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New Generation Grants

Grants to Wake County, North Carolina Nonprofit Arts Organizations
to Increase their Capacity to Produce or Present Arts Programs

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United Arts Council

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 to Wake County, North Carolina nonprofit arts organizations to help increase their capacity to produce or present arts programs. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Representatives must attend an application workshop if the applicant did not receive funding in the last grant cycle.

Evaluation Criteria:

United Arts staff will review New Generation applications and make funding recommendations to the United Arts Board of Directors. Each application in the New Generation category will be evaluated on an overall impression of the applicant's strengths in the following areas:

Artistic Quality, Merit, Integrity:
- Professional artistic direction and vision
- Relationship between applicant’s stated mission, goals, environment, and history of artistic accomplishment to program's goals and activities
- Qualifications, background, and expertise of the artists, instructors, or staff involved
- Potential of activities to extend participants' knowledge and/or skills in the arts and/or other curriculum areas
- Quality and clarity of program plans and potential for proposed activities to meet program goals

Community Impact:
- Demonstrated awareness of, and response to, the needs and interests of a diverse community and audience
- Engagement/impact on audiences and participants
- Efforts to involve a diversity of participants
- Involvement of avocational and/or professional artists
- Degree to which the organization seeks to work collaboratively and share resources with other community groups

Program Management:
- Administrative capacity, resources, planning and expertise to ensure success
- Effective marketing
- Appropriate evaluation strategies that are matched to program goals

Financial Management of Organization:
- Financial stability
- Fiscal responsibility

- Completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of application
- Completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of reports and other requirements

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GrantWatch ID#: 138645

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum Grant Size: Applicants must request at least $1,000.
Maximum Grant Request: Applicants may apply for a maximum of $6,000.

Term of Contract:

Eligible programs must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New Generation grants are intended to support arts organizations that have been in existence for less than eight years.

Applicants for New Generation grants must:

- Be a nonprofit arts organization with 501(c)(3) state and federal tax-exempt status*;
- Be in Good Standing as defined in General Grant Policies (previous recipients only);
- Have a majority of activities take place within Wake County;
- Have had at least one year of arts programming;
- Have been in existence for less than eight years following the date of achieving non-profit status;
- Maintain a board of directors which meets at least quarterly;
- Have an annual internal review if organization's actual gross revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year is equal to or less than $299,999. See Glossary for required components of internal review;
- Have an independent audit performed annually by a Certified Public Accountant if organization's actual gross revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year is $300,000 or greater;
- Have nondiscrimination, conflict of interest, and accessibility policies; and
- Meet with United Arts staff before February 28, 2018.

*Applications will also be accepted from arts organizations whose applications for 501(c)(3) status are pending. Proof of tax-exempt application to the IRS will be required. Emerging arts organizations not having 501(c)(3) status are encouraged to consult with United Arts staff at any time for other types of assistance, including fiscal agency and access to community resources.

Eligible applications must be for arts-related programming to take place in Wake County.

Please Note: Applicants for New Generation grants may not apply in any other United Arts grant category.

United Arts funds may not be used for the following expenditures:

- Deficit reduction
- Contributions to cash reserves and/or endowment funds
- Loan repayments, interest and/or penalties, fines or litigation costs
- Capital expenses (e.g., buildings, roads, major immobile equipment, furniture, fixtures or musical instruments, artwork, etc.)
- Fundraising events and activities
- Food or beverage for hospitality or entertainment functions
- Private events closed to the general public and activities restricted to an organization’s membership
- Lobbying expenses
- Tuition for academic study
- Programs in the following areas: acrobatics, aerobic dance, art therapy, beauty pageants, clowning, comedy, cosmetology, face painting, fashion shows, gemology, juggling, karaoke, magic shows, martial arts, mineralogy, modeling, nature presentations, pageants, quiz bowl presentations, talent shows
- Scholarships and awards for use outside the applicant’s programming
- Projects of a religious nature designed to promote or inhibit religious belief and/or practice and which have no basic underlying secular theme or topics
- Competition prizes

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Workshops:

Representatives must attend an application workshop if the applicant did not receive funding in the last grant cycle. Attending an application workshop is optional for current grantees unless staff requires that an organization attend. Staff recommends that any returning applicant with a new grant writer attend an application workshop. At these workshops, United Arts staff will assist applicants with the process by discussing eligibility requirements, grant requirements, and tips on how to submit a competitive application. Please review guidelines before attending a workshop.

Application workshops are held at the United Arts Council office. Please register in advance for workshops to

Non-profit Arts/Cultural Organization Applicants:
Thursday, January 10, 2019, 10:30 am
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 5:00 pm

Application Review Appointments:

United Arts staff are available for individual appointments with applicants to review drafts of application materials and to provide feedback. Appointments will be held during the month of February.

Although any applicant may request an appointment, applicants applying in new categories are required to meet with staff. Staff may also request an appointment, attendance at which is mandatory. Applications will not be accepted from any applicant who does not meet with staff as required.

To give staff time to review draft proposals appropriately, applicants must submit a draft narrative and budget via email at least two working days before the appointment.

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Application Review Process:

All applicants should submit a letter stating intention to apply to arrive by February 1, 2019. New applicants must attach to this letter requested documents to determine proof of eligibility.

Once the letters are received, staff will determine eligibility and schedule individual meetings to take place by February 28, 2019. Returning applicants (have received New Generation grants in the past) must schedule an individual meeting to take place by February 28, 2019 with United Arts staff. Once eligibility is determined and applicant has met with staff, a full application should be submitted by March 7, 2019.

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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Direct questions about programming grants to Ragen Carlile at the above email address or at (919) 839-1498 x209.

United Arts Council
410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: (919) 839-1498
Fax: (919) 839-6002

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Wake County