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ARTSFUND Grant

Grants to California Arts Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions for Arts Activities and Programs

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Alameda County Arts Commission

Deadline Date:

03/05/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to California nonprofit arts organizations in eligible regions to support and promote arts programming and activities. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. The grant program supports art forms in many disciplines, including dance, literature, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, traditional arts and crafts, and multidisciplinary arts.

With a focus on Alameda County organizations, the goals of the Program are to:

  • Promote the development of Alameda County as a center for all art forms and creative expression;
  • Increase high quality arts programs;
  • Advance arts organizations of all sizes with an emphasis on small and mid-sized organizations;
  • Promote arts organizations with unique and innovative programs;
  • Encourage arts organizations in communities that have relatively few established arts programs;
  • Encourage the range of diverse community members of Alameda County to participate in all aspects of arts activities;
  • Promote Alameda County organizations that provide arts programming as a primary focus of the organization and/or organizations that provide arts programming as an essential and indispensable aspect of the organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150717

Number of Grants:

During the 2020 funding cycle, it is anticipated that between 35-45 arts organizations may be awarded grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The standard ARTSFUND grant award amount is $1,000. To support one of the primary goals of this program, the Arts Commission may give larger grant awards to small and mid-sized organizations. For the purposes of this program, the Arts Commission considers a large organization to have an annual operating budget of $1 million or more.

Term of Contract:

The grant period for the 2020 grant funding cycle is the 24-month period from July 1, 2020 (first allowable event date) to June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Each applicant organization (“Applicant”) must meet all of the following criteria:
1. Be governed by a board of directors; board must include at least three persons who conduct meetings on a regular schedule such as monthly or quarterly.
2. Be headquartered in Alameda County with a physical location (a PO Box cannot be used as a headquarter).
3. Offer arts programming as a regular, ongoing part of organization’s activities. Arts programming must be the primary focus of the organization and/or the arts programs must be an essential and indispensable aspect of the organization.
4. If programs, performances, or services are exclusively within a single facility, that facility must be in Alameda County. Information on the physical location of the facility must be included in application.
5. Have provided consistent arts programming with 66% or more of its programs, performances, or services in Alameda County during the calendar year (Jan. – Dec.) prior to the date of application deadline.
6. Plan to provide 66% or more of its programs, performances, or services in Alameda County during the ARTSFUND grant period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022.
7. For activities consisting of public performances (such as music, dance, and theater), at least 66% of the performances must be in Alameda County.
8. For activities consisting of educational programs and workshops, at least 66% of the sessions must be in Alameda County.
9. If rehearsals are to be a specific component of the educational program, these sessions may be included within the program activities to help illustrate that 66% or more of its programs, performances, or services are in Alameda County; if rehearsals are not considered to be a component of the educational program, these sessions may not be included within the program activities,
10. For activities consisting of literary publications, they must be published in Alameda County and 66% of the circulation must be in Alameda County.
11. All programs or projects funded with ARTSFUND grant funds (including performances, exhibits, workshops, etc.) must be available and open to the public through attendance and/or participation.
12. Applicant did not receive a 2019 ARTSFUND grant. See 2019 Grant Recipients list within Guidelines.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
1. 501(c)(3) with the Applicant’s location within Alameda County and with information regarding Federal incorporated status with effective date of exemption established for at least one year prior to due date of the ARTSFUND application; community colleges with 501(c)(3) status are not eligible; or
2. 501(c)(4) with the Applicant’s location within Alameda County and with information regarding Federal incorporated status with effective date of exemption established for at least one year prior to due date of the ARTSFUND application.
3. If neither of the above criteria apply, an organization may be eligible to apply with a fiscal sponsor, using the Fiscal Sponsor Form (download from online application), providing that the Fiscal Sponsor:
a. Meets all the criteria in section I.A and meets either I.B.1 or B.2 criteria above.
b. Has a mission statement and organizational values similar to the Applicant organization.
c. And providing that both the Applicant organization and the sponsor organization are formal organizations with elected boards of directors that hold regular meetings.

For ineligible applicants, see: https://acgov.org/arts/pdfs/2020-ARTSFUND-Grant-GUIDELINES.pdf#page=4.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is March 5, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

Applicants in this category are required to confirm their status with the Arts Commission director, Rachel Osajima, prior to submitting an application.

Informational Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OwQoeYPbnA

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020ARTSFUND

Rachel Osajima, DIretor
rachel.osajima@acgov.org
phone 510-271-5162

Grant Coverage Areas:

Almeda County

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Almeda County

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