalltown, Orange City and Sioux City.

More information about Art Project Grants is available at and additional information about Iowa Cultural Trust Stability Grants is available at