Foundation / Corporation
Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis
04/11/19 11:59 PM
Grants starting at $15,000 to St. Louis County, Missouri nonprofit arts and culture organizations for general organizational support. Applicants are required to submit a pre-application prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support the production and presentation of ongoing artistic activities that are open to the general community.
General Operating Support (GOS) grants support arts and culture organizations in the production and presentation of ongoing, sustainable, high quality artistic activities that engage the diversity of residents within their communities and beyond. The GOS grant money provides unrestricted, renewable funding to support day-to-day operations of nonprofit mission-driven arts organizations that produce and present ongoing year-round programming.
The GOS grant program is RAC’s primary vehicle for supporting and strengthening the organizational, programmatic, and outreach capacity of grantees by providing unrestricted operating support.
The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) works to ensure that the arts are accessible to everyone. They do all they can to encourage, incentivize, and reward grantees to create more open, inclusive, and diverse places for people to experience the arts.
Successful applicants will seek to demonstrate the following qualities:
- A clear mission and vision supportive of artistic quality and community benefit
- Strong artistic and administrative leadership and management
- A qualified, engaged, and supportive board of directors
- A well trained and supported staff
- Positive and measurable outcomes that inform future decision-making
- Flexibility to adapt to internal and external changes
- An appropriate level of cash reserves to sustain the organization
GOS applicants receiving the highest ratings will share the following characteristics:
Artistic Merit and Quality of Programs:
- Strong artistic vision and leadership
- Some recognition of artistic excellence and quality of programs including awards, recognition, occasional local media
- Maintains a loyal audience base that is evidenced by consistent attendance numbers and ticket sales
- Hires local professional artists and builds the pool of artistic talent
- Diversity goals achieved through intentional outreach efforts and/or partnerships with diverse groups
- Implements strategies and programs to promote lifelong learning through the arts and to broaden and deepen an understanding of the art form through accessible and affordable programs
- Evidence of a commitment to diversity in staffing, board recruitment, and use of vendors
- Increases access to the arts through local and neighborhood based programming
- Awareness of the responsibility to increase awareness of value of the arts and participate in advocacy activities, when possible
- Ongoing efforts to assess and evaluate audience needs through surveys and other basic evaluation tools
- Solid administrative leadership and management
- An engaged and contributing working board of directors
- Strategic planning efforts undertaken on a regular basis
- Progress in establishing sound financial policies and practices
- Practice of generating renewable sources of annual income
- Accurate and timely preparation of financials
- Demonstrated progress toward establishing cash reserves to sustain the organization
- Provides training and professional development opportunities for staff and board members
GrantWatch ID#: 149316
The amount awarded is between $15,000 and $300,000.
A funding formula is used to determine the award amount in GOS. This formula is based on an organization’s average annual operating expense (AOE) which is determined by averaging an organization’s total functional expenses from their last three IRS Form 990’s. Interested applicants may estimate the maximum award their organization can receive by using the new Funding Formula Calculator (see Supporting Documents listed below).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online application portal: https://grants.racstl.org/
James F. Anderson, Director of Grants
(314) 863-5811 ext. 1007
Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
6128 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
USA: Missouri: St. Louis County
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