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Creative Economy Fund

In-Kind Grants to Mesa, Arizona Nonprofits for
Arts Events and Activities at a Local Arts Center

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City of Mesa Department of Arts and Culture

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05/04/18 5:00 PM


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In-kind grants valued at up to $5,000 to Mesa, Arizona nonprofit organizations to hold arts activities, workshops, events, festivals, and series at a local arts center in the downtown area. Applicants must contact arts center staff to discuss prices and availability prior to applying.

Applicants may submit proposals requesting reduction of rental costs for the use of Mesa Arts Center theaters, Studios or Shadow Walk, or Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum lecture hall or courtyard for the purpose of presenting quality arts programs for the Mesa community and region.

The intent of this program is: 1) to provide support to professional and semi-professional organizations who use or wish to use the MAC venues; 2) to bring new cultural offerings to the Mesa and East Valley communities; and 3) to encourage new organizations to experience presenting or producing an event at the MAC, in order to form new partnerships and relationships among and across cultural organizations in the region.

Projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- A concert or series of concerts
- A theater, dance or spoken word production
- A collaborative or interactive community art project
- A festival
- A workshop or class(es) in the visual or performing arts
- A multidisciplinary project

Those applicants who have presented or will present performances, festivals or other activities at the Mesa Arts Center during the current fiscal year, July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019, must include, as part of the project for which support is requested, a community engagement, education or audience development activity or initiative, and are strongly encouraged to expand on previous efforts of these kinds.

This grant is intended to support each organization receives through the Creative Economy Fund to enable growth of the organization’s audiences and increased value to the community.

Examples of activities that fulfill this requirement include workshops, audience talk-backs, lecture-demonstrations, school or community based performances or outreach activities, discount ticket offers, ticket giveaways to low-income or underserved audiences, and special promotions that reach new audiences, although this is by no means an exhaustive list. Creativity in responding to this requirement is encouraged, and a thoughtful plan will increase the likelihood of receiving support.

The amount requested can cover base license fees only. All projects taking place at Mesa Arts Center will be included as calendar listings on MAC’s website and promoted on its digital marquees.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143865

Estimated Size of Grant:

Amounts requested for licensing reduction may not exceed the total amount being paid in facility licensing fees. Funding awarded to any one organization will not exceed $5,000, and for most applicants is unlikely to exceed $2,500.

Term of Contract:

The proposed projects must take place between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. While arts and culture organizations are strongly encouraged to apply, other nonprofit organizations that are offering arts programming to the public are also welcome to apply.

Nonprofit organizations whose tax-exempt status is pending may apply one time only through a nonprofit fiscal sponsor. A letter from the fiscal sponsor must accompany the application.

Organizations that are applying for support for the 2018-19 fiscal year through the MAC Foundation’s ACES Program (Arts and Cultural Education Sponsorship) should be aware that they are not eligible to receive support through both programs, and must disclose if they have submitted an ACES application or plan to do so.

ACES is primarily designed to support presentations by educational/student organizations and or presentations by community organizations that are specifically geared to educational audiences. For K-12 schools or those presenting an educational program for schools, the application should be submitted to the ACES program, rather than the Creative Economy Fund.

The events held at the Mesa Arts Center through the Creative Economy Fund cannot be fundraising events or promoted as such by the presenting/producing organization, whether for your own or another organization or cause. Organizations funded agree to acknowledge support from Mesa Arts Center in programs and other means that are feasible and appropriate, such as curtain speeches.

All production, front-of-house, or ticketing fees that are not included as part of the licensing fee will not be eligible for funding, but must be included as expenses in the project budget. Marketing services will not be provided as part of this support.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The grants workshop is scheduled for April 24, 2018, 5:00 - 6:00 PM at Mesa Arts Center, South Studios Conference Room, 3rd Floor.

This workshop will provide applicants with tips on submitting a competitive grant.

To attend, RSVP to Jean Kaminski (see contact details below).

Pre-Application Information:

As a requirement of the application, applicants must discuss calendar availability and cost estimates with Mesa Arts Center’s Event Services Supervisor, Jaime Kenney (see contact details below) prior to developing their budget.

- April 24, 2018: Grant Workshop
- May 4, 2018 (by 5:00 PM): Application due date
- May 9 - 11, 2018: Applications reviewed by a peer panel
- May 14, 2018: Panel meets
- May 24, 2018: Recommendations are reviewed and endorsed by the Museum and Cultural Advisory Board
- By May 29, 2018: Applicants are notified of the outcome of their proposal
- June 30, 2019: Projects must be completed

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Applicants are also welcome to use the Word version of the form to email, mail or drop off. Please make sure to include the additional required documents.

For questions or to submit the application via email:
Jean Kaminski

Mail applications to:
Creative Economy Fund
Office of the Director
Mesa Arts Center
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211-1466

Drop off applications:
Mesa Arts Center
One East Main St., Third Floor
North Studios Conference Room

For Mesa Arts Center availability and cost estimates, contact:
Jaime Kenney, Event Services Supervisor

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona: City of Mesa