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Grants to Virginia Arts Nonprofits
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Prince William County (PWC) Department of Parks and Recreation

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04/17/20 4:59 PM


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit arts organizations in eligible regions for operational support. The grant program was designed to recognize local arts nonprofits for the quality programming and services that they provide to the community, and to strengthen their capacity to serve residents. The Foundation serves the Greater Prince William Area, including Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

General Operating Grants are intended to provide a base of operating support to arts organizations in the community in recognition of the valuable programs and services they provide. General Operating Grants also contribute to the permanence of these organizations in the community and help ensure diverse artistic offerings and experiences for residents.

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GrantWatch ID#: 143531

Estimated Size of Grant:

For organizations with annual budgets less than $100,000, General Operating Grants are limited to 20% or less of the previous year’s eligible income.

For organizations with annual budgets of $100,000 or more, General Operating Grants are limited to 15% or less of the previous year’s eligible income.

Term of Contract:

Activities must be completed July 1 2020 through June 30, 2021. Arts Grants do not support activities prior to July 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism will consider grant applications for any organization which:
• Is recognized as a non-profit and exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(a), which includes the 501(c) 3 designation, of the Internal Revenue code for at least one year and has completed a season of programs.
• Produces, presents, supports or provides educational opportunities for dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater, visual, and related arts;
• Comply with Title VI, Section 601, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which states that no person, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance;
• Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which state that no otherwise qualified person shall, solely by reason of his or her handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance;
• Are based in Prince William County, Manassas and/or Manassas Park by meeting, rehearsing, exhibiting and operating within this community;
• Have 80% members or participants from the community or 70% of services or programs offered within Prince William County, Manassas and/or Manassas Park;
• Submitted all required final reports for previous grant(s) received from Prince William County.
Note: Prince William County Arts Council affiliation is not a requirement to apply for General Operating or New & Emerging grant funds

Low priority will be given to organizations that do not show strong efforts to seek multiple funding resources.

The Prince William County grants do not fund:
• Activities restricted to an organization’s membership;
• Cost of parties, receptions, fund-raising benefits, etc.
• Activities that benefit primarily other jurisdictions outside of the community;
• Organizations that restrict or limit their membership or participation in their programs in any manner, direct or indirect, with the exclusion of artistic ability as it merits maintaining the artistic integrity of the organization;
• Activities and organizations that are wholly sponsored by commercial institutions, religious institutions, government agencies, public or private educational institutions;
• College or university-based projects that are part of a required course or curriculum, or that do not involve and serve a significant non-student population;
• Arts programs which are essentially recreational, rehabilitative or therapeutic;
• General operating support for historic celebrations or community promotional activities;
• Work of individual artists;
• Elimination of existing debts.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications may be submitted in-person to front desk clerk (8am – 5pm) or by postal delivery by 4:59 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020.

Grant Review: Individual grant panel members may pose a given question about each application. The Admin Support Coordinator will direct questions to the applicant organization, providing a deadline for response. An applicant’s failure to respond to the Panel’s questions may disqualify the grant application from further consideration.

The Admin Support Coordinator will notify applicants of Grant Panel funding recommendations within 3-5 business days, only after the scoring and full deliberation of all grant recommendations from the Panel are completed. Notification will be made via email to the contact listed on the grant application.

Standard (Long- Form) application is generally required for General Operating grants. Once an applicant has been approved for (3) consecutive General Operating grants submitted in standard form, they may then complete a Short-Form application for (2) consecutive grant cycle periods. Upon consecutive approval of the two previous Short-Form cycles, an applicant is required to return to the Standard G.O. form to provide evidence of solid organization for at least (1) approved cycle, after which they may return to Short-Form for another (2) consecutive grant cycles.

In lieu of the workshop being presented (March 17th), please see the PowerPoint presentation in Supporting Documents below. Please make sure to review all slides and notes attached to each slide.

Contact Information:

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

Questions about the application should be directed to the Nancy Kenny, 703-792-8782,

Grant applications may be submitted in-person to front desk clerk or by postal delivery:
Attn: Nancy Kenny
George Hellwig Admin Bldg 14420 Bristow Road
Manassas VA 20112

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