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STAR Grant Program

Grants to Adams County, Pennsylvania Nonprofits,
Schools, and Artists for Local Arts Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Adams County Arts Council (ACAC)

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 Postmarked or Delivered


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Grants typically ranging from $500 to $1,800 to Adams County, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, schools, and artists for a wide range of arts activities to enrich local communities. Funding is intended to cultivate an arts-rich community for residents and visitors.

STAR Grant Program Goals:

  • To support a wide variety of arts activities in Adams County, traditionally an underserved region for the arts.
  • To increase assistance to schools and local artists for arts residencies and activities.
  • To encourage and support local decision-making in re-granting of County, and municipal arts allocations.
  • To increase access to high-quality arts programs for Adams County citizens and visitors.

A panel of three judges comprised of community citizens will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality of the project. This includes artistic merit based upon regional standards, project planning and design, realistic goals and activities, and qualifications of the artist(s). 
  • Ability to carry out the project. Applicant successfully demonstrates completing a project similar to proposed project. What resources - monetary, people, supplies, space - do the applicant have available? Is the budget realistic, is the request level appropriate, and is the budget balanced? Other funding sources? 
  • Community Served. Who is served (general public, students, or diverse populations)? Cultural/educational need for project. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148956

Estimated Size of Grant:

An organization or school may request any amount but typical awards range from $500 - $1,800.

Term of Contract:

Projects must occur between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Schools, nonprofit arts organizations, nonprofit organizations conducting arts events, and artists for commissions or for residencies (note: letter of agreement from school or organization requesting or benefiting from your services is required.)
- Project must be an arts activity that will benefit the public.
- Projects benefiting for-profit businesses are ineligible.
- Projects must be open to the public and take place in Adams County, or benefit an arts organization or artist(s) based in Adams County.

Not eligible for funding:
- Capital expenses (i.e., equipment)
- Activities that have a religious purpose
- Activities for which academic credit is given
- Programs already completed
- Events not taking place in Adams County
- Cash awards or prizes
- Benefit or fundraising activities
- Hospitality expenses (i.e. receptions, parties)
- Lobbying activities
- Competitions

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must apply by November 1, 2019 (postmarked or delivered)

Contact Information:

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

Submit Applications to:
Adams County Arts Council
125 S. Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325

If you have questions about the STAR Grant, please contact:
Aurora Bonner

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Adams County

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