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Grants to Southwestern Pennsylvania Arts
Nonprofits for Capacity Building and Arts Projects

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Funding Source:

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The Heinz Endowments

Conf. Date:

02/06/18

Deadline Date:

03/01/18 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to Southwestern Pennsylvania nonprofit arts organizations, as well as other arts organizations and groups with nonprofit fiscal sponsorship for capacity building activities and specific artistic projects. Applicants new to the current web portal system are strongly encouraged to attend the February 6 orientation webinar. Applicants applying with fiscal sponsorship are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying.

The goal of the Small Arts Initiative is to further the development of small, professional arts organizations and the artists with whom they work. “Professional” is broadly defined and denotes quality of artistic product, organizational leadership and audition/selection processes, as well as rehearsal and presentation standards. The Endowments anticipates funding a variety of performances, exhibitions and screenings. Once per calendar year, you may apply for your regular series or programming, or a new project.

All proposed projects must meet the following objective:
-Advance a particular organization or collective of artists/organizations’ ability to carry out well- defined artistic opportunities or challenges, thus encouraging the development of local organizations, technical staff and professional artists.

Examples of previously funded projects include:
-The annual production of a local company.
-Guest artists or technical personnel engaged to work with company members in the context of preparing for a public presentation or new work.
-Commissioning and/or presenting an ensemble or artist who will enrich the cultural landscape.
-Artistic expenses that are important to a pivotal project.

Two types of grants are available.

I. Project Support for Arts Organizations

Eligible arts organizations should demonstrate an existing organizational structure and artistic product that is proven or shows signs of promise.

II. Project Support for Fiscally-Sponsored Collaborations

This category of support is available because Endowments staff believes in the strength and opportunity afforded by collaborations and sharing of resources.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159720

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded up to $20,000. Grants begin at $1,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The foundation funds organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under section 509(a) of that code. Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible for funding.

The Heinz Endowments concentrates its efforts and resources in southwestern Pennsylvania. Given its primarily regional focus, the foundation is generally unable to consider applications for funding for projects outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania unless they have been specifically requested by the foundation.

Please note that eligibility differs between the two grant categories: Project Support for Arts Organizations, and Project Support for Fiscally-Sponsored Collaborations.

Project Support for Arts Organizations:

Eligible arts organizations should demonstrate an existing organizational structure and artistic product that is proven or shows signs of promise.

Minimally in place must be:
-An active, functioning board of directors.
-Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) public charity status, in place or applied for.
-An identified leader for the organization, paid or volunteer.

The organization does not need to have a regularly scheduled season in place, but should be able to demonstrate increasing artistic strength through examples of past performances or exhibitions, capacity to carry out the proposed project and articulation of a clear artistic vision.

Project Support for Fiscally-Sponsored Collaborations:

Participating artists/organizations must meet at least one of the following criteria:
-A partnership of, at minimum, two artists banding together for a performance, exhibition or screening around a theme.
-An artist or arts administrator collaborating with a group of advisors to present the work of multiple artists around a theme.
-An established, but unincorporated, arts organization consisting of multiple artists.

The fiscal sponsor for the collaboration must meet both of the following criteria:
-Must be a well-matched 501(c)(3) organization with a clear, mission-driven relationship to, or interest in, the project or members of the collaboration.
-Must be persuasive in its preparedness to provide administrative and technical support, offer artistic support when appropriate, oversee the receipt and expenditure of grant funds, and, in general, provide proof that it is exercising control of the project.

Nonprofit organizations with budgets greater than $250,000 are eligible sponsors; however, each individual artist/organization’s annual budget must be less than $250,000. If the fiscal sponsor for the collaboration is not an arts organization or does not have demonstrated expertise in the artistic discipline(s) specific to the proposed project, there must be an active advisory committee in place with skill in arts administration and knowledge of the proposed art form.

Due to strict eligibility requirements associated with collaborative projects, it is strongly advised that you contact the Endowments to discuss your project prior to submitting a proposal.

The initiative does not fund:
-Single artist projects.
-General operating support or staff positions.
-General marketing activities.
-Capital requests.
-Benefits or fundraising events.
-Programs that primarily provide benefit or opportunity to a membership organization’s own constituents.
-Arts education programming or programs that primarily provide training opportunities to youth.
-Projects that take place prior to the initiative’s grant notification dates.
-Non-arts organizations that utilize arts as part of their programming.
-Organizations/Sponsors that are not IRS 501(c)(3) public.
-Organizations outside of the following southwestern Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Endowments requires that the financial and programming information of your last fiscal year be submitted through the Cultural Data Project.

The Endowment strongly encourage applicants who are using this Web portal for the first time to attend the monthly New User webinar held the first Tuesday of every month at 1:00 PM.

If you are interested in attending a webinar, please review the Cultural Data Project calendar for specifics:
http://culturaldata.nonprofitsoapbox.com/calendar

An orientation webinar is scheduled for February 6, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM.

More information about the February 6, 2018 webinar may be found here:
http://culturaldata.nonprofitsoapbox.com/calendar/event/670

Pre-Application Information:

For Fiscally-Sponsored Collaborations: Due to strict eligibility requirements associated with collaborative projects, it is strongly advised that you contact the Endowments to discuss your project prior to submitting a proposal.

The Endowments requires that the financial and programming information of your last fiscal year be submitted through the Cultural Data Project. For more general information on the data project, please go to:
http://www.pacdp.org

Application Deadlines:
-Spring: March 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM
-Fall: August 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM

Grants Announced:
-Spring: Funding decisions announced by June 30.
-Fall: Funding decisions announced by November 30.

Application Submission Instructions:
http://www.heinz.org/grants/apply-for-a-grant

Eligibility Requirements:
http://www.heinz.org/grants#pod1246

Contact Information:

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

Register for the February 6 DataArts webinar:
http://culturaldata.nonprofitsoapbox.com/calendar/event/670

Apply Online:
https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_1492?SA=SNA&FID=35033

For questions about the online application form, contact:
Cheryl Dabat
cdabat@heinz.org.

For more information or questions about the Cultural Data Project, please contact:
Shaunda Miles
smiles@heinz.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties