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2019 Project Support II Grant Program

Grants to Cuyahoga County, Ohio Nonprofits for Arts
and Culture Projects, Events, Series, and Classes

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC)

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Deadline Date:

08/09/18 4:30 PM ET


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Cuyahoga County, Ohio nonprofit organizations for arts and culture projects and events. Applicants must submit an eligibility check by June 21, 2018. Eligible arts and cultural program areas include: literature, theater, music, dance, ballet, painting, sculpture, photography, motion pictures, architecture, archaeology, history, natural history, or the natural sciences. Funding is intended for expenses directly related to the project incurred during the grant period.

Organizations that do not have a primary mission that is arts and culture are encouraged to apply (community development corporations, social service organizations, etc.), as long as the proposed project meets CAC’s definition of arts and culture.

A project is a specific, connected set of activities, with a beginning and an end, explicit goals or objectives and a predetermined cost that does not equal the organization’s total annual budget. Projects may be one-time events, such as a festival or exhibit, or a defined series of events, such as a roster of classes or a series of productions. Projects with multiple components must show that there is a cohesive theme that ties the project together.

Panelists scores each application based on the Funding Criteria, with an emphasis on public benefit. As a reminder, the three Funding Criteria are as follows:
- Public Benefit: An organization’s ability to successfully engage its community through its project.
- Artistic and Cultural Vibrancy: An organization’s ability to create a fresh and exciting project.
- Organizational Capacity: An organization’s ability to successfully plan for and manage its project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157334

Estimated Size of Grant:

The request amount may not exceed $5,000 or 50% of the proposed project’s total expenses.

Term of Contract:

The 2019 grant period is from January 1 through December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must:
- Be a 501c3 organization not serving as a fiscal sponsor or agent.
- Have a permanent/viable base in Cuyahoga County for at least 1 year.
- Be incorporated and authorized to do business in Ohio as verified by the Secretary of State.
- Have produced or presented arts and/or cultural program(s) open to the public within the previous two years.

CAC strongly encourages applicants who are from communities that have been historically excluded or marginalized. Informed by the Grantmakers in the Arts’ “Racial Equity: Statement of Purpose,” these communities include: African and African American; Latino/a; Asian and Asian American; Arab; Native American; Pacific Islander; lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer; transgender and gender variant people; people with disabilities; and women. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture also recognizes that some marginalized communities may not be listed.

The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply to the 2019 Project Support II grant program (this list is not exhaustive):
- Organizations that are not in good standing with CAC and/or in compliance with previous grants;
- Organizations that are serving as fiscal agents or fiscal sponsors for an organization or program;
- Religious institutions without a separate 501c3 organization that specifically administers non-sectarian public programming;
- Private non-operating foundations;
- Units of government;
- K-12 schools;
- Individuals

Additionally, organizations receiving General Operating Support or applying for a Project Support I grant from CAC are not eligible to apply for Project Support II funding in the same grant cycle.

Please note: Colleges and universities are eligible only for activities that clearly serve the needs of the community and are designed to involve a broad audience. Activities that are credit-producing or are oriented primarily to collegiate students and the academic community are not eligible.

Project Support II funds cannot be requested for: operating support; fundraising events; religious ceremonies or events advancing or inhibiting a particular religious ideology; or advocacy of specific political causes or candidates.

Restricted uses of CAC funds include but are not limited to:
- Cedit-bearing academic programs (K-12 and college level)
- Activities that are not open to the general public
- General operating support or operating expenses not directly related to the project
- Fundraising or benefits
- Regranting, scholarships, tuition assistance, awards or cash prizes
- Deficit reduction or elimination, trust endowments, cash reserves, penalty or litigation fees, loans, or interest on loans
-Capital improvements, facilities or equipment
- Religious ceremonies or events advancing or inhibiting a particular religious ideology
- Cost of receptions, food and beverages
- Agent’s fees for programs contracted through commercial agencies
- Travel outside of the United States
- Advocacy of specific political causes or candidates.

Pre-proposal Conference:

CAC will offer a variety of technical assistance workshops/trainings in advance of the application deadline. Information regarding such trainings will be posted on the CAC website and all applicants will be notified by email. While workshops are not required, CAC strongly encourages and invites all eligible applicants to attend.

- Wednesday, May 9: 2019 Grant Opportunities Workshop & Technical Assistance Opportunity for New Applicants
- Friday, June 8: 2019 Grant Opportunities Workshop & Technical Assistance Opportunity for New Applicants

To register for the 2019 Grant Opportunities Workshop & Technical Assistance Opportunity for New Applicants:

- Wednesday, May 23: DataArts Webinar

To register for the DataArts Webinar:

Pre-Application Information:

First-time applicants to CAC grant programs are highly encouraged to schedule an informational meeting with CAC staff before the eligibility check deadline (June 21, 2018). To schedule a meeting, please contact one of the program managers.

Eligibility Check Deadline: June 21, 2018 by 4:30 pm ET.
Application Deadline: August 9, 2018 by 4:30pm ET

Organizations that do not complete the eligibility check will not be permitted to submit a Project Support grant application and will not be eligible for funding. However, completing the eligibility check does not automatically make the organization eligible to apply for funding. Following the submission of the online eligibility check, CAC will notify applicants via email, to the primary contact on record, whether or not they are eligible.

Key Dates for 2019 Funding:
- Tuesday, May 1: 2019 grant program guidelines available; Online Eligibility Check, Application Open
- Wednesday, May 9: 2019 Grant Opportunities Workshop & Technical Assistance Opportunity for New Applicants
- Wednesday, May 23: DataArts Webinar
- Friday, June 8: 2019 Grant Opportunities Workshop & Technical Assistance Opportunity for New Applicants
- Various Dates and Times: Office Hours with the Foundation's Program Team
- Thursday, June 21: 2019 Eligibility Check Due
- Date TBD: 2019 Project Support Applicant Workshop
- Thursday, August 9: 2019 Application Due
- Tuesday, November 13 at 5:00 pm: 2019 grant amounts announced during Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s Board meeting
- January 1 - December 31, 2019: 2019 Grant Period

The Foundation encourages all applicants to start the process early to give themselves and CAC staff as much time as possible to check for errors. CAC will be holding informational workshops during the application cycle and other opportunities for one-on-one assistance. CAC staff is always available to help answer any questions. As public employees, it is the Foundation's role to support the applicant and help the appilcant to be successful.

Pre-Screening of Applications:
CAC staff will pre-screen applications before moving them forward to panelists for review. If the submitted project does not meet CAC’s definition of a project (above) or of arts or cultural heritage (page 16), or if the application appears to be a request for general operating support, CAC staff will deem the project ineligible for funding. The application will not be reviewed by the panel and the organization will be ineligible for funding in 2019.

1:1 match required, of which 25% can be met through in-kind income.

2018 Project Support II Panel Results and Comments:

Panel Review Meetings:

Panel Review Meetings - Live:

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Project Support Sign-Up:

Dan McLaughlin
216.515.8303 x101

Luis Gomez
216-515-8303 x106

Heather Johnson-Banks
216-515-8303 x108

For questions regarding workshop or project support contact:
India Pierre-Ingram
216.515.8303 x107

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Cuyahoga County