Grants to Franklin County, Ohio Artists
for Career-Advancing Activities
for Career-Advancing Activities
Foundation / Corporation
Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC)
Grants of up to $1,500 to Franklin County, Ohio individual artists for a broad range of career-advancing projects and opportunities. Funding may be requested for specific artistic projects, professional development classes and events, travel for performances, and artistic research and development.
1) Professional Development Grants - Grants of up to $1,000 are available to offset the costs of professional development opportunities. Examples of eligible activities would be master technique classes, enhancing business skills or attending professional conferences where development opportunities exist.
2) Supply Grants - Grants of up to $500 are available to offset the cost of supplies for individual artists to create new works. For example: filmmakers can use this grant to purchase film stock; visual artists can purchase paint or canvas; dancers can purchase music or specialty shoes, etc.
3) Performing Artist Travel Grants - Grants of up to $1,500 are available to offset travel costs for paid performance opportunities. Examples of eligible expenses would be airfare, car rental/fuel, lodging, meals, etc.
4) The Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Memorial Fund For Research and Development - Grants of up to $1,000 are available to offset the cost of traveling for research and development, can be conceptual or technical research. Examples of eligible expenses would be airfare, car rental/fuel, lodging, meals, etc.
Applicants must be creative artists who work in the City of Columbus and have for at least one (1) year prior to date of application; or a resident of Franklin County and have been for at least one (1) year prior to date of application.
Artists who are enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program of any kind at the time of application or during the grant period are not eligible to apply under any category.
Artists working full time as teaching staff of a college or university may only apply for the Supply Grant.
Please note: Beginning with the 2017 grant cycle, Next Level Columbus and similar “self-help” courses will no longer be considered for AITC grant funding. Only opportunities specifically for and/or about the creative arts and artists will be allowed. If you are unsure if your program meets the requirements, please contact Grants and Services staff.
-Beginning with the 2017 grant cycle, supply grants may not be used to pay third party providers (I.E. the artist applying for the grant may not use those funds to pay another artist to create work for them). If you are unsure if your project meets the requirements, please contact Grants and Services staff.
Performing Artist Travel Grants:
-Artists MUST show proof of invitation/offer to perform, as well as compensation to be considered.
-Opportunities that are “pay to play” situations will not be considered for funding.
Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and these funding categories will be suspended for the remainder of GCAC’s fiscal year when the funds have been expended. These categories will re-open when additional funds are made available either during the fiscal year or at the start of the new fiscal year.
The deadline is the first Monday of each month at 5:00 PM.
The Grants and Services team offers draft reviews up to two (2) weeks before the deadline.
If requesting an Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Memorial Fund For Research and Development grant, call Grants and Services staff to discuss specific needs and appropriateness of request.
Project start dates may not precede payment dates. For example, if you were to receive a grant, after notification of grant awards, you will be sent a contract to sign and return by the 15th of the following month. Depending upon when the Arts Council receives the signed contract (before the 15th or after), payment will be processed on either the 15th or 30th.
Even though grants open monthly, the award process usually takes three (3) months; you will hear about the grant decision by the end of the following month.
our grant activity (project you want to work on) cannot occur before the grant date.
Additional guidelines and application resources may be found here: http://www.gcac.org/grants-services/guidelines/
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply Online: http://goarts.gcaconline.com/login
Keya Crenshaw, Grants and Services Coordinator, Artists
Greater Columbus Arts Council
100 E. Broad St. #2250
Columbus OH 43215
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