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Community Arts Development (CAD) Program

Grants to Santa Fe, New Mexico Nonprofits for
High-Quality Public Arts Projects and Arts Education

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City of Santa Fe - Arts Commission

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06/12/18 5:00 PM MST


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Grants of up to $6,000 to Santa Fe, New Mexico nonprofits for high-quality public arts projects in Northern Santa Fe County. Funding is intended to support arts services that are offered to the local community, with an emphasis on projects that celebrate the diversity of artistic heritage and bring the community together.

Education through the arts projects in schools and other settings are eligible to apply. Informal groups who would like to apply for funding are encouraged to do so utilizing the services of a fiscal agent.

The intent of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s funding is to support the presentation of artistic content to the general public. Examples of public presentations include performances, productions, exhibitions, art markets, fairs and festivals (i.e. indoor or outdoor community celebrations of the arts), and workshops or conferences. All public presentations must be open and accessible to the general public.

Organizations who receive contracts for funding shall provide the following services:

- All required services to ensure the presentation and production of the projects as described in the application.
- Present opportunities for youth and/or other underserved population to benefit from the project by providing free or reduced access to the project as outlined in the application and demonstrated by the documentation and reporting of audience statistical and demographic information, including minority participation in the project.
- Market and promote the City by utilizing the City’s arts logo and credit line on all printed promotional material related to the project.
- Promote and market the project locally and regionally; demonstrate evidence of attracting audiences through statistical and demographic information.
- Present arts educational programs and opportunities for the Santa Fe community that increase understanding of the project’s artistic discipline or work of art.
- Encourage the cultural development of Santa Fe through Maintaining high standards of artistic excellence as demonstrated by the presentation of performances, exhibitions and /or services.
- Strengthen the position of the arts as an integral part of Santa Fe by providing cultural benefits and contributing to the City’s artistic identity and access to underserved constituencies.
- Provide a final report to the City providing statistical and demographic information about audience attendance and the results of the project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127548

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests are limited to $6,000 or less.

Term of Contract:

Funding is for projects taking place between July 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizational Eligibility:

-With rare exception, only Santa Fe-based organizations will be funded.

-Only organizations with a mission that includes the arts will be funded.

-Projects must take place in the northern portion of Santa Fe County (i.e. Madrid/ Galisteo to northern boundary of county)

-Organizations must be a federally recognized nonprofit with an IRS 501(c)3 status; a public agency (as defined in NMSA Section 11-1-1 or any county, state or education institution specified in Article 12, Section 11of the NM Constitution.); or apply through a fiscal agent (See “Using a Fiscal Agent” below).

-Organizations must have a State of New Mexico Incorporation Certificate as a domestic or foreign nonprofit corporation and be in good standing with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC).

-Organizations must have a current City of Santa Fe business registration number.

-City of Santa Fe-operated programs are not eligible.

Using a Fiscal Agent:

An organization that does not have its nonprofit status and/or NMPRC Certificate may apply through a fiscal agent, provided the fiscal agent meets all the eligibility requirements. The fiscal agent becomes legally responsible for the completion of the project, submission of all reports, as well as receipt and proper management of Arts Commission funds.

The fiscal agent’s role is strictly administrative; it is not a partner or collaborator in the programmatic or artistic content of the project. The donation of goods or services by the fiscal agent (such as in-kind space rental or administrative services) may be included as part of the applicant/fiscal agent relationship. In instances where the relationship between applicant and fiscal agent extends beyond these parameters, the eligible organization must submit the application for funding under its own name.

What Cannot Be Funded:

-Demonstration and master classes
-Scholarships and fellowships
-Closed subscription series
-Projects which are part of a post-secondary academic degree program
-Awards (ribbons, trophies, prizes, etc.)
-Deficits and debt reduction (including finance charges, loan fees, etc.)
-Meals, catering, lodging or transportation
-Capital expenses (including the purchase of equipment or real property, labor or materials costs for renovations, remodeling or new construction, etc.)
-Tuition assistance for college, university or other post-secondary formal course work
-Fund-raising (events, personnel, merchandise, invitations, etc.)

In many instances, the larger project budget or organizational budget may include some of these elements; however, Arts Commission funds cannot be applied toward these costs.

This program does not provide general operating funds or funding to support ancillary, non-arts-based programs

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a Technical Assistance Workshop on May 14, 2018 at 9:00AM in the Nambe Room of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations considering applying for funding for the first time are encouraged to contact the Arts Commission at (505) 955-6707 prior to submitting an application. Arts Commission staff is available to help ensure that both an organization and a project are eligible for funding, as well as to provide guidance regarding in which funding program to apply.

Arts Commission staff is available throughout the application period to answer questions regarding the application and review process. Please direct your inquiries to Jackie Camborde, Arts Services Coordinator.

1. Issuance of RFQ - May 9, 2018
2. Technical Assistance Workshop - May 14, 2018
3. Receipt of applications - June 12, 2018
4. Arts Commission award recommendations - Monday, July 10, 2018
5. Recommendations of awards to the City Manager - July 15, 2018
6. Effective date of awards - July 2018
7. Completion of Contract - June 30, 2019

Organizations must match the contract amount dollar-for dollar in any combination of cash or in-kind, provided the organizational budget is under $1 million. Organizations with annual operating budgets over $1 million must meet the match in cash. Cash is income generated through ticket sales, program advertising, budget allocations, fundraising, pledges, grants, miscellaneous contributions, memberships, etc. In-kind revenue is contributed goods or services of value that are necessary.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Project Manager:
Jackie Camborde
(505) 955-6707

City of Santa Fe
200 Lincoln Avenue
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-0909

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico: Northern portion of Santa Fe County (i.e. Madrid/ Galisteo to northern boundary of the county)