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Operating Support Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofit Arts Organizations in
Eligible Locations for Operational Expenses

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Foundation / Corporation

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Arts Council of Fort Worth

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Deadline Date:

07/31/20 4:00 PM CST - Receipt


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Grants to Texas nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations for operational expenses. Funding is intended for administration, general operations, and program costs incurred during the grant year. Awarded funds can only be expended on the proposed activities that take place within the City of Fort Worth.

Eligible uses for Operating Support funding include:

  • Administrative staff salaries;
  • Artistic salaries/fees;
  • Office supplies;
  • Production costs;
  • Facility rentals;
  • Marketing, printing, and other administrative costs; and
  • Outreach and education.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157064

Estimated Size of Grant:

Operating Support award maximums are determined through a percentage of the applicant organization’s operating budget, as listed below. Typical awards do not reach stated maximums.
- Operating Budget > $1 million; Maximum Operating Support = 5% of Operating Budget
- Operating Budget = $450,000–$999,999; Maximum Operating Support = 10% of Operating Budget
- Operating Budget = $50,000–$449,999; Maximum Operating Support = 15% of Operating Budget
- Operating Budget ≤ $49,999; Maximum Operating Support = $10,000; 20% of Operating Budget

Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance Begins: October 1, 2020
- Period of Performance Ends: September 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive funding from the Arts Council of Fort Worth Grants Program, an applicant organization must:
- Be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit in good standing with IRS and up to date with Form 990 filings;
- Be a nonprofit arts organization whose primary mission is the presentation or production of artistic programming;
- Have a physical headquarters located within the City of Fort Worth (PO Boxes are unacceptable);
- Demonstrate active operations and a history of at least 2 consecutive years of related program offerings within the City of Fort Worth;
- Conduct majority (more than 50%) of its work/outreach/programming within the Fort Worth community;
- Have a salaried full-time or part-time (15-20 hours per week) administrator that is responsible for and authorized to address the contractual obligations of the Arts Council Cultural Contract and the business management of the organization (artist fees and honorariums do not satisfy paid staffing requirements);
- Compensate salaried staff at a rate no less than the federal minimum wage at the time of grant submission; and
- Meet all compliance measures and be in good standing with the Arts Council Grants Program.

Ineligible applicants include:
- Academic institutions and/or their affiliated arts groups;
- Fiscal sponsors; or
- Former Arts Council grant recipients with overdue, unacceptable, or falsified reports.

Ineligible uses of funding include:
- Scholarships, purchase awards, or cash prizes;
- Capital improvements, endowments, construction, or real property;
- Debt reduction, interest on loans, fines, penalties, or costs of litigation;
- Benefits or special events planned primarily for fundraising;
- Sub-granting programs;
- Activities for which college or university students receive academic credit;
- Financing of political activities; or
- Programming that is made inaccessible to any audience member based on gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Mandatory Applicant Training Webinar

A representative from all applicant organizations who plan to apply for a 2020/2021 Operating Support Grant must participate in the Mandatory Applicant Training Webinar on June 10, 2020 at 9:30 AM. Training participants will walk through the grant guidelines with Arts Council grant program staff, paying special attention to updates and changes. Please register to reserve your spot. Up to 2 individuals from each organization may participate.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Grant Guidelines Available: April 2020
- Grant Applications Open: June 5, 2020
- Mandatory Applicant Training Webinar: June 10, 2020 at 9:30 AM–12:00 PM CST Registration Required
- Application Deadline: July 31, 2020 by 4:00 PM CST
- Period of Performance Begins: October 1, 2020
- Award Notification: November 2020
- Period of Performance Ends: September 30, 2021

All applicants must apply for funding online through the Arts Council grants portal.

Each application must include submission of a separate audiovisual presentation. Audiovisual presentations are viewed by evaluators to provide an overview of the applicant organization and/or proposed programming, expanding on and enhancing information already shared in the narrative portion of the application.

Arts Council staff are available year-round to assist with the application process and provide feedback on draft proposals, in advance of the application deadline. Draft applications are accepted for review and feedback up to 2 weeks before the application deadline. Due to the volume of requests, application assistance will not be available the final week before the deadline, however technical support related to the grants portal will be provided.

Operating Support Grant recipients are required to procure and provide evidence of a 1:1 cash match of the funds awarded through any combination of earned or unearned income. The grant recipient’s failure to meet the match will result in a proportionally reduced grant award and may require reimbursement to the Arts Council.

Grant awards are paid in full in January of the funded year.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Mailed attachments should be addressed to:

Arts Council of Fort Worth
ATTN: Grants Program
1300 Gendy St
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Digital audiovisual submissions may be shared via email or Dropbox with by the grant deadline.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: City of Fort Worth

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