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Go! Arts Program Support Grant

Grants to Fort Worth, Texas Nonprofits for
Arts Activities in Underserved Communities

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Arts Council of Fort Worth

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Deadline Date:

07/31/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $70,000 to Fort Worth, Texas nonprofit arts organizations for arts-related projects or programs in traditionally underserved communities. Applicants are required to attend a mandatory information session prior to applying. Awarded funds can only be expended on the proposed outreach program within the City of Fort Worth. The purpose of the program is to bring the performing, visual, and interdisciplinary arts into underserved communities of Fort Worth.

Grant recipients will demonstrate a strong commitment to outcome-based goals and reaching those which most lack other resources for art experiences.

Programs eligible for GO! Arts funding must:
-Be single, stand-alone outreach programs;
-Go into underserved communities;
-Demonstrate inclusiveness of racially, culturally, and economically diverse participants as appropriate;
-Take place outside of the organization’s home base of operations and/or usual performance venue;
-Demonstrably attract the target audience;
-Take place within the city limits of Fort Worth; and
-Be offered at no cost to program participants. (Organizations may charge a nominal fee to eligible venues)

Suggested venues include community centers; places of worship; libraries; senior centers; hospitals; Title 1 FWISD schools; Boys & Girls Clubs; and therapeutic centers.

Special consideration will be given to organizations who demonstrate a thoughtful approach and focused outreach to the most underserved in the community. For example, Title 1 schools which due to location or other factors may not be receiving the same level of arts outreach opportunities as other schools in the district. Organizations should also consider citizens of all ages and abilities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157066

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may request program support up to $70,000. Requests may not exceed 50% of the program budget or 25% of the organizational budget.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Begins: October 1, 2019
Period of Performance Ends: September 30, 2020

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;
-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;
-Have an organizational budget of $50,000 or more; 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.

Program restrictions:
-GO! Arts supported programs may not be presented as part of ‘Career Day’ or like programs.
-Only Title 1 FWISD schools may be served for in-school programming. A list of Title 1 FWISD schools can be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:

Mandatory Applicant Training Meeting

All applicant organizations must send a representative to the Mandatory Training Meeting. Training participants will walk through the grant guidelines with Arts Council grant program staff, paying special attention to updates and changes. Up to 2 individuals from each organization may attend. Light refreshments will be served and parking at the Western Heritage Garage will be validated.

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Pre-Application Information:


Grant Applications Open: June 5, 2019
Mandatory Applicant Training Meeting: June 11, 2019, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
Application Deadline: July 31, 2019, 4:00 PM
Period of Performance Begins: October 1, 2019
Period of Performance Ends: September 30, 2020
Award Notification November: 2019

Applicants who choose to submit via email are strongly urged to do so prior to the deadline.

In very rare circumstances, organizations may make a case for utilizing their own venue. Venue exception requests must be made in writing to the Arts Council a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the grant deadline. A written decision will be sent to the applicant within five working days from receipt. Requests should be emailed.

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.

GO! Arts Program 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 match may not utilize the same funds used for the Operating Support Grant match.

Contact Information:

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

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Mailed attachments should be addressed to:

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

Emailed presentations should be submitted to by the grant deadline.

Julia Olson, Grants and Initiatives Manager

Arts Council of Fort Worth
1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: 817-732-2360
Fax: 817-732-2866

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