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Grants to Ohio Arts-Focused Nonprofits, IHEs,
and Agencies to Support General Operations

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Ohio nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, institutions of higher education, and government agencies for general operating support. Funding is intended to support artistic or administrative expenses for organizations that provide programming in any artistic discipline. Other allowable expenses include marketing, program planning, education, and evaluation.

The Arts Access program supports ongoing arts and cultural activities in all genres that broaden opportunities for the public to participate in the arts. Funding support Ohio arts providers as they make artistic experiences available to their communities, positioning Ohio as a vibrant place to live, learn, work, and visit.

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GrantWatch ID#: 131212

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request between $1,000 and $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Two-year awards. Applicants must still submit a brief summary of upcoming programming and updated budget information for the second year of their grant by the off-year deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must possess nonprofit status or nonprofit intent but need not be registered with the IRS as a 301(c)(3) nonprofit. Additional eligibility requirements for Arts Access include:
- Must have received at least two OAC grants in the last four fiscal years.
- Last fiscal year income must be less than $50,000. Non-arts organizations, including colleges and universities, consider an arts programming budget only, not the overall organizational budget.
- Applicants may be 1) arts and cultural organizations in any arts discipline (literature, performing arts, visual arts, traditional arts, multidisciplinary arts, etc.); 2) other organizations providing arts programming (government entities, social service agencies, etc.); or 3) educational organizations (colleges, universities, etc.) that demonstrate a commitment to arts programming in a large community setting. Additional funding restrictions apply to applications from colleges and universities.
- Organizations must not receive operating support from the Ohio legislature through a line item or earmark in the state budget during the same fiscal year in which the organization receives OAC operating support.

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Pre-Application Information:

The next application deadline is March 1, 2021. (Deadlines are March 1 of odd-numbered years.)

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications at least three to five days prior to the application deadline in order to allow ample time to resolve any unforeseen problems they may encounter with the final submission process.

- November 1, 2020 (first year): Applications available
- March 1, 2021 (first year): Application deadline
- April 2021 (first year): Panel meeting
- July 2021 (first year): Grant award announcement
- August 30, 2021 (first year): Grant agreement deadline
- January 1, 2022 (second year): Off-year update available in ARTIE
- March 1, 2022 (second year): Off-year update deadline
- July 2022 (second year): Off-year grant award announcement
- July 30, 2022 (first year): Final report deadline
- August 30, 2022 (second year): Grant agreement deadline
- July 30, 2023 (second year): Final report guideline

All Arts Access grants require a 1:1 match. .

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

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Brianna Dance

Janelle Hallett

Jim Szekacs

Ohio Arts Council
30 East Broad Street, 33rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3414
TTY/TDD Ohio Relay Service: 1-800/750-0750

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