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New and Emerging Grant

Prince William County (PWC) Department of Parks and Recreation

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #143532

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $1,000 to Virginia nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations for operating expenses. Funding is intended to give seed money to newly established organizations that offer valuable activities to local communities. Priority is given to organizations that demonstrate high standards of effective management, artistic quality, and the ability to raise funds for the activity and service to the community. Eligible applicants are based in the Greater Prince William Area, including Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for New & Emerging Grants must have applied for 501(c) 3 status, have a founding document, and bylaws that comply with prohibitions against discrimination as required by Federal/State and/or County legislation.

Organizations that have established financial autonomy, have attained a recognized level of artistic quality or public recognition commensurate with their stated goals, and have not been in existence for more than three (3) years are eligible to apply. All first-time grant applicants which have been in existence for three (3) years or less must complete the New & Emerging application.

In general, the Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation will consider grant applications for any organizations that
- Are 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. (Exception is for organizations applying for New & Emerging Grants);
- Produce, present, support, or provide 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 New & Emerging grant funds.

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 Greater Prince William County area.
- 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
- General operating support for historic celebrations or community promotional activities
- Work of individual artists; or a cost to benefit an individual
- Elimination of existing debts
- Capital expenses
- Endowment funds, scholarships, or prizes

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications must be submitted no later than 4:59 pm on April 22, 2022.

- Application Submission Opens: March 15, 2022 at 12 noon
- Application Submission Closes: April 22, 2022
- Panel Independent Review: Late April
- Panel Review Meeting: Mid May
- Parks Commission Review/Approval: June
- Board of County Supervisors Review/Approval: Early FiscalYear2023
- Grants Disbursement: Mid FY23 (mid July)

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant eligibility is limited to the lesser amount of $1,000 or 50% of an organization’s most recently completed fiscal year budget – or – current fiscal year for first-time applicants. Grant eligibility may increase in increments of $500 following each approved grant cycle, (i.e. after receiving a second grant award, the next application request may allow a $1,000 increase). The total eligible request may not exceed $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Activities for this grant period must be completed between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023. FY23 Arts Grants do not fund activities held prior to July 1, 2022.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

All grant applicants can now submit their application online using this electronic form. However, applicants must also submit a paper copy of their grant applications to or mail/drop off to Arts Recreation Specialist, George Hellwig Administration 14420 Bristow Road, Manassas, Va. 20112

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Herb Williams at the above email address for help.

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