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General Operating Support (GOS) Grant Program

Grants to Ohio Arts and Culture Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations for General Operating Support

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Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC)

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Deadline Date:

08/05/21 4:30 PM ET


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Grants to Ohio arts and culture nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for general operating support. New applicants must contact a program manager and all applicants are required to verify eligibility prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to deepen the community's access to arts and culture. Applicants must be based in Cuyahoga County. CAC strongly encourages applications from BIPOC-led and serving organizations (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), as well as others that have been historically excluded or marginalized.

Successful GOS applicants have:

  • A primary mission to create, produce, present or provide arts and/or cultural services for the public;
  • A history of vibrant artistic and/or cultural programming; and
  • Strong organizational capacity to carry out their work.

Arts and Culture is defined in the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3381, CAC’s enabling law, as “including, but not limited to, literature, theater, music, dance, ballet, painting, sculpture, photography, motion pictures, architecture, archaeology, history, natural history, or the natural sciences.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128437

Term of Contract:

All funded activities and grant expenditures must occur during the grant period, January 1 – December 31, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the GOS grant program, organizations must meet all of the following criteria:
- Have a primary mission to produce, present or create programs or activities in areas directly concerned with arts or culture heritage (as defined by the Ohio Revised Code) for the general public
- Have a permanent and viable base in Cuyahoga County for at least three years prior to June 3, 2021. Applicant organization must have a business address in Cuyahoga County and conduct the majority of its local programs and services in Cuyahoga County for the residents of Cuyahoga County and visitors to Cuyahoga County
- Exist as a 501(c)(3) organization for at least three years or be a successor to an arts or cultural organization that had been a 501(c)(3) organization for at least five years prior to June 3, 2021, and be verified as a 501(c)(3) by GuideStar’s Charity Check service
- Employ for a minimum of two years prior to June 3, 2021, at least one paid, professional cultural/artistic and/or administrative staff person working a minimum of 20 hours per week (or 1,040 hours per year) at or above the state-designated minimum wage. This staff person must receive an IRS Form W-2 from the organization reporting wages and withheld taxes and must have approval from the organization’s Board of Directors to sign for financial transactions and grant-related documents
- Provide independently certified audited financial statements for FY18, FY19, and FY20 if its FY20 total expenses are $750,000 or more; or provide either independently certified audited or reviewed financial statements for FY18, FY19, and FY20 if its FY20 total expenses are less than $750,000
- Complete an IRS Form 990/990-EZ (Required for all budget sizes)
- Be incorporated and authorized to do business in Ohio as verified by the Ohio Secretary of State
- Meet minimum income threshold of $100,000, as determined by a financial review/audit or 990 for fiscal year 2020
- Have previously received and successfully completed at least two Project Support grants from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

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Funding restrictions can be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:

2022 Grant Programs Workshop:

Time: May 12, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- May 3, 2021: Eligibility Check Opens
- May 12, 2021 from 10-11 am ET: 2022 Grant Programs Workshop (Virtual)
- June 3, 2021 by 4:30 pm ET: Eligibility Check Deadline
- August 5, 2021 by 4:30 pm ET: Application Deadline
- Week of September 27, 2021: Public Panel Review
- November 2021: Board Meets to Approve 2022 Grants
- January 1 - December 31, 2022: 2022 Grant Period

Applicants are encouraged to schedule an informational meeting with CAC staff before the eligibility check deadline. All new GOS applicants must schedule an informational meeting with CAC staff before the eligibility check deadline (June 3, 2021). To schedule a meeting, please contact a program manager.

GOS grants are matching grants. Applicants are required to leverage CAC funds to secure additional income from other sources. This program requires a 1:1 cash match. The matching funds may come from any source. Sources of your matching funds can include, but are not limited to, foundation or government grants, private donations, ticket sales, and member dues. Matching funds may not include other funds from CAC. This includes any CAC co-funded grants. Contact CAC staff with any questions.

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Contact Information:

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

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For technical assistance, contact India Pierre-Ingram at or 216.306.0110.

1501 Euclid Avenue · Suite 407
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Phone: (216) 515-8303
Fax: (216) 515-1124

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