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Cultural Vision Grant

Grants to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Nonprofits,
IHEs and Individuals for Arts, History, and Science Enrichment

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts and Science Council (ASC)

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LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

12/06/19 Noon


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and individuals, for arts, history, heritage, and science programming serving local audiences. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application.

Consideration will be given to high-quality programs that:

Build Community by:
- Connecting individuals across points of difference to increase understanding and acceptance and positive regard between our communities; and/or
- Nurturing, celebrating and supporting the authentic cultures and creative expression of historically under-invested populations.

Or Increase Relevance and Innovation by:
- Activating nontraditional performance or exhibition spaces close to where people live; and
- Providing groundbreaking or participatory experiences that reflect changing communities.
- Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to quality and clear intention toward at least one of the aforementioned objectives with capacity for success.

ASC is particularly interested in expending support to programs occurring in Charlotte/Mecklenburg communities north of I-85, along the South Boulevard, West Boulevard and Central Avenue corridors – as well as programs that engage communities in scientific and historic curiosity.

ASC funds can be used for program-related fees & contracts, marketing & advertising expenses, expendable supplies & materials, space rental, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158933

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020. Funded projects must conclude by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Please consider applying if your project meets the following criteria:
- At the time of application, applicant is either an individual with a primary residence in Mecklenburg County or a Mecklenburg County-based, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that is in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (Groups that do not have tax-exempt status may apply through a fiscal sponsor organization.)
- Collaborative projects are welcomed. Organizations working together should identify a single organization who will serve as the grant applicant and fiscal sponsor.
- Religious organizations and institutions of higher education may apply provided the project reaches the broader community and does not contain religious content.

- Organizations that have a current and active ASC Operating Support or Project Grant are not eligible to apply for Cultural Vision Grants. (Note: This restriction will be revised for subsequent funding cycles.) However, these organizations may serve as a partner or fiscal sponsor.
- Projects that are religious in nature or specifically serve only church membership or faculty/student body are not eligible.
- Projects that involve work with preK-12 children during the school day are not eligible to apply.
- Organizations that have delinquent paperwork for a previously-funded ASC grant are not eligible to apply.
- Generally, ASC will not consider multiple requests from the same organization (with the exception of large 501(c)(3) organizations with multiple locations such as the library system, YMCA or college/university).

For a list of ineligible costs please see the URL for Full Text (RFP) below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

In July and August, ASC Staff will host workshops and info sessions in and around Mecklenburg County focused on upcoming funding opportunities for individual artists and cultural organizations.

The following info sessions and workshops will be offered:
- August 7, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Arts & Science Council (227 W. Trade St., Ste. 250, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Opportunities Covered: Cultural Vision Grants
Audience: Creative individuals and nonprofit cultural organizations
Click here to register:

- August 28, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m.
Matthews Community Center (100 E. McDowell St., Matthews, NC 28105)
Opportunities Covered: Cultural Vision Grants, Regional Artist Project Grants, Culture Blocks, and Community Supported Art
Audience: Creative individuals and nonprofit cultural organizations
Click here to register:

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Pre-Application Information:

Grantees will be required to provide matching dollars toward the project expenses. Generally, applicants will be required to match dollar-for-dollar in cash or a combination of cash and in-kind.

All required and supporting documents and materials must be submitted using our online application system.

- Initial Application Deadline: Monday, September 9, 2019 at Noon. All applicants must submit an initial application using the online application form by the published deadline in order to be considered for a Full Application. Please note that initial applications submitted after the published deadline cannot be accepted.
- Conversation with ASC Program Staff: September 12-17, 2019. You will be asked to submit your availability for this conversation in the initial application. An ASC staff member will contact you to confirm the time for a phone interview as required based on your submitted materials.
- Invitation to Full Application: The week of October 14, 2019. Following ASC’s review of each proposal’s alignment with the goals of the Cultural Vision Grant, select candidates will be invited to submit a full application for review by the application review panel. Included in this invitation will be specific guidance on the funding amount the applicant may request. Note that some applicants may be invited to apply for a grant amount less than the full need indicated in the initial application.
- Full Application Draft Review: All applicants invited to submit a full application will meet with the program director for consultation while preparing their full application. Drafts will be submitted by clicking the “Email Draft” button from inside the Full Application form online and should be directed to Liz Fitzgerald. The consultation meetings will be scheduled to occur before November 23rd.
- Full Application Deadline: Friday, Dec 6, 2019 at Noon. All applicants are required to apply through the online application system. You will be given access to the online Full Application after review of your initial application by an ASC Program Director. Unfortunately, applications received after this day and time cannot be accepted.
- Award Notification: By January 1, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Liz Fitzgerald, Program Director, Cultural & Community Investment

227 W. Trade Street, Suite 250
Charlotte, NC 28202

P: 704-333-2ASC (2272)
F: 704-333-2720

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Mecklenburg County