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Institutional Support Program

Grants to North Dakota Arts and Cultural
Nonprofits for Assistance with General Expenses

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North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA)

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03/15/19 11:59 PM (CST)


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Grants starting at $3,000 to North Dakota cultural and arts nonprofits that have been in existence for at least four years, for general expenses. Funding is intended primarily for productions, presentations, and service to the arts. Eligible arts disciplines include music, dance theater and opera; visual arts, design arts, photography, and media arts; literature; folk arts; and multi-disciplinary arts.

The program provides general support for qualifying arts and cultural organizations that have proven they have strong management and leadership, quality artistic programming and services, and are an important part of the arts infrastructure in their communities.

- Assist arts institutions and cultural organizations in improving artistic or administrative standards.
- Encourage arts organizations to attain financial stability by developing a diversified funding base.
- Expand cultural opportunities to new audiences and underserved areas.
- Increase opportunities for local artists and others to participate in a wide range of arts activities.
- Expand public value of the various art forms.

Funded Activities:
- General operating expenses (may include salaries).
- Honoraria for artistic and technical staff/services.
- Production costs for performances, exhibitions, and publications.

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GrantWatch ID#: 134964

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum grants in this category are $3,000 per fiscal year; maximum grants are $10,000.
- Successful applicants are not guaranteed a specific dollar amount for the entire three-year period; all grants are subject to available funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Dakota State Legislature.

Term of Contract:

- Funds are awarded for a three-year period that coincides with the NDCA's National Endowment for the Arts federal grant cycle.
- Funds must be expended in the fiscal year for which they are awarded. Unused grant funds cannot be carried over into the next fiscal year.
- Grant funds cannot be released until after July 1, providing all final reports required for previous grants have been submitted.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organizations must:
- Comply with all Eligibility General Policy Guidelines.
- Comply with applicable State and Federal laws.
- Have at least part-time paid staff and four (4) event dates/programs per year.
- Submit a complete and accurate application and provide at least 50 percent of the total cash cost of the project (1:1 cash match).
- Submit a copy of a strategic plan for current and future goals (3 to 5 years) and measurable objectives for the organization.
- Applicants whose operating budget exceeds $200,000 must submit an independent audit for the most recently completed fiscal year.
- Presentation, production, or service of the arts must be the primary activity of the applicant organization. This must be reflected in the applicant's strategic plan and mission statement.
- Organizations are required to be in existence, and have had their 501(c)(3) status, for a minimum of four (4) years.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance: The North Dakota Council on the Arts requires applicants to consider physical and programmatic accessibility as an integral part of each organizations planning and budgeting process. The project is required to be accessible as either part of the planned activity or upon request, where relevant.

- Organizations supported through the Community Arts Access and Special Projects grant programs
- Capital architectural improvements or purchase or long-term rental of equipment or property
- Benefits or hospitality (food, refreshments) costs
- Fellowships, scholarships, or tuition fees
- Activities restricted to an organization's membership
- Proposals that match federal funds with federal funds
- Items listed in the Ineligible General Guidelines and Policies section
- Effective July 1, 2005, only organizations with a separate 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status may apply for an Institutional Support grant. A fiscal agent will no longer be accepted.

Pre-Application Information:

A draft of the application may be submitted for review no later than February 15; this is encouraged. Staff will review draft applications, and contact organizations regarding corrections to or incompleteness of draft review applications. Contact Kim Konikow to request a review (see details in Contact Information below).

Applications must be submitted online by March 15, 11:59 PM (CST) for projects taking place in the upcoming triennium that begins July 1. Applications submitted after March 15, 11:59 PM (CST) will not be accepted.

Apply via NDCA's online grant program, and upload all documents and support materials. All applicants must submit materials online that illustrate their program’s quality and demonstrate their ability to provide art services to the public. The quality of this support material directly affects the review panel’s opinion of your organization and your subsequent evaluation. Support materials and any additional materials must be mailed in (postmarked by March 15) if unable to upload.

Notice of grant awards will be made by mid-June.

No more than 50% of the total cash operating/programming costs may be requested from the Council on the Arts.

Only one Institutional Support grant application will be accepted from an organization per triennium based on 501(c)(3) status.

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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.

Kim Konikow:

North Dakota Council on the Arts
1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6
Bismarck, ND 58503-0649
(701) 328-7590
(701) 328-7595 (Fax)

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